Grant Applications Open for Schools and Early Care Providers
2019 Vermont Farm to School Grant Requests for Applications (RFA) are now available. Applications will be accepted until November 14, 2018 at noon.
See, below, for more information.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets is proud to present the annual program report for the Vermont Farm to School & Childcare Grant Program, established with the passage of the 2006 Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Act. Our program supports vibrant and resilient communities and contributes to multiple goals of the Vermont Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Since its inception, with the support of many partners in the Vermont Farm to School Network, the program has invested more than $1 million in nearly 200 schools and childcare providers.
2019 Vermont Farm to School Grant Program Requests for Applications (RFA) are now available, below. All applications must be submitted on our grant management system, WebGrants. Please, read the RFAs carefully for information about how to log into and navigate WebGrants. Applications will be accepted until November 14, 2018 at noon.
Vermont Farm to School Child Nutrition Grant: The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based early care providers and schools to expand and improve their 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 seven applications will be awarded at $15,000 each, made possible by legislative appropriation and the financial investment of a dedicated partner. The anticipated grant period will be January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2020.
Vermont Farm to School Infrastructure Grant: The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) Farm to School Team is seeking applications from eligible Vermont-based early care providers and schools to purchase infrastructure that will improve their food programs and/or farm to school/farm to early care programs. Up to 32 grants will be awarded at $1,000 each to reimburse schools and early care providers for these purchases. This grant opportunity is made possible by legislative appropriation, Vermont dairy farmers, and the financial investment of a dedicated partner.
- K-12 Schools: Infrastructure grants are available to reimburse schools for the purchase of milk coolers to ensure students have access to fresh, nutritious dairy products.
- Early Care Providers: Infrastructure grants are available to reimburse early care providers for purchasing infrastructure to improve their food program and/or farm to early care program.
Review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), to learn answers to common questions about Farm to School Child Nutrition Grants. Any additional questions about the RFAs must be submitted to AGR.FarmToSchool@vermont.gov.
VAAFM will host a webinar for potential applicants. We strongly encourage at least one member of your team to join the webinar, as it will cover details of this RFA and instructions for navigating our online grants management system. This interactive webinar will provide the opportunity to ask questions. A recording of the webinars will be posted here, after October 11th. Applicants are required to attend or view a recording of this informational webinar.
Webinar Update: Due to technical difficulties, we need to cancel the early care prospective grantee webinar scheduled for Friday, October 5. We welcome early care providers to join the webinar scheduled on October 11th at 3:00 PM, and apologize for the inconvenience.
- WEBINAR FOR SCHOOLS AND EARLY CARE PROVIDERS will take place Thursday, October 11th from 3:00-4:30pm. Only 25 attendees can join this webinar, but a recording will be posted on this website after October 11th. The link for this webinar has changed, so please use the following link to join the webinar: https://meet.lync.com/vermontgov-vermont/alexandra.zipparo/FM5RRVB
Vermont Farm to School Program Resources:
- Complete List of Grantees: 2007-2018
- Milton Case Study
- Sharon Case Study
- Using Food Hubs to Create Sustainable Farm to School Programs
- Vermont School Wellness Policy Guidelines
- Vermont Wellness Policy Implementation Tool
- Attachment C: Standard State Provisions for Grants & Contracts
- Vermont FEED Farm to School Rubric
- Three Step to Starting & Strengthening Your Vermont Farm to School Program
- Farm to Early Care: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Food System Career Profiles (Vermont Farm to Plate Network)
- 2018 VT Farm to School and Childcare Report
- 2018 VT Farm to School and Childcare 2-Pager
- Milk Service in Vermont Schools: Decision Making Criteria, Best Practices and Case Studies
- Milk in Vermont Schools: A Decision-Makers' Guide to Milk Service
- Economic Contribution and Potential Impact of Schools Purchase of Local Foods in Vermont
- Farm to School Economic Impact 2-Pager
- Yourth Risk Behavior Survey: Health Impact of VT Farm to School Grants
- School Health Profiles: Health Impact of VT Farm to School Grants
There are resources and organizations around the state that may be valuable resources For your farm to school program.
- Center for Agricultural Economy (greater Hardwick area)
- Food Connects (southern Vermont)
- Green Mountain Farm to School (Northeast Kingdom)
- Healthy Roots (Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Vermont)
- Marble Valley Meals (Rutland County)
- Northshire Grows (Bennington area)
- Upper Valley Farm to School (Upper Valley region)
- Vermont Food Bank Gleaning (Chittenden and Windham)
- Vermont Gleaning Collective (Statewide)
- Hunger Free Vermont (Statewide)
- Vermont Community Garden Network (Statewide)
- Vermont Agency of Education Child Nutrition Program (Statewide)
- Vermont FEED (Statewide)
- VT Recycles (Statewide)
- Nutrition & Physical Activity Guidance for Schools and Childcare (Statewide)
- Vermont Farm to School Network Listserv (Statewide)
- Vermont Farm to School Coordinator Newsletter (Statewide)
- New England Dairy Farm to School (Northeast Region)
- National Farm to School Network (National)
- USDA Farm to School (National)
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets Farm to School Contacts:
If you have any questions about the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets Farm to School Program questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-828-2430