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Grants to USA IHEs, Agencies, Nonprofits, For-Profits, and Individuals to Enhance Children's Nutritional Health and Agricultural Education

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

GrantWatch ID# 200426
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.522
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-FASLP-008741
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Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/22 5:00 PM

Grant Description
Grants to USA IHEs, research institutions, agencies, nonprofit organizations, private organizations, and individuals to enhance children's nutritional health and promote agricultural education. The goal of the program is to build capacity for nutrition, garden, and food education within host organizations or entities, such as school cafeterias and classrooms, while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

All projects must involve underserved rural and or urban communities and facilitate a connection between elementary schools and secondary schools with agricultural producers in the local and regional area.

FASLP is also focused on the development of leadership skills, knowledge, and qualities that are necessary to prepare students for food and agricultural and related careers in the private sector, government, and academia. Specific activities may include:

  1. Developing practical applications to increase understanding of leadership roles, including critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills; ethics and professionalism; and working in teams;
  2. Connecting the academic classroom experiences with daily leadership roles and organizational activities;
  3. Providing opportunities for mentoring and shadowing; and
  4. Organizing leadership academies, workshops, trainings, etc.

FASLP projects are intended for eligible applicants to expand existing farm-to-school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives, such as training and technical assistance, evaluation activities, curriculum development, or incorporate farm to school strategies in trainings and professional opportunities along with working closely with agricultural producers in the local and regional areas with primary and secondary schools.

For a list of eligible activities, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Application to FASLP is limited to the following groups: state agricultural experiment stations; colleges and universities; university research foundations; other research institutions and organizations; Federal agencies; national laboratories; private organizations, non-profit organizations, foundations, or corporations; individuals; or any group consisting of two or more entities described herein.

Preference will be given to applicants who submit FASLP proposals meeting priorities of 7 U.S.C. 7633(c)(2) that:
1. Hold a proven track record in carrying out the purposes described in Part 1.B of this RFA;
2. Work in underserved rural and urban communities;
3. Engage children in experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, nutrition, cooking, and where food comes from; and
4. Facilitate a connection between elementary schools and secondary schools and agricultural producers in the local and regional area.

Applicants are encouraged to seek and create partnerships with public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, including links with academic institutions (including minority-serving colleges and universities), and/or other appropriate professionals, community-based organizations, school districts, and local and state government entities. When planning collaborations, see

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates and Deadlines:
- Application: Fiscal Year 2022: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, January 31, 2022; Fiscal Year 2023: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, December 15, 2022
- Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application (Register here:

Contact NIFA if applicant does not receive correspondence from NIFA regarding an application within 30 days of the application deadline.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Number of Grants
Anticipated Number of Awards: 9 for FY 2022; 9 for FY 2023

Estimated Size of Grant
The anticipated amount available to fund grants under this authority is approximately $1,920,000 in FY 2022 and approximately $1,920,000 in FY 2023.

Maximum Award Amount: $225,000

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: Up to 2 years (24 months)

Contact Information
Program Contacts:
- Dr. Lisa Jahns:
- Ryan Kornegay:

For administrative questions related to;
1. Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035; Email support:
2. Other RFA or application questions, please email
3. Awards under this RFA, please email

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

Courier/Package Delivery Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061

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