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Grants to Massachusetts CBOs, Agencies, and For-Profits to Develop the Capacity of School Nutrition Programs

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Fund Code: 715


Geographic Focus

USA: Massachusetts

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MA Farming Reinforces Education and Student Health (FRESH)

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #206867

Grant Description

Grants to Massachusetts community-based organizations, government agencies, and for-profit organizations to develop the capacity of school nutrition programs. Priority will be given to education facilities with high percentages of students eligible for reduced price and free meals.

The purpose of this state funded competitive grant program is to encourage existing National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and Child Adult Food Care Program (CACFP) sponsors to build capacity to grow or purchase locally grown and produced ingredients, prepare nutritious scratch-cooked meals and educate students about the food system.

Competitive priority will be given to schools and early education providers who prepare meals from scratch with high percentages of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch and shall aim to promote geographic equity.

Additional competitive priority will be given to districts and schools in chronically underperforming status and the Strategic Transformation Region.

Funds may be used for, but not limited to: (a) adequate kitchen equipment used to prepare food for school meals and snacks including, but not limited to, local, fresh produce, meats, seafood and dairy items; (b) training school kitchen staff in preparing fresh meals using local ingredients and in procuring such ingredients; (c) training educators and other school staff in adding or integrating food system lessons to their curriculum; and (d) infrastructure and programming for curricular and extracurricular activities, such as school gardens, for students to learn about agriculture and the food system.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Existing NSLP or CACFP sponsors, including School Food Authorities, government, for profit, and community-based organizations may apply.


Funds cannot be used to purchase food served as part of a reimbursable meal in Child Nutrition Programs or sold as a competitive food and beverage or fundraiser. Salaries or stipends for existing staff time to work on the grant must be allocated in kind, funds can only be used to expand staffing to meet grant objectives.

Pre-Application Information:

Date Due: Tuesday January 31, 2023

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on the date due.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant proposal can be submitted in the follow fund brackets.
- Significant Investment: proposals by NSLP or CACFP Sponsors approximately up to $50,000 to support sustainable plans to integrate farm to school into their Child Nutrition Program or curriculum.
- NSLP Startup/Expansion: proposals by NSLP sponsors approximately $5,000 – $25,000.
- CACFP Startup/Expansion: proposals by CACFP sponsors approximately $5,000 – $25,000.

Term of Contract:

All goods, services and contractual duties budgeted in FY23 must be delivered by June 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

Submit applications to

Phone Number: (781) 338-6463

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