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Oregon Farm to School Grant

School Years 2017-2018 & 2018-2019

Welcome to the Oregon Farm to School Grant website. This is a new version of the previous Oregon Farm to School grant, so school districts will need to familiarize themselves with the materials below, as things have changed since the last farm to school grant.
Overview: The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden (made possible from Oregon House Bill 2038) grant enables all Oregon school districts to be reimbursed for purchasing Oregon grown or Oregon processed food items for the upcoming biennium (School years 2017-2018 & 2018-2019).
There are TWO parts to this grant, a non-competitive grant available to Oregon schools for reimbursement of Oregon grown or processed food (called the procurement grant), and a competitive portion for garden-based, agriculture-based or food-based educational opportunities (called the educational grant).
 

Announcing the next cycle of the grant:

 
As many of you know, the Legislature approved funding for the Oregon Farm to School Grant, which will continue to enable Oregon school districts to be able to be reimbursed for Oregon grown and processed food. The funding will remain at the same amount as last biennium, which was $4.5 million for the entire grant.
There are a couple things that need to happen in order to roll this out.  The following is a brief teaser of what to expect, and where to go to find more information:
 
The grant will again be split into two portions.  80% of the funds will be available to ALL Oregon school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) for reimbursement of Oregon grown and processed food (this is called the procurement grant). The other 20% of the funds will be available to school districts and other groups who work with school districts in the form of a competitive grant to provide garden-, food-, and agriculture-based educational opportunities  to support the Oregon grown and processed food (this is called the education grant).  Due to some changes in the way the bill was written for this grant, it’s necessary to define some of the ways we allow costs through a rulemaking process.  We are in the middle of researching how this will happen.  We anticipate it will look something  like this:
 
We will convene a group of food service folks, industry/producers, agency staff, etc. to work on defining these rules.  We will then have to have a public input period and then bring the proposed rules to the State Board of Education for approval. 
 
In the meantime, we will go forward with the opt-in process for “signing up” for the procurement portion of the grant. This will again be done through surveymonkey.  This link is now LIVE!  see below for the link to opt-in.   The opt-in process is tentatively scheduled to close on September 15.  Each school Nutrition Service Director and Program manager has ad an email sent to them on August 10 announcing this opt-in process.  We will follow up personally if we don’t hear from them before we close the process, making sure everyone has the opportunity to opt in.  
 
It’s strongly suggested that all Nutrition Service Directors who are opting in should sign up for our listserv if they haven’t already, as this is the preferred method for the ODE farm to school team to communicate any and all information or changes with the grant.  To join the listserv, go back to the main farm to school page and click on the "join us" link.
 
Also, please note our new grant website (which you are currently on).  This web page will be updated very shortly with current grant information!   ALL upcoming application materials, training videos, resources and anything else having to do with the grant will be posted here.  Information for both portions of the grant (procurement portion as well as the education grant) will be posted on this page.

Oregon Farm to School Grant for Oregon Grown or Processed Food (the "procurement" grant)

 

TIMELINE  - Coming soon.  Sign up for our LISTSERV to be informed of any changes.

 

MANDATORY TRAINING  for the procurement grant- coming soon - training links to sign up for one of two training opportunities.  Recorded version will be posted here after the completion of the trainings.  Must attend either a live training or watch recorded version.

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS - Required items:

Surveymonkey opt-in link  Deadline to sign up is September 15, 2017

Agreement

Attestation that you've attended or watched the mandatory training.

Baseline survey (only for first-time participants)

Accompanying baseline tool tracking program guidance (only for first-time participants; read this first)

 

RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document

EGMS instructions and signature form (Electronic Grant Management System)

Excel Claim Reimbursement Worksheet with example tab - required to submit costs to claim funds

Year to Date Claim Worksheet - a handy form to keep track of your claims, this form will tell you how much you have remaining on your grant.  For your information only.

Check out our PURCHASING tab for help with local purchasing options

Local Vendor List - Excel spreadsheet with locations, ordering info.

Finding and purchasing Oregon grown and processed food webinar, done on 10/25/16 by Megan Kemple, Amy Gilroy and Rick Sherman. 

SLIDES for the above training webinar with web links

 

GRANT REPORTING

Stay tuned here for surveymonkey link for progress report, due September 28, 2018.

Oregon Farm to School Grant for Garden-; Agriculture-; and Food-Based Educational Opportunities (the "education" grant)

 

TIMELINE- for education grant.  Coming soon.   Sign up for our LISTSERV to be informed of any changes.

 

MANDATORY TRAINING for the education grant -coming soon - training links to sign up for one of two training opportunities.  Recorded version will be posted here after completion of the trainings.  Must attend either a live training or watch recorded version

 

APPLICATION MATERIALS - Required items:

Request for Application (RFA): a step-by-step guide to complete the application

APPLICATION for education grant

Budget Worksheet

Budget Narrative

 

RESOURCES

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document

 

Other Funding Opportunities: 
 Please check our RESOURCES page for more grants and funding opportunities.

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