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Apply now for a Farm to Preschool grant

farm_preschool400The Farm to Institution Advisory Council has announced a new round of funding for Farm to Preschool.  The program anticipates awarding ten grants, with each grant totaling $1,500, to support implementation of the Farm to Preschool project at the designated child care center.

All child care centers (public, for-profit, and non-profit) that meet the eligibility criteria below are eligible to apply. Each application must represent only one center. Child care centers under the same management with multiple locations cannot be included in one application. Each site must submit a separate application. Child care centers that have received funding to implement the Farm to Preschool Program within the last three years are not eligible to apply.

To be eligible, a center MUST be licensed or approved, serve at least one meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) AND participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) OR participate in the ABC Quality Rating and Improvement System at Level A+, A, B+, or B. Priority will be given to child care centers located in Bamberg, Fairfield, Lee, Marion, or Orangeburg Counties.

Dates of particular interest:

  • A technical assistance webinar will be held February 4th, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. This webinar will provide an overview of the SC Farm to Preschool Program and a review of the application. Potential applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions regarding implementation of the project and completion of the grant application. Child care centers need to register for the webinar by Friday January 30th, 2015.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications is February 27th, 2015 at 5 p.m.
  • The SC Farm to Preschool Program anticipates that applicants will be notified by e-mail concerning the status of their applications in early March 2015.

Visit the S.C. Department of Agriculture for more information and to download the request for proposals.