Vt. Governor Proclaims October Farm to School Month, New Grant Opportunities Released

On Monday, October 2 Governor Phil Scott signed a proclamation designating October 2017 Farm to School Month in Vermont.

"I'd like to recognize how important the Farm to School program is to Vermont. Farm to school has always been a source of pride for our state, and that pride grows from the program as it gets stronger," said Gov. Scott.

"We have $200,000, that's the most money we have ever had in this program...we continue to lead the nation in this program. Schools and childcare centers should reach out to us to apply for potential money." said Secretary Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

This year, with the help of the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont Department of Health, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is pleased to announce the release of two new Farm to School grant opportunities for 2018. New this year, both Farm to School grant opportunities are available to childcare providers as well as schools! Click on the links below for the Requests for Applications.

1. Vermont Farm to School & Child Nutrition Grant The VAAFM Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based childcare providers and schools to expand and improve food programs and/or to create or expand farm to school programs by integrating the classroom, cafeteria, and community (the 3 C’s of farm to school). Up to six applications will be awarded at $15,000 each, made possible by legislative appropriation and a financial investment of a dedicated partner. The anticipated grant period will be January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019.  

2. Vermont Farm to School & Farm to Childcare Equipment Grant: The VAAFM Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based childcare providers and schools to purchase equipment that will improve their food programs and/or farm to school/farm to childcare programs. Up to 23 grants will be awarded at $1,000 each to reimburse schools and childcare providers for these purchases. Equipment purchases must be made by February 28, 2018.

NOTE: All Farm to School Grant applications MUST be submitted online through WebGrants. Paper applications will NOT be accepted. Instructions for using WebGrants can be found in an appendix in the Request for Applications. 

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