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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 Grant Program

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New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

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01/14/22 4:00 PM Receipt


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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 advised that required registrations must be completed prior to submitting an application.

Funding is available for eligible school districts to support the growth of Farm-to-School programs across New York State. The program helps Kindergarten through Grade 12 schools connect with local farmers, increase the use of locally grown food on school menus, and improve student health, while providing increased economic benefits to New York’s farmers.

The objective of Farm to School projects must be to increase the volume and variety of New York State farm products purchased by schools/districts to be served in school meal programs. Applicants are encouraged to include other objectives including agricultural and nutrition education, gardening activities and relationship building with local agricultural food businesses and farmers. Projects that partner with producers or food processors are strongly encouraged.

A wide variety of tasks may be proposed to meet this objective. Examples of some possible tasks intended to meet this objective would be:

  1. Employ a local or regional Farm-to-School coordinator.
  2. Conduct training for school food authorities on how to procure New York State farm products.
  3. Conduct training for food service staff on how to prepare and serve fresh produce.
  4. Purchase the equipment needed to increase the capacity of a school kitchen and food service staff to prepare and serve New York State farm products.
  5. Implement capital improvements to support the processing, transport and/or storage of New York State farm products.
  6. Implement a school meal program that features New York State farm products.
  7. Partner with local producers or processors to create new products for school menus.
  8. Work with other school districts to implement a coordinated local buying program with or without the assistance of distributor or other aggregating entity such as a food hub.
  9. Introduce culturally appropriate foods in school meals while creating new markets for farmers

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GrantWatch ID#: 199488

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards may range from $25,000 to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects must be completed within two years of the contract start date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants eligible for Round 6 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:
• K-12 School Food Authorities
• Charter schools
• Not-for-profit organizations
• Indian tribal organizations

Ineligible Applicants:
• For-Profit organizations
• Individuals

Grant funds may not be used for the following:
• Purchase of regular menu food
• Purchase of cell phones
• Rent or lease
• Operational expenses
• Purchase of computer hardware and office equipment
• Salaries and wages unrelated to the proposal
• Costs associated with preparing an application
• Costs incurred prior to the award of a grant
• Costs supported in whole, or in part, by other State funding

Pre-proposal Conference:

Conference Name: Farm to School Grant Workshop

Date/Time: 11/12/2021 3:00:00 PM
Location Address: 10B Airline Drive

Please email or call Emily Cook to register.

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Request for Proposals (RFP) November 2021
- All questions must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on November 19, 2021.
- Questions and Answers Posted November 29, 2021
- Deadline for Applications Friday, January 14, 2022. Proposals must be received by 4:00 pm.
- Announcement of Grant Awards Anticipated early March

Applicants must be registered and pre-qualified in the Grants Gateway to submit an application. New York State Grants Management reserves 5-10 business days from the receipt of complete materials to process a registration request. Due to the length of time this process could take to complete, it is advised that new registrants send in their registration form as soon as possible. Failure to register early enough may prevent potential applicants from being able to complete a grant application on time. For more information, see

Applicants may apply for only one grant per funding period either individually or as a group.

Once the contract is fully executed, grant funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Awardees may request, at the discretion of the Department, an initial payment of up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the total grant award.

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

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All questions about this RFP must be submitted in writing (fax or e-mail) to:
Emily Cook
NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets 10B Airline Drive
Albany, NY 12235
Fax: (518) 457-4383

Grants Gateway Help Desk:
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Phone: 518-474-5595

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