Pennsylvania has been identified as one of three states that would benefit from funding for farm to school activities on a small scale. A total of 100 farm to school sites will receive $5,000 grants to support the implementation of concrete farm to school activities, which will build school-wide support and enthusiasm for increasing their engagement in this approach.
Here are some suggestions to get started with the grant application:
- Gather a support team – Using an existing group like a wellness council or a parent group within the school may provide the best support. Who in the school would be willing to write the grant or who has experience writing grants? This may be a good place to start. Don’t forget to invite your principal! They will need to be including on the application and will have the final say in what activities are allowed.
- Assess the need – Take some time to figure out where there are gaps in the students’ learning that could be addressed with Farm to School activities. Why would your school benefit from an opportunity like this? Is there something that your school has been wanting to do related to Farm to School?
- Make a plan – What would your school do with the money?
- Write the grant – Find a person on your support team to take the lead on grant writing. Use your support team to bounce ideas around.
“Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.” To read more about this grant opportunity, please click here.