The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for the Food and Agriculture Service-Learning Program (FASLP) for fiscal years FY 2022 and FY 2023 to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children.
Donor Name: United States Department of Agriculture
State: All States
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/31/2022
Size of the Grant: $225,000
Grant Duration: 2 years
The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science and improve the nutritional health of children. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition 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.
The purpose of FASLP (Assistance Listing 10.522) is to increase knowledge of agriculture and improve the nutritional health of children. The primary goals of FASLP are to:
- Increase capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education within host organizations or entities and school cafeterias and in the classroom;
- Complement and build on the efforts of the farm to school programs implemented under section 18(g) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act [(42 U.S.C. 1769(g)]
- Complement efforts by the Department and school food authorities to implement the school lunch programs established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq,) and the school breakfast program established by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1773);
- Carry out activities that advance the nutritional health of children and nutrition education in elementary schools and secondary schools (as those terms are defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C 7801); and
- Foster higher levels of community engagement and support the expansion of national service and volunteer opportunities.
Preference will be given to applicants who submit FASLP proposals meeting priorities of 7 U.S.C. 7633(c)(2) that:
- Hold a proven track record in carrying out the purposes described in Part 1.B of this RFA;
- Work in underserved rural and urban communities;
- Engage children in experiential learning about agriculture, gardening, nutrition, cooking, and where food comes from; and
- Facilitate a connection between elementary schools and secondary schools and agricultural producers in the local and regional area.
- The anticipated amounts available for the Food and Agriculture Service-Learning Program (FASLP) in FY 2022 is approximately $1,920,000 and FY 2023 is approximately $1,920,000.
- No single FASLP award request may exceed $225,000 (including indirect costs – see Part IV of this RFA) for project periods for up to two years.
- Applicants for the Food and Agriculture Service-Learning Program (FASLP) must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.
- 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.
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