2023-24 California Farm to School Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

As part of California’s nation-leading investment in farm to school programs, the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) has received funding to establish and continue the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program.

CDFA-F2F is currently accepting applications through 5pm April 4,2024. The CDFA will have up to $52.8 million available for the four funding tracks. The amount of funds that the CDFA will award in each funding track will depend on the number of competitive applications that the CDFA receives per funding track.

What are the funding tracks?

To support a systems approach to advancing farm to school throughout the state, the program offers the following four tracks:

• Track 1: The California Farm to School TK-12 Procurement and Education Grant
• Track 2: The California Farm to School Technical Assistance (TA) Grant
• Track 3: The California Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Grant
• Track 4: The California Farm to School Producer Grant

What are the funding opportunities for this program?

• Track 1: $200,000 to $1 million
• Track 2: $50,000 to 350,000
• Track 3: $50,000 to $200,000
• Track 4: $15,000 to $350,000

What is the purpose of the Farm to School Grant Program? 

This program is designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools and help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. Grants can launch new farm to school programs or expand existing efforts.

Ultimately, farm to school programs are believed to strengthen children’s and communities’ knowledge about, and attitudes toward, agriculture, food, nutrition, and the environment; increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables; increase market opportunities for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors, and food manufacturers; and support economic development across numerous sectors.

Who are eligible applicants for this program?

Eligible applicants may include schools and other institutions that operate Child Nutrition Programs, Indian Tribal Organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, nonprofit entities, and state and local agencies.

Applicant eligibility varies by grant track, as detailed in the Farm to School Grant Request for Applications and summarized below.

Is cost share required?

There is no cost share requirement! However, applicants must be able to show a commitment to farm to school programming.

What is the project and award timeline?  

Applications are due April 4, 2024 by 5:00pm Pacific Time.
The anticipated date for award announcements is May/June 2024.
For all funding tracks, the grant term begins November 2024 and ends October 2026.
The full Request for Applications (RFA) can be found here.

For more information on this grant or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at grants@morrisonco.net or call us at 530-893-4764.

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