Grow Ohio Grant

The Grow Ohio Grant is funded through the 2022 State Agency Non-Competitive Farm to School Formula Grant awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The objectives of the formula grant are:

  1. To build and increase the capacity of participating institutions to procure and use local food in program meals; and/or
  2. To provide agricultural education opportunities for participating children.


The purpose of the Grow Ohio Grant program is to support National School Lunch Program (NSLP), Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors in providing innovative, local level activities that create agricultural education opportunities for participating children through farm to school projects such as outdoor or indoor school gardening, hydroponics, collaborations with local food producers, and food literacy activities.

The goals of the Grow Ohio Grant program include the following:

  • Create equitable opportunities for students to gain knowledge of potential careers in agriculture.
  • Increase relationships between Ohio food producers and child nutrition program sponsors.
  • Increase the amount of school-grown foods served in USDA meal programs.

The Grow Ohio Grant advances the Department’s Future Forward objectives of providing student access to high-growth, in-demand fields and provide new opportunities for the next generation of the workforce.


The Grow Ohio Grant program will prioritize applications meeting one or more of the following:

  • Focuses on workforce development and introduces students to career opportunities in food production and agriculture.
  • Partners with one or more local farmers, food producers, or local food aggregators.
  • Sponsors that serve children in communities with high percentages (50% or greater) of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals.


Grant awards range from $5,000 to $40,000. Applicants will include a Grant Budget Table detailing the anticipated costs of all grant-funded purchases in the final grant submission.

A cash match is not required.

Grant Timeline and Deadlines

Invitation to Submit Grant Applications: March 4, 2024

Grant Application Webinars*

March 12 from 9– 10 a.m.
March 28 from 9–10 a.m.
April 23 from 9– 10 a.m.

Grant Applications Due: May 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. 

Award Notification and Announcement: July 1, 2024

Grant Term Begins: Aug. 1, 2024

Grant Term Ends: Sept. 30, 2025


* Each webinar will include an overview of the grant program and time for questions and answers. They will occur on the above dates via Microsoft Teams. To register, please visit the Training Management page of the Office of Nutrition’s Claims Reimbursement and Reporting System (CRRS).

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce is committed to providing access and inclusion and reasonable accommodation in its services, activities, programs and employment opportunities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable laws. To request a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, please contact Aleshia McNutt, ADA coordinator, at or (614) 387-2200 (voice) no later than three days before scheduled webinar.  

Last Modified: 3/4/2024 1:34:25 PM