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Grant Opportunity ID
Department of Agriculture & Markets
Grant Opportunity
Farm to School Competitive Grants 2016
Contact Name
Meg McCabe
Contact Email
Solicitation Profile
Farm to School is the promotion and use of foods produced by local farmers in meals served in cafeterias of K-12 schools. Associations between farms and schools through the cafeteria and classroom can enhance the quality of food served. With over 700 school districts in NYS, there is the opportunity to foster relationships with local farmers, food hubs, producers, processors, and distributors to benefit school-age children. Where increases in childhood obesity rates are presenting challenges to communities, a statewide Farm to School Implementation Grant Program may offer a solution to improve the nutritional quality of the meals consumed by students in schools through a competitive grant process that awards funding to select schools for farm to school projects. The farm to school projects are intended to improve the school’s ability to procure and/or process NEW YORK-GROWN SPECIALTY CROPS which will not only improve school nutrition, but also increase children’s exposure to and consumption of NYS fruit and vegetables which will ultimately increase awareness of and demand for NYS specialty crops.

Full Announcement Details
Applications Due (Date / Time)
October 05, 2016 / 04:30 PM ET
Bidder's Conference(s)/Application Workshop(s)
None available
Anticipated Award DateMonday, November 23, 2015
Anticipated Initial Contract Length24 Months
Total Funding Available$500,000.00
Anticipated Amount of Award(s)
NarrativeThe NYS Budget includes $500,000 for projects designed to incorporate locally produced specialty crops into K -12 school meals programs.
Letter of IntentNot Required
Letter of Intent Due
Questions Due DateMonday, September 19, 2016
Questions and Answers Narrative
Questions and Answers Posting TypeLink
Questions and Answers Posting Date9/26/2016 12:00:00 AM
Questions and Answers Link or UploadClick here
Eligible ApplicantsNot-For-Profit, Governmental Entity, Tribal Organization
Target Population(s)
Service Area(s) Education Supports, Agricultural Supports, Government Supports
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