Funding available for Farm to School Grants from MN Dept. of Agriculture

Funding available for Farm to School Grants from MN Dept. of Agriculture

October 25, 2020 ---School News - KKIN/KFGI/KLKS/WWWI News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (10/26/20)

(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is looking for two new proposals for Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) grants that aim to increase local purchasing in Farm to School Programs.

Minnesota School Districts could receive a total $374,000 for purchasing Minnesota-grown and raised foods used in school meal programs. Grants that are available for school districts to apply for include Farm to School Full Tray Grants and Farm to School First Bite Mini-Grants.

The Full Tray Grants will be awarded to school districts that have experience purchasing Minnesota-grown and raised products but want to expand their Farm to School programs. Applicants may apply for up to $35,000 based on the district size. Grants require a one to one match.

The First Bite Grant is intended to be an intentional learning process for the applicant. Recipients in FY2021 will not be eligible for the First Bite Grant in subsequent funding rounds. Schools districts may apply for a minimum of $2,500 and a maximum of $5,000. There is no match required.

Applications for AGRI Farm to School First Bite and Full Tray Grants must be submitted by 4pm Friday, December 18th. More information on available grants can be found on the MDA’s website.