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Funding Opportunities

School Food Support Initiative:

Applications due 11/30, informational webinar 11/2 at 4pm ET

The program is currently in its second round of grant funding (from now until November 30) and its goal is to provide up to seven school districts with technical assistance, strategic planning and funding opportunities to improve operations.

  • You can find more details about program services and eligibility criteria, as well as a link to the online application on the School Food Support Initiative Webpage
  • For more information, there will be an informational webinar on Wednesday November 2 at 4 p.m. EST to learn about how the program works and the impact it’s currently having in school districts. 

USDA Farm to School Grant Program RFA Now Available

Grant applications due December 8

USDA released the Fiscal year 2017 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications for up to $5 million in grant funds to further USDA efforts to increase locally sourced foods in America’s school meals. Annually, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. 

http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school-grant-program 

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages schools to develop partnerships at the State and local level for support in implementing and operating the program.

http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/child-nutrition-unit/programs

Joint Use Agreement Grant

The Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant is a competitive application process made possible and supported by Arkansas’ governor and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax. These funds help schools adopt and implement joint use policy which allows schools to form community partnerships to maximize resources while increasing opportunities for physical activity. Funds are available each fiscal year based on Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations or until funds are expended.

http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/school-health-services/joint-use-agreement-jua