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Funds available for farm-to-school projects

Washington state offering $4 million in grants.

Farm Press Staff

August 18, 2023

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Teachers tend to a school garden
Teachers tend to a school garden.USDA ARS

Washington state is offering $4 million in grants for teachers and child care workers to use for farm-to-school projects over the next two years.

The State Department of Agriculture’s Farm-to-School Purchasing Grants will cover the purchase, use and promotion of foods that are grown, raised caught or foraged in Washington by child nutrition programs, including schools, child care and early learning services.

Officials say the grants also help communities deal with lingering economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic with support to child nutrition programs.

Grants are available to school districts, childcare centers and organizations that operate a USDA Child Nutrition Program, as well as tribal schools and early-learning centers.

Funding will be released in two rounds. Applications for Round 1 of the Farm to School Purchasing Grants are now open and are due by 5 p.m. PST on Sept. 25, 2023.

Grant amounts will range from $1,000 to $800,000 and be based on student and community need, the proposed project’s alignment with the purpose of the grant, and achievability within the grant period.

Grant funds can be used for food that is grown, raised, caught, or foraged in Washington state as well as non-food costs that support the development and sustainability of farm to school efforts to purchase and promote foods grown and raised in Washington State such as equipment, materials and supplies, staff time, transportation and travel costs associated with farm to school training.

WSDA Farm to School Purchasing Grants are an ongoing market opportunity for Washington farmers and producers to sell to small and large institutions. Producers can explore this fact sheet to learn about selling to schools and other institutions, visit the WSDA Farm to School Toolkit, or reach out to [email protected] for assistance connecting with their local school district.

For complete details on the grant guidelines and to apply, visit the Farm to School Purchasing Grant webpage or email [email protected].

Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture

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