Funding Opportunities

Farm to School Grants

Since 2007 the Rozo McLaughlin Farm to School Grant Program has been awarding Vermont schools with funds to integrate local foods in school cafeterias, classrooms and communities. The goals of the grant program are to encourage schools and school districts to serve food to Vermont students that is as fresh and nutritious as possible; maximize the use of fresh, locally grown, produced and processed foods; educate students about healthy eating habits through nutrition education, including using hands-on techniques to make the connections between farming and the foods that students consume; increase the size and stability of farmers’ direct sales market; and increase school meal participation by increasing the selection of foods available to students.

This grant program is made possible by collaboration between the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and VT FEED (Food Education Every Day).

The next round of grants will be in the spring of 2014. More information

Farm to School Arts Cards

We created Vermont Farm to School Arts Cards to celebrate local farms and schools and to provide you with a fundraising opportunity. There are 20 note cards depicting original landscapes by 10 Vermont artists that you can sell to raise money for your school or organization. Your organization will make up to $4.00 per pack (5 cards/envelopes at $10 per pack). For example: a sale of 250 packs of cards would result in up to $1,000 raised for your organization. There is no minimum order size.

Each pack of blank note cards contains 5 different, original, full-color landscapes. The cards and envelopes are made from 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer, chlorine-free paper manufactured in a carbon-neutral manner featuring environmentally-sound ink. 

VERMONT FARM TO SCHOOL ARTS is a joint project of Vermont FEED and The Burlington School Food Project, collaborative working to improve the health of school-aged children by providing whole and local foods, and engaging the community in sustainable food systems change. 

More information                                                                                                                                               

Annie's Grants for Gardens 

A limited number of small grants to community gardens, school gardens and other educational programs that connect children directly to real food. Schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants up to $250. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

Application deadline: Currently Closed More information

The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull, has established herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Mr. Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his students. These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with students will continue for years to come.

Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an indoor or an outdoor herb garden grant.

Application deadline: October 1, 2014 More information

Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants

Fuel Up to Play 60 is a nationwide competitive funding program to help K-12 schools jumpstart and sustain school wellness activities and initiatives. The program provides seed money - up to $4,000 per school - to help Fuel up to Play 60 educators make their schools a healthier place! Applications are available now.

Application deadline: June 4, 2014 More Information 

Kitchen Garden International Sow It Forward Grants

Sow it Forward is a grants and partnership program offering $600 grants of cash, seeds, supplies, books and online garden planning software to groups wishing to start a new food garden project or sustain an existing one.

Applicants will include schools, food pantries, community gardens, retirement homes and other nonprofit groups interested in healthy foods, sustainability and resilient communities.

Application deadline: January 5, 2014 Submit online at: SowItForward.org.

Cabot Healthy Living Grants
The goal of these grants, for both schools and communities, is to improve kids' health through exercise, better nutrition and knowledge. Cabot will provide matching funds of up to $200 for any qualifying program. Cabot created the matching grant process to encourage schools to reach out to their own local businesses, cooperatives, parent clubs and others. Doing this supports sustainability for the initiative, provides awareness about a school's new healthy living idea and encourages participation by community members. There is no deadline and Cabot will respond to your application within 2-4 weeks.
 
Application deadline: closed, might re-open in the future.
Other funding resources can be found on the National Farm to School website.

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