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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

FW: Farm to School Month Update: 2020 USDA FARM TO SCHOOL GRANT RFA IS LIVE!


Please see notice below about the USDA Farm to School Grant Request for Applications (RFA), which is now live! Please contact Jenna Segal (contact below), our USDA Midwest Regional Farm to School Lead, or for more information about this grant opportunity and RFA.


And happy Farm to School Month from us here at Michigan Farm to School!




Colleen Matts

(she, her, hers)

Farm to Institution Specialist

Coordinator, Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Core Partner, National Farm to School Network

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems | 517.432.0310 | |


From: "Segal, Jenna - FNS" <>
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 1:05 PM
Subject: Farm to School Month Update: THE 2020 FARM TO SCHOOL GRANT RFA IS LIVE!


Hello Farm to School Partners,


Happy Farm to School Month! I'm emailing to share with you the exciting news that the FY 2020 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now available! FNS seeks to award up to $10 million this fiscal year.


There is one major change I want to highlight. FY 2020 marks the first time that a separate track is available specifically for State agencies. State agencies include any State‐level agency working to promote farm to CNP activities in eligible schools, such as State Departments of Education, Health, or Agriculture. The State agency does not need to administer the Child Nutrition Programs in order to be eligible for this track; however, the State agency applicant must include a letter of support from the relevant CNP‐administering State agency. See p. 13 of the RFA for more information. Other pertinent details are below:


Open Date:                       October 8th, 2019

Closing Date:                    December 13th, 2019 until 11:59pm ET

Tracks:                               Planning, Implementation, and State agency

Eligible Applicants:         City or township governments

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education

County governments

Independent school districts

Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

State governments

Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)


The Office of Community Food Systems will host a webinar Wednesday, October 23rd, at 3:00pm ET to help interested applicants learn more about the RFA and how to apply for a grant. Please keep an eye on The Dirt e-newsletter for updates about the Farm to School Grant application!


The RFA can be accessed here: We encourage you to share the RFA opportunity and the upcoming webinar widely among your networks!


P.S. I will also be sending out an email on updated FY19  Farm to School Census participation rates this week too!  





Jenna Segal, MPH

Midwest Farm to School Regional Lead, USDA-FNS-MWRO

Office of Community Food Systems

77 West Jackson Blvd., 20th Floor

Chicago, Illinois 60604


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