Two types of farm to school grants are available to support K-12 meal programs. Planning grants range from $20,000 - $45,000 and are mainly for National School Lunch or Breakfast Program participants starting farm to school efforts. Implementation grants ranging from $65,000 - $100,000 are designed to advance existing initiatives. Total funding available is estimated at  $3.5 million. A 25 percent funding match is required.

Applications are due June 15, 2012, and awards are expected in October 2012.

Projects serving schools with high free and reduced-price meal enrollment will receive extra points in the grant evaluation. Two webinars about these grants are being offered: May 15, 1 EST, Implementation grants; May 17, 1 EST, Planning grants. For more information, go to the USDA Farm to School website and the Farm to School grant program request for applications.