In this funding cycle, USDA anticipates awarding approximately $7.5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant. Planning grant awards will range from $20,000-$50,000 and implementation grant awards will from $50,000-$100,000. Funding for training grants is expected to range from $20,000-$50,000. For all three types of grants, the federal share of a project cannot exceed 75 percent of the total cost of the project, as required by Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. Therefore, the applicant must provide at least 25 percent of the costs of the total project. The total project cost is the federal grant request amount plus the applicant match.
The Request for Applications (RFA) and other helpful documents are located under "Related Documents" on grants.gov! Please see the Grant Applicant Resources page for important supporting materials and RFA resources.