Farm to School Training and Technical Assistance

The Farm to School program (10.575) exists in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools.

This program allows cooperative agreements to be established for the development
and review of training and technical assistance materials, and the delivery of training and technical assistance.

Related Programs10.575 Farm to School Grant Program

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The purpose of the Farm to School program s technical assistance activities is "to facilitate the coordination and sharing of information and resources in the Department that may be applicable to the farm to school program; to collect and share information on best practices; and to disseminate research and data on existing farm to school programs and the potential for programs in underserved areas.".



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Cooperative Agreements; Dissemination of Technical Information; Training; Materials Review; Materials Creation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible entities, and therefore beneficiaries, include schools, Indian Tribal Organizations, non profit organizations, schools, producer and producer groups and State and local agencies. The Farm to School program exists in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. This program allows cooperative agreements to be established for the development and review of training and technical assistance materials, and the delivery of training and technical assistance.

Credentials/Documentation

Non profit organizations will be required to submit proof of non profit status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

A cooperative agreement is executed.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Section 243 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) amended Section 18 of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to establish a Farm to School program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. , Section 243.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

N/A. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

The quarterly and final programmatic reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

The quarterly and final financial reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

Progress reports are not applicable.

The quarterly and final financial reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

The quarterly and final programmatic reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

The quarterly and final financial reports are required to be submitted by the grantee in accordance with the grant terms and conditions.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The single Audit process and compliance supplement.

Records

The awardee must maintain records in accordance with the grant agreement. Such records must be retained for a period of three years after the date of submission of the final report for the fiscal year to which the records pertain.

Financial Information

Account Identification

00-0000-0-0-000.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $500,000; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

n/a.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Matthew E. Russell 1400 Independece Ave., Washington, District of Columbia 29815 Email: matthew.russell@ams.usda.gov Phone: 2027206765

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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