MI Farm to School Grant Program
Special Flint Farm to School Grant
We are excited to announce a new local food procurement grant opportunity that will support up to $2,000 to purchase and provide more local, nutritious produce to food programs that serve children in Flint affected by the water crisis.
Eligible food programs must serve children of Flint and must already be serving meals and/or snacks. Eligible food programs include Summer Food Service Program sites, early childcare centers and licensed group child care homes, schools participating in the National School Lunch Program, and other programs participating in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
For the purposes of this project, local produce is defined as grown in Michigan, with priority placed on fruits and vegetables from Flint and Genesee County growers. Produce high in iron, calcium, and/or vitamin C will be prioritized as these fruits and vegetables reduce the absorption of lead in growing children’s bodies.
Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based upon completeness, feasibility, and descriptions provided. Applications will be accepted and awards provided on a rolling basis starting the week of July 11, 2016 and until all available funds have been committed. A total of $20,000 has been committed for grant awards.
Michigan Farm to School Grant 2016 - 2017: Increasing Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables for Children of Flint
2016 - 2017 MI Farm to School Grant Program Overview
The application process for 2016-2017 is now closed.
The MI Farm to School Grant Program will award roughly 20 Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early childhood programs with funds ($2,000 maximum each) to plan for or implement farm to school programs focused on local food purchasing. The grant year is September 6, 2016 – June 7, 2017. The MI Farm to School Grant Program offers Planning and Implementation grants:
- Planning Grants help schools/districts and early child care and education programs plan for integrating local foods into their meal programs AND ultimately develop a Farm to School Action Plan to begin a Farm to School program.
- Implementation Grants help schools/districts and early child care and education programs put existing Farm to School plans into action
To learn more watch our 2016 - 2017 Informational Webinar.