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SCALES-School Food System Transformation Grant

SCALES - Supporting Community Agriculture & Local Education Systems 

Applications are now Open for Innovation and Partnership in Rural School Food Systems! 

Project SCALES, a new funding opportunity for rural school food authorities. As the state agency for school nutrition programs in New York State.


As part of the USDA’s Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative (HMI), funding and learning support is now available for a cohort of up to 35 rural school food authorities (SFAs) across the nation.

Project SCALES (Supporting Community Agriculture and Local Education Systems) will work with SFAs over a two-year period as they build partnerships for innovative solutions to increase local procurement in their school meal programs. The Center for School and Community Partnerships at Boise State University will provide a subgrant (up to $150,000) for each SFA, with technical assistance including a learning community provided by the experts at LunchAssist.

For more information, please visit our website at    

The online application portal is open and the deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 ET on January 26, 2024.


Is your SFA eligible to apply? These are the eligibility criteria:

• Rural school districts/SFAs (those with a locale code of 41, 42, or 43 according to the National Center for Education Statistics; click here to check their online tool). 

• Participates in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. 

• SFAs that provide meals for charter schools and groups of non-profit private schools are also eligible to apply. If you have questions about eligibility please email us at


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