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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Apply for Funds Through the Innovation Hub!

Applications are now open for the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub!
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is a part of the Lake Michigan School Food System Innovation Hub, which supports people working to improve meals in schools across Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana — especially in areas that don’t have equitable access to resources. 

Our USDA-funded grant-making initiative offers funding, training and other assistance to partnerships that include farmers, food producers, suppliers, distributors, schools and organizations.  

Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000 per year. Applications are open until April 30, 2024. 

Do you know a way to bring local, nutritious and culturally relevant food to more schools across our region? Learn more at
Upcoming Events
Tomorrow! Lake Michigan School Food System Launch Webinar: Understanding Our Grants and How We Can Help

  • The upcoming launch webinar is on Wednesday, February 14 at 2:00 p.m. EST (English) and 3:00 p.m. EST (Spanish). This webinar will include an overview of the Innovation Hub's request for applications, including who’s eligible, and how applications will be scored. We will also review all the support we have available to help you apply. Lastly, a brief overview on how to inclusively engage and support priority communities will be covered.

New! Collaboration Across Michigan for the Innovation Hub: Regional Roundtables 

  • The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems will be hosting two virtual roundtable discussions to help connect Innovation Hub applicants in their regions to share and discuss their visions and project ideas with one other. Roundtables are open to anyone interested in the Innovation Hub awards, including school personnel, farmers or food suppliers, staff from community organizations, and more. We will be dividing participants into interactive breakout groups based on their Michigan region of interest: Upper Peninsula, Northwest, West Central, Southwest, Northeast, East Central, Southeast, and Central.

  • Events will be held on: 
  • February 22nd at 11:30 am – 12:45 pm EST 
  • Register here
  • March 5th at 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm EST 
  • Register here
About Michigan Farm to School

Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early care and education settings. We share ideas, tools and resources to support a range of efforts, from school garden programming to farmer visits and field trips.

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