USDA Farm to School Program

Opportunity:  Establish a farm to school program to gain better access to local foods and achieve the 30% local food measure to qualify for higher state reimbursement.

USDA Farm to School Program

General: Funds the establishment of a Farm to School Program to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

1)    Support Service grants are intended for entities that support school districts at the state level.  

2)    Implementation grants are intended to help schools or school districts scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives. Districts that have had successful training grants are positioned well to apply for this grant.

3)    Planning grants are for schools or school districts just getting started on farm to school activities and are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations. WFL BOCES has already been awarded this grant, the next step is the Implementation grant.

4)    Training grants are state-level only.

Priorities:  Applications from school districts (i.e. the school district is the lead applicant1): schools or school districts will receive at least 50 percent of the overall number of planning and implementation awards.

• Applications from Indian Tribal Organizations and entities serving Native communities.

• Projects that reach more than one school.

• Projects that serve a high proportion of children (at least 40 percent or more) who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. (Weighted average of all districts will be used, so we can include districts below 40 percent).

Eligibility: Eligible schools are considered pre-K - 12 school food authorities (SFAs) that participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs and/or operate USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.

Matching Funds:  There is a 25% matching fund requirement.  This can be met with in-kind donations or state and/or local funds.


1)    Planning grants are expected to range from $20,000 - $50,000 (a district or group of districts could do a planning grant, while others participate with WFL BOCES on an implementation grant);

2)    Implementation grants are expected to range from $50,000 - $100,000 (Not recommended if you have not conducted previous planning – WFL BOCES has done a previous planning grant);

Due Date:  December 4, 2018

Interested: WFL BOCES will be applying for this grant.  If you are interested, please contact Chris Semler at or 585-200-2568.

For More Information:



Grant Interest Request