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Upper Valley Farm to School Mini-Grant

Grants to Vermont and New Hampshire Schools in
Eligible Areas for Farm and Food-Related Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Vital Communities

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Grants of up to $500 to Vermont and New Hampshire public and private schools in eligible regions for farm, agriculture, or food-related programs and projects. Activities may take place during or after school hours. Funding is intended to help schools implement new or established programs related to farms, agricultural heritage, farm products, food production, or local food consumption at the school. Collaborative projects including multiple grades are encouraged.

Funding may be used for a wide range of farm-to-school related costs, such as field trips to local farms, food from a local farm, materials for gardens and garden activities, and stipends for farmers, teachers, or FTS coordinators. Funds could also be used in the cafeteria to pay for training, supplies, or equipment.

Recipients in both states are required to present their project at Trek to Taste in Woodstock, Vermont, in June 2019. Costs of the display, including travel, should be included in the grant budget.

Eligible applications will be awarded on merit and geographical representation around the Upper Valley.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179899

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant is $500.

Term of Contract:

Project presentations at Taste to Trek will take place on June 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All public and private schools in the Vital Communities service area are eligible to apply.

Vital Communities serves 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. The perimeter of the service area includes Ryegate, Vermont, and Bath, New Hampshire, in the north; New London, New Hampshire, in the east; Walpole, New Hampshire, and Westminster, Vermont, in the south; and Bethel, Vermont, in the west. See the link in Grant Coverage Areas for more information, as well as the service area map in Supporting Documents.

Lead applicants must be directly affiliated with school programs. School staff, including teachers, administrators, food service, facilities, and/or garden/farm to school coordinators, are ideal candidates. Only one grant will be provided per project, but schools can propose multiple projects for funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications received by March 29 will get first consideration, and thereafter applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applicants must fill out an application and submit it electronically to Beth Roy or apply online.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Beth, Farm to School Coordinator, before applying (see Contact Information below).

Please note, one teacher (or alternate) and at least four students must attend the farm to school showcase at Trek to Taste in Woodstock, Vermont from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM on June 1, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Or download the application and email to:
Beth Roy, Farm to School Coordinator
802.291.9100 x 105

Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire;   Vermont