With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems will award roughly 20 Michigan K-12 schools/districts and early childhood programs funds to plan for, or implement, farm to school programs that focus on purchasing and utilizing local foods. Grants are available for up to $2,000 in funding per program, however sites serving a smaller number of children are encouraged to apply for funding adequate to their needs. The grant year is September 6, 2016 – June 7, 2017.
The MI Farm to School Grant Program offers Planning and Implementation grants to eligible applicants. Schools/districts and early childhood programs must have at least 50% free and reduced-price meal enrollment or equivalent to be eligible.
· Planning Grants help schools/districts and early childhood 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 childhood programs put existing farm to school plans into action and ultimately develop a "Farm to School Sustainability Plan" to keep the program going in future years.
Please visit the MI Farm to School Grant Program page for more details regarding the grant program, eligibility, and requirements for applications and information regarding eligibility, requirements, and suggestions for activities.