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Grants to New York Nonprofits, K-12 School Authorities, and Charter Schools to Increase the Usage of Locally-Grown Produce in Schools

New York State Farm-to-School Program

GrantWatch ID# 199488
Agency: State

Funding Source
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

Geographic Focus
USA: New York CityNew York

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/30/22
Deadline: 01/24/23 4:00 PM Receipt

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, K-12 school authorities, charter schools, and Indian Tribal organizations to increase the usage of locally-grown produce in school meal programs. Applicants are required to preregister in the application system and prequalify prior to submitting an application.

The Department provides financial assistance to New York State schools through the State’s Farm-to-School program. The Farm-to-School program was launched in 2015. It helps kindergarten through grade 12 schools to increase the purchase of locally grown and produced food for school meals and provides increased economic benefits to New York’s farmers. 

Grant funding will be awarded for projects that support the establishment or expansion of farm-to-school programs in districts across the State, including:

  • Employing a local or regional farm-to-school coordinator;
  • Training food service staff to increase knowledge of local procurement and
  • Preparation of locally produced food;
  • Purchasing equipment needed to increase capacity of school kitchen and food
  • Service staff to prepare and serve locally produced food;
  • Completing capital improvements to support the transport and/or storage of
  • Locally produced food; and
  • Creating new food products for the menu.

For eligible costs, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants eligible for Round 7 of the Farm-to-School program include kindergarten through grade 12 school food authorities, public schools, charter schools, not-for-profit schools, and other entities participating in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, or the Summer Food Service Program. Not-for-profit entities working with school food authorities and eligible schools are also able to apply, and projects that partner with producers and food processors are encouraged.

Eligible applicants include:
- Eligible schools
- State and local agencies
- Indian tribal organizations
- Small and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small and medium-sized
agricultural producers
- Non‐profit entities

Pre-Proposal Conference
A non-mandatory “bidders conference” grant workshop will be held November 30, 2022, at 12:00 pm. The workshop will be recorded and posted to the department’s website.

Conference Name: Farm to School Grant Workshop

Wednesday, Nov 30 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
(UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Pre-Application Information
Proposals must be received by January 24, 2023, by 4:00 p.m.

All questions must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on December 30, 2022.

All grant funding opportunities will require applicants to register as a user on the Grants Gateway system in order to apply. In addition, all not-for-profit organizations must be prequalified in order to do business with New York State. Visit the site to register and prequalify.

This is a reimbursement grant.

Additional information:

Grants Gateway Listing:

An informational webinar was held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Check out a recording of this webinar here:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards may range from $25,000 to $100,000.
- A portion of the funding, $200,000, will be dedicated to applicants that have not received an award in previous rounds of the program.

Term of Contract
Anticipated Initial Contract Length: 24 Months

Contact Information
Apply Online:

All questions about this RFP must be submitted in writing (fax or e-mail) to:
Tim Pezzolesi
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
Fax: (518) 457- 2716 P
hone: (518) 457-7076

Grants Gateway Help Desk:
Email: (fastest method of contact)
Phone: 518-474-5595

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