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Grants and Funding

Most successful farm to school projects are made possible with grants and community-based funding, at least in the start-up stages. The grants on this page are mostly from national sources and may be highly competitive.

We recommend that you start by seeking local sources of funding and in-kind support for your farm to school projects. Several stellar Washington projects work by creatively using school budgets and partnering with community members and businesses for donations and grant support.

Please note that this list is gathered as a service to help you learn what’s available. It is not exhaustive, and inclusion on this page should in no way be considered an endorsement by the State of Washington or the Department of Agriculture. If you know of other grant programs we should consider, please send them to us at


WSDA's main website has a listing of agriculture grants, many of which are helpful for farms interested in selling to schools.  More info at  

WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
These are useful for projects that will benefit a large number of specialty crop growers.  Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, nuts, and horticulture plants.  More info at:

USDA Grant Programs
USDA has a variety of grant and loan programs available to producers that are relevant for farm to school. Just a few of these programs include:

To find out which grants apply to you depending on your place in the local and regional food system, download the USDA Programs in the Local Food Supply Chain [PDF].

WSDA Small Farm Direct Marketing Program
WSDA's program has many excellent links to grant programs and other financing options available to farmers.
Small Farms and Direct Marketing Financing Website



Foundation Center [external link]
The Foundation Center is the most authoritative source of information on private philanthropy in the United States helping grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy. The web site is designed to guide you quickly to the information you are looking for—instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing, tools for locating prospective funders, news and research on the field, or a library or training class near you.

Grants.Gov [external link] is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. Grants are available for small businesses, educational and government organizations.

Last Updated: 1/11/2019