Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM)
Grants of $15,000 and in-kind grants of support services to Vermont schools and early care providers to develop in-school healthy local food and nutrition programs. Funding is intended to integrate the cafeteria, classroom, and community and to improve and expand food programs for children.
The overall objective of the Vermont Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant Program is to help Vermont schools and early care providers develop Farm to School programs that will sustain relationships with local producers, enrich the educational experience of children, improve the health of Vermont children, and enhance Vermont’s agricultural economy. This is best accomplished through a comprehensive team approach.
All schools and early care providers come to the Vermont Farm to School Program with a different level of experience and familiarity with Farm to School principles and practices. The goal of this grant opportunity is to meet schools and early care providers where they are and provide individualized coaching, technical assistance, professional development, and financial assistance to help them move forward in the development of their own, unique Farm to School program. In many cases, schools or early care providers jumpstart their Farm to School program by first expanding and improving their food programs.
It is highly recommended that applicants consult the attached Vermont School Wellness Policy Guidelines, which were established by the Agency of Education, the Department of Health and the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, before developing an application for this grant.
GrantWatch ID#: 184426
Up to seven applications will be awarded.
Each grantee will receive $15,000 to accomplish the objectives of this grant. In addition to a financial award of $15,000, each grantee will be provided customized coaching, technical assistance, and professional development
The grant period runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
Any Vermont registered or licensed early care provider or consortium of early care providers; independent schools; supervisory union (SU) or educational district on behalf of a public school or consortium of schools may apply for this competitive grant.
VAAFM will host two webinars for potential applicants. It is strongly encouraged that at least one member of your team to join the appropriate webinar, as it will cover details of this RFA and instructions for navigating our online grants management system.
These interactive webinars will provide the opportunity to ask questions. The webinars will be recorded and posted on the website afterwards. Applicants are required to attend or view a recording of these informational webinars.
- For Early Care Providers: Friday, October 5 from 1:00-2:30pm.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7057370807013476866
- For Schools: Thursday, October 11 from 3:00-4:30pm.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6700373675125793794
- October 2, 2018: Request for Applications released
- October 5, 2018: Informational webinar for early care provider applicants (1:00-2:30pm)
- October 11, 2018: Informational webinar for school applicants (3:00-4:30pm)
- November 14, 2018: Applications due by noon in WebGrants
- December 20, 2018: Applicants notified of awards
- January 2019: Grantees sign grant agreements and submit initial $6,000 claim
- February 6, 2019: Project Teams attend Farm to School Awareness Day at the Statehouse for official grant award ceremony (4:00-6:00pm) (at least one grantee representative is required to attend)
- Spring 2019: Grant Intro and Onboarding Workshop (date TBD)
- December 31, 2019: Action Plan and second claim due
- December 31, 2020: Grant completion date
- January 30, 2021: Final report and claim due
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://agriculturegrants.vermont.gov/
Ali Zipparo, Farm to School Program Manager
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
116 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2901