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Farm Field Trip (FFT) Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and CBOs
for PreK-12 Field Trips to Local Farms

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Division of Health and Wellness

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Deadline Date:

11/27/17 3:00 PM


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Grants of $20,000 and $40,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit and community-based organizations to provide PreK-12 students with the opportunity to visit local farms. Farm field trips provide children and youth with a hands-on opportunity to understand how food is cultivated, learn about the importance of locally-growth fruits and vegetables, and explore the landscape within an around the District as a space for growing and raising food.


The Healthy Schools Act (HSA) of 2010 (D.C. Law 18-209), as amended (codified at D.C. Official Code § 38-821.01 et. seq.) aims to create a healthy school environment where students can achieve academically and learn healthy nutrition and activity habits for life. The HSA requires OSSE to develop programs that promote the benefits of purchasing and eating locally-grown and unprocessed foods from growers engaged in sustainable agricultural practices and to administer funds to further improve health, wellness, and nutrition in schools (D.C. Official Code § 38-821.02(g)). It also requires schools to develop local wellness policies that include opportunities for nutrition education to be incorporated into the school day. Understanding the local food system and participating in hands-on education programs, both at school and off-site, places District students in the position to make healthier lifestyle choices.

The Healthy Tots Act (HTA) of 2014 (D.C. Law 20-155), as amended (codified at D.C. Official Code § 38-281 et. seq.) provides funding and resources to support child development facilities’ ability to serve nutritious meals and to offer high-quality wellness programming to its participants through wellness grants. Farm to preschool is a natural pre-cursor to farm to school because it provides a unique opportunity for District children to be exposed to food system education and experiential learning at an early age. The HTA requires OSSE to make funds available for competitive grants to award to child development facilities participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program1 to support, among other things, nutrition, gardens and farm to preschool programs (D.C. Official Code § 38-282(d)(1)).

Farm field trips are one of the core components of the farm to school and farm to preschool programs and district-wide assessments have shown that schools need financial support to participate in these types of activities. Farm field trips are usually offered in the spring, between March and June, and in the fall, between September and November. Exact dates are dependent on the farm itself and the weather for that season. Some farms may offer winter field trips to learn about animals or greenhouse growing methods.

Grantees must choose to work with either schools (PreK through grade 12) or child development centers/homes.

The funds MAY be used for:
-Farm field trip program fees
-Pre-trip and post-trip lessons and/or activities with students
-Materials and supplies
-Transportation for students and accompanying teachers/chaperones

Funding for food may be used for the following purposes only:
-Food for demonstration/educational purposes (ex. cooking demo, taste test of healthier food choices).
-Meals for students and accompanying teachers/chaperones during grant-related activities if those meals are directly related to the experience of the program (ex. The farm provides farm-grown lunch for the students during a field trip). Otherwise, we recommend requesting field trip meals through your National School Lunch or Child and Adult Care Food Programs.
-Any other food purchase requires prior authorization from OSSE.

All snacks/foods purchased with Healthy Schools Act and Healthy Tots Act funds must meet the requirements of the USDA Smart Snacks in School guidelines. If a meal is to be provided to students, it must consist of healthy foods (fresh fruits and vegetables, whole-grain rich products, lean sources of protein, non-fried foods, and no desserts such as candy, cakes, pies or buns). Grantees should strive to purchase local and seasonal produce when available. Prior approval from OSSE must be obtained before purchasing meals for students.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175600

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Number of Grants:

One $40,000 award and one $20,000 award is available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

A $40,000 award is available for working with schools, and a $20,000 award is available for working with child development centers/homes.

Term of Contract:

The grant period begins on January 2, 2018, and ends on September 20, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The intended recipients for the FFT grant are nonprofit and community-based organizations (CBOs). CBO’s must demonstrate that they are able to engage with District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Charter Schools, and Child Development Centers and Homes (specifically children up to the age of five years old and ones that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program) from all eight wards of the city.

OSSE will accept applications from nonprofit and CBOs with 501(c)(3) status that can demonstrate expertise and success working with farm to school programs.

The funds MAY NOT be used for:
-Travel expenses (ex: hotels, airline tickets, and per diem).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are encouraged to attend a pre-application conference at OSSE 810 First St. NE, Fourth Floor, Washington, DC 20002 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 9:00 AM.

This will provide the opportunity to ask questions about the new structure of the grant and meet potential partners for your application.

Pre-Application Information:

To ensure an equal opportunity for all applicants, OSSE requests that applicants submit questions regarding the RFA electronically by November 3, 2017, at 4:00 PM. Answers to submitted questions will be made available by November 13, 2017, at 4:00 PM. Questions submitted after this deadline date will not receive responses. Responses to questions will be published on the Farm Field Trip FAQ webpage.

Applications must be submitted electronically using the EGMS System no later than November 27, 2017, at 3:00 PM.

Key Dates:
-Announcement Date: September 29, 2017
-RFA Release Date: October 13, 2017
-Pre-Application Question Period Ends: November 3, 2017
-Application Submission Deadline: November 27, 2017

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register for the October 24 pre-application conference:

Apply Online:

Tyler Baer, Farm to School Specialist
(202) 540-6646

School Programs Team
Division of Health and Wellness
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Government of the District of Columbia
810 First St. NE, Fourth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

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