Farm to School Application

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Overview

The passage of Act 154 (H.969) allocated $100,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Farm to School Program to address the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vermont COVID-19 Agriculture Assistance Program (VCAAP) Farm to School Application will reimburse schools and registered or licensed child care providers for equipment and supply purchases that were necessitated by the COVID-19 global health pandemic and help support farm to school program goals.

  • The application opened on Friday, October 16, 2020. 
  • The application deadline is Monday, November 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
  • Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and awarded on a first come, first served basis.
  • Applicants will be reimbursed for the costs of all eligible purchases, up to $10,000. If the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets receives a high volume of applications, it may lower the maximum individual grant award to distribute funds equitably.

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Eligibility

  • Eligible applicants will need to provide documentation, such as invoices or receipts, for any purchases they are seeking reimbursement for. The VCAAP Farm to School grant can cover eligible purchases made after March 1 and before the date of submission. 
  • Applicants will need to clearly explain how the purchases were necessitated by COVID-19, and how they support the goals of farm to school, which include local procurement, hands-on learning, and food and agriculture education. 
  • Examples of eligible items include improvements for outdoor learning and/or dining spaces and equipment for processing, packaging, storing, and serving meals safely. 

How to Apply​

The VCAAP Farm to School Application is part of a joint application with the Agency of Education’s Child Nutrition Equipment Grant. The Agency of Education program will cover costs for eligible supplies and equipment, including vehicles, freezers, and other capital assets, necessary to provide meals to children using the federal child nutrition programs during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Applicants can choose to apply to one or both of these programs using the same online application.

  1. Review the application for grant details. 
  2. Gather documentation of purchases or other costs for which you will seek reimbursement.
  3. Complete and submit your application by Monday, November 2 at 11:59 PM. 

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Contact Us

(802) 828-2430 select #9
AGR.CovidResponse@vermont.gov

 

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                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
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    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
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  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431