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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Farm to School Funding

ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program works to connect schools with local agriculture and give children positive experiences with healthy fresh foods through the four components of farm to school: farm field trips, local food cooking, school gardens, and local food in school cafeterias. You can apply for local food cooking stipends through a separate form. 

What are the criteria for selection?

This grant is open to pre-K through 12th grade teachers, and members of the public working in cooperation with a school in ASAP’s Appalachian Grown Region. The criteria for selection will be based on the following areas:

  • Priority given to Head Start or high % of students receiving subsidy and schools with high rates of free and reduced lunch
  • Proposals that plan for hands-on student experiences, and/or authentic farm experiences (please plan your activity with the idea that smaller groups make the experience better).
  • Integration of funded project into a unit of study and connection to Standard Course of Study/Common Core requirements
  • Connection with other Farm to School components (i.e. you are asking for funding for local food cooking but also plan to tie it to the school garden).
  • Priority will be given to classes that have not received this grant in the past

Funding is awarded twice a year. Deadlines are September 15th and March 15th.

What is required of Farm to School Funding recipients?

After you are awarded Farm to School Funding and the activity has taken place, you are required to complete the following:

  • Complete a brief online reflection about the activity that you used the grant funds for.
  • Submit electronic pictures of the activity.
  • Submit photo permission slips (provided by ASAP) for all students in the pictures you submit. Please note that if awarded funding for your school garden, you will be required to submit photo permission forms for all of your students prior to receiving a check for your funds.
  • If you or your school includes mention of this grant in any publications or announcements, we ask that you send us a copy. We will provide a document with talking points for any publications or announcements that you do around your farm to school activity and receiving the grant.

Please note that if you choose to not fulfill the requirements, it may result in not receiving reimbursement and / or not receiving Farm to School Funding in the future.

Questions?

Please feel free to contact ASAP at growingminds@asapconnections.org if you have questions or would like suggestions such as farms to visit, recipes to try, or for ideas about connecting to other farm to school components. Return via this form only; please do not mail in the application. Notification of winning applications will be made within two weeks after the grant cycle deadline.