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CA Farm to School Incubator Grant Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture - Office of Farm to Fork (CDFA-F2F) is excited to share that the Budget Act of 2021 includes a $60 million one-time General Fund allocation for the CDFA-F2F to sustain and expand the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program, with $30 million allocated for fiscal year 2021-22 and $30 million allocated for fiscal year 2022-23!

2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program

The 2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program will award competitive grants to support projects that cultivate equity, nurture students, build climate resilience, and create scalable and sustainable change.

Program Timeline

Item Date
Grant Application Opens May 9, 2022
Grant Application Closes July 6, 2022 @ 5 PM PT
Review Process July – August 2022
Award Announcement September 2022
Grant Term Begins Estimated December 1, 2022
Grant Term Ends Estimated November 30, 2024

To support a systems approach to advancing farm to school throughout the state, the 2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program offers four funding tracks. See the 2022 Request for Applications below for details.

  • Track 1: The California Farm to School K-12 Procurement and Education Grant
  • Track 2: The California Farm to School Partnership Grant
  • Track 3: The California Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Grant
  • Track 4: The California Farm to School Producer Grant

During the application period, the CDFA Office of Farm to Fork will conduct a series of webinars about the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program Request for Applications. Each webinar will include an overview of the grant program and time for questions and answers. They will occur on the following dates via Zoom. To register for each webinar, please follow the Zoom registration links below.

CDFA-F2F hosted a public comment period from February 15 – March 7, 2022.

Deadline to Submit: June 16, 2022

The external technical review committee for the 2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program will consist of individuals outside of the CDFA Office of Farm to Fork who have expertise related to the funding track(s) they review. Individuals who are interested in learning more about participating in the external technical review process should review the External Reviewer Interest Form for more information.

Please note: applicants to the 2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program may not participate in the external technical review process (this includes supporting project partners that are part of Track 2 applications).

Previous Grant Awards

The 2021 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program is focused on supporting local and regional farm to school projects that promote nutrition education, sustainable food production and procurement, and high-quality student experience.

Grant Awards

In 2021, CDFA-F2F awarded $8.496 million in grants to 60 Farm to School projects throughout the state through two funding tracks!

Resources

Program Status

Open

The application period for the 2022 Farm to School Incubator Grant Program is now open.

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Questions?

Contact our Farm to School team at cafarmtoschool@cdfa.ca.gov

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