Farm to School Vision Grant

*The 2021 application period for this grant has closed*
Download the complete Request for Applications here
Watch this video for a brief overview of the grant

Important Dates

  • Application Opens: April 14th, 2021
  • Deadline to Submit Application: May 12th 11:59 pm
  • Award Announcements: End of May 2021

Program Background

The Farm to School Vision Grant is a new grant opportunity offered by the Agency of Agriculture. This is a two-year grant with a maximum award of $38,000. Successful applicants will be required to provide a match equal to twenty-five percent of the total grant award. Matching funds can be in the form of cash, in-kind services or a combination of both. Cash match is not a requirement, but proposals that leverage additional funding will receive preference over those that meet the match requirement through in-kind services alone. 

Farm to school is a broad term. It defines a variety of efforts aimed at educating and engaging children and young adults on the connections that exist between agriculture, nutrition, community and health. This competitive funding opportunity is designed to support projects that engage youth in exploring those connections. We are seeking proposals that address specific challenges related to the interconnections between agriculture, nutrition, community and health.

Applicants will be required, through qualitative and/or quantitative evidence, to identify a farm to school related challenge impacting their community. Applicants will then need to demonstrate how their proposal seeks to address that challenge. Proposals must center youth in their scope. Strong proposals will:

  • Clearly articulate the problem they seek to address
  • Engage multiple community stakeholders
  • Demonstrate a high likelihood of success
  • Demonstrate an ability for the project to be easily scaled and/or replicated
  • Demonstrate the likelihood of continued impact beyond the grant period

Eligibility

Vermont Schools and licensed and/or registered childcare providers are eligible to apply for this grant. Both individual schools or childcares are eligible, as well as school and/or childcare consortiums.   

Non-profits or community organizations that conduct programming in Vermont are also eligible, but must apply as a co-applicant with an eligible school or childcare.

How to Apply

Applications will need to be submitted through our online grants management system, WebGrants. If you are interested in this, or other Agency opportunities, and do not have a WebGrants account, you can register for one here. We will begin accepting applications for this grant on April 15th, 2021.  

Questions about this or other farm to school grants can be directed to:

Trevor Lowell
Farm to Institution Program Manager
trevor.lowell@vermont.gov
(802) 585-9186

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431