The following initiatives and agencies offer funding opportunities for Farm to School initiatives including kitchen equipment and school gardens.
Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program — Minnesota Department of Agriculture — Funding available to support Minnesota school districts in the processing of Minnesota agricultural products. Grants are intended to: Create feasibility plan that identifies specific equipment, tools, training or policies needed by school districts; and/or purchase equipment to allow schools to purchase, prepare and serve more Minnesota grown and raised food. Proposals are due each March and November.
Agricultural Education Grant Opportunities — Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council — List of available grant opportunities for agricultural educators.
Ag Literacy Grant Program — Minnesota Department of Agriculture — Grants are available to support K-12 educators who effectively integrate food systems content into the school.
Minnesota Department of Health – Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) — SHIP works to prevent disease before it starts by helping create healthier communities that support individuals seeking to make healthy choices in their daily lives.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools — Funding to bring salad bars to schools to increase access to fruits and vegetables for children.
Teaching Gardens — American Heart Association — Funding is available for youth garden creation.
School Garden Grant Program — Whole Kids Foundation — Grants of $2,000 available for school gardens.
Youth Garden Grants Program — National Gardening Association — Grants to support educators and youth leaders that engage youth in gardens.
USDA Grants and Loans for Farm to School Efforts — While not a necessity to begin or sustain Farm to School activities, additional funding resources may assist schools and farmers in carrying out their Farm to School efforts. USDA has several available grant and loan opportunities that can assist the school to farmer connection, teach students about fresh local products, and help farmers and schools to purchase equipment to augment Farm to School efforts.
USDA’s Rural Development Department Community Facilities (CF) Grant — This is a unique opportunity for non-profit organizations, public bodies, and tribal organizations in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population to upgrade their community’s child nutrition facilities and purchase equipment that could improve access to healthy, locally, or regionally grown products.
Funding Opportunities — National Farm to School Network — Available list of upcoming grant opportunities for farm to school programs.