Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM)
Grants of $1,000 to Vermont schools and early care providers to purchase equipment and supplies to improve their food programs. The equipment will ensure that students have access to fresh dairy products and will improve the quality of the meals served to children.
Grants are available for schools and early care providers, as described below.
For schools: Grants are available to reimburse schools for the purchase of milk coolers to ensure students have access to fresh, nutritious dairy products.
For early care providers: Grants are available to reimburse early care providers for purchasing infrastructure to improve their food program and/or farm to early care program.
Approved expenses consist of the following:
- For schools: Any new milk cooler, including coolers for cartons, gallon containers, and bulk milk bags. For help making a purchase decision, see the Milk Service in Vermont Schools: Decision Making Criteria, Best Practices and Case Studies.
- For early care providers: Any infrastructure to improve a food program. Acceptable purchases include items that strengthen the program’s farm to early care program/activities and the meals they serve to the children in care. Examples: kitchen equipment, cooking utensils, child-friendly kitchen utensils to involve children in meal preparation, dining ware to allow the program to serve family-style meals, improvements on kitchen space/storage, etc. Garden infrastructure is an acceptable expense, but must be limited to $100 purchase per grant.
GrantWatch ID#: 184427
Up to 32 grants will be awarded.
All grants will be awarded in the amount of exactly $1,000.
Grantees may purchase equipment during the period of January – December 2019.
For schools: Any K-12 Vermont school is eligible to apply for these Farm to School Infrastructure Grants. Schools are only eligible for assistance with the purchase of a milk cooler.
For early care providers: Any early care provider that is registered or licensed through the Vermont Department for Children and Families and based in Vermont is eligible to apply for this grant. The provider must already serve snacks or meals to be eligible for a grant. Moreover, a group of early care providers may apply collectively for an infrastructure grant. Multiple early care providers are encouraged to collaborate to spread the impact of infrastructure purchases to as many children as possible. Early care providers are eligible for assistance with the purchase of any infrastructure that benefits their food program or food/nutrition activities. An early care provider may not be awarded both this grant and a Vermont Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant, which are competitive $15,000 grants that support the expansion and improvement of food programs and/or the creation or expansion of farm to school and farm to early care programs.
Priority will be given to applicants who:
- Currently participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- Are Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS) providers
- Serve infants and toddlers in the program
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
Grants will be disbursed as reimbursement for infrastructure purchases. No partial funding will be awarded.
- 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) Optional
- December 31, 2019: Claims (invoice and receipt of purchase) 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