Vermont Farm to Childcare Equipment Grant – Process Open 10/2

Vermont Farm to Childcare Equipment Grant – Process Open 10/2

The Governor signed the Farm to School bill into law (Act 63) last spring, allowing both registered and licensed child care providers to participate in the Vermont’s Farm to School grant program. The law and an increased state appropriation resulted in the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets expanding the state’s Farm to School Program grants to include Vermont Farm to School & Farm to Childcare Equipment Grants.

The Farm to School & Farm to Childcare Equipment Grants Request for Proposals will be available on October 2 with a November 14 deadline. The grant awards of $1,000 will be announced on December 13 and are intended to provide Vermont schools and childcare providers with financial resources to purchase equipment that would improve their ability to meet the following food/nutrition goals:

  • Encourage Vermont residents in developing healthy and lifelong habits of eating nutritious local foods
  • Maximize use by Vermont schools and childcare providers of fresh and locally grown, produced or processed food
  • Work with partners to establish a food, farm, and nutrition education program that educates Vermont children regarding healthy eating habits through the use of educational materials, classes, and hands-on techniques that inform children of the connections between farming and the foods that children consume
  • Increase the size and stability of direct sales markets available to Vermont producers
  • Increase participation of Vermont children in child nutrition programs by increasing the selection of available foods
  • Expand and improve child nutrition programs in schools and early childcare.

For information, contact Cynthia Greene, Vermont FEED – Early Care and Education, at cgreene@shelburnefarms.org.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 11 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm to participate in an Agency webinar that will provide information on all Farm to School Program grant opportunities, including these equipment grants.