People’s Garden School Pilot Program: $1 million available

People’s Garden School Pilot Program The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has just announced the availability of $1 million for a people’s Garden School Pilot Program. Purpose: To teach students involved in the gardens about agriculture production practices, diet and nutrition; contribute produce to supplement food provided at eligible schools, student households, local food banks or senior center nutrition programs; and conduct an evaluation of  funded projects to learn more about the impacts of school gardens.


This grant offering will be awarded as a cooperative agreement between the award recipient and the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) which means FNS will have involvement in carrying out the activities of the People’s Garden School Pilot Program. The grants will be awarded to develop and run community gardens at eligible high poverty schools – defined as public schools with 50 percent or more students eligible for free and reduced price meals, Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1769(g)(3).

Who May Apply:

Public or private non-profit organizations are eligible to apply, including but not limited to the following: • Community-based organizations • Faith-based organizations • Colleges and universities • Government organizations • Gardening, horticultural and agricultural organizations • End hunger organizations

Scope: The authorizing legislation for this pilot program specifies that school gardens are to be developed in at least three States and no more than five States that fall into three groupings of population size. One State must rank in the top 15 most populous States. One State must rank in the 16th to 30th largest States, and at least one State must be among the lowest populated States.  (For reference see:



Applications Due: October 8th by 5:00 pm EST

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