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Grants to Vermont and New Hampshire Schools in Eligible Municipalities for Agricultural and Food-Related Activities

Upper Valley Farm to School Mini-Grant

GrantWatch ID# 179899

Funding Source
Vital Communities
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Geographic Focus
USA: New HampshireVermont

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $700 to Vermont and New Hampshire schools in eligible municipalities for agricultural and food-related activities. Funding is intended to assist schools in implementing new or continuing established initiatives related to food production, local food consumption, farms, farm products, or agricultural heritage. Eligible farm to school projects may be part of a school, afterschool, or school-related wellness program. Applications will be awarded on merit and geographical representation around the Upper Valley. All public and private schools in the Vital Communities service area are eligible to apply.

Grant funds may be used for a wide variety of farm-to-school related costs. Examples include field trips to local farms, food from a local farm, materials for gardens and garden activities, materials with which to teach about indigenous food ways/gardening/seed saving, and stipends for teachers, farmers, other community members with relevant knowledge, or farm to school coordinators. Funds could also be used in the cafeteria, to pay for training, supplies, or equipment. Classrooms, cafeterias, and communities have all been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and farm to school initiatives may not look like they did a year ago. These mini-grants can support a wide range of project types.  

Eligible applications will be reviewed with a focus on the following environmental and social equity principles: 

  1. Follow the lead of historically marginalized people including low-income, BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+. 
  2. Incorporate agricultural practices that build soil, promote biodiversity, mitigate negative impacts to freshwater resources, and mitigate/adapt to climate change. 
  3. Build on an existing community program to strengthen and deepen community relationships.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
All public and private schools in the Vital Communities service area are eligible to apply.

Lead applicants must be directly affiliated with school programs. School staff, including teachers, administrators, foodservice, facilities, and/or garden/farm to school coordinators, are ideal candidates. Only one grant will be provided per project, but schools can propose multiple projects for funding.

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Pre-Application Information
Applications received by March 17, 2023 will get first consideration, and thereafter applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Applications will be reviewed and selected by a diverse group of community stakeholders. Recipients will be notified and awarded funds by April 3, 2023.

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Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed by July 2023.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Reach out to Andrew Deaett ( with any questions or for assistance.

Vital Communities
195 North Main Street
White River Junction, VT 05001

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