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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

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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. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator before applying. Collaborative projects including multiple grades are encouraged.

Specifically, these grants can help your school, afterschool program, or school-related wellness program launch projects related to farms, our agricultural heritage, farm products, food production, or local food consumption at the school itself.

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.

Additionally, grantees are required to create a final display and present it at Trek to Taste in Woodstock, Vermont on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Costs of the display, including travel, should be included in the grant budget.

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 2, 2018.
- Articles must be completed by July 6, 2018.

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:

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

Applications received by March 28, 2018, will get first consideration, and thereafter applications will be considered on a rolling basis. A large but limited number of grants is available.

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 2, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Before applying, you are strongly encouraged to contact:

Beth Roy, Farm to School Coordinator
Upper Valley Farm to School Network
802.291.9100 x105

Then, apply online:

Or, email the application form to Beth Roy at the email address above.

Grant Coverage Areas:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire;   Vermont