Farm to School Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant Program will provide schools with funding to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.
The program aims to bridge the gap between children and the food system by connecting them to the fresh, healthy food available from Pennsylvania agricultural producers in their community and the surrounding areas. Through changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early childhood education sites, children will become more aware and engaged with their local food system as well as empowered to leverage their own consumer influence to support Pennsylvania agriculture.
Project scopes could include the following:
Procuring and marketing local agricultural products into the cafeterias of the schools
Agriculture and nutrition curricula executed at the schools
Agriculture and nutrition incorporated into curricula already present at the schools
Training educators to implement or incorporate agriculture and nutrition curricula into their instruction
Experiential education opportunities regarding agriculture. such as farm field trips, service-learning opportunities on farms (for example, planting, weeding or harvesting), and school gardens
Where applicable, projects should include:
A list of Pennsylvania farmers who have agreed to supply the school with products from their farms
Nutrition and agriculture education, including integration into regular classroom subjects
Training of teachers and other educational staff on nutrition and agriculture education
Inclusion of parents, caregivers, and community groups in educational activities
Field trips to Pennsylvania farms or other direct agricultural experiences that teach children about sources of food and Pennsylvania agriculture
Eligibility & Funding
Any school district, charter school, or private school with pre-kindergarten classes, kindergarten, or elementary through fifth grade is eligible to apply for up to $15,000. Preschool programs operated by schools and child care centers are encouraged to apply, but family and group child care homes are not eligible at this time.
$500,000 is available for the Pennsylvania Farm-to-School Grant Program; grants will be awarded on a funds-available basis.
Projects must be completed no later than June 30, 2021
Grants will be funded as reimbursement grants
A single grant shall be limited to 75% of the cost of the project
Each school may receive no more than $15,000 annually
Recipients may use the value of in-kind support to match the amount granted
The detailed requirements for the Farm to School Grant Program can be viewed online.