Grant Opportunities for Schools and Cafeterias

Healthy Food Choices in Schools March 03, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

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Have you ever wished that identifying resources for your cafeteria was an easier process? Maybe you had a wonderful idea but were unsure how to get the financial resources to pay for it. Or maybe you felt overwhelmed by the process of finding or applying for grants. Finding information on grant funding can often be a confusing, frustrating, and time consuming task. In an effort to help navigate this process, we have compiled a list of grant opportunities from a range of government, service, and private organizations. The grants listed below include national, state, and local awards that are focused on school cafeterias and school gardens.

This document is not an exhaustive list of all grant opportunities available and is intended to be used as a starting place for exploring additional funding options for your school’s cafeteria. 

For individuals or groups new to the idea of grant writing, there are many resources online that can help guide the way. Examples include:

SCHOOL CAFETERIAS


HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms

Description: The HealthierUS School Challenge is a voluntary initiative developed by the USDA that was designed to celebrate the things schools are doing to help children improve their eating habits and be more physically active. Winning schools are awarded:

  • A plaque signed by the Secretary of Agriculture
  • A display banner
  • Recognition on Team Nutrition website
  • A congratulatory letter by the First Lady of the United States
  • A monetary award of $500 (Bronze), $1,000 (Silver), $1,500 (Gold), or $2,000 (Gold with Distinction)

Deadline: Applications accepted on rolling basis

Eligibility Criteria:
In order to apply, schools must…

  • Enroll as a Team Nutrition School
  • Participate in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program
  • Serve reimbursable meals that meet USDA nutrition standards
  • Complete all corrective actions from State review
  • Ensure the School Food Authority is certified for 6 Cents
  • Review additional criteria: http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cn/2014hussc_criteria.pdf

How to Apply: http://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/hsmrs/HUSSC/

More Information: http://www.fns.usda.gov/hussc/healthierus-school-challenge-smarter-lunchrooms

Fuel Up to Play 60

Description: Fuel Up to Play 60 is a youth wellness program created by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL) in partnership with the USDA. This grant is designed to provide funding for kick starting healthy changes in schools with any grade K-12. Up to 4,000$ is available annually for qualified schools.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply schools must..                

  • Be enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60

  • Have a registered Program Advisor

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program

  • Review Additional Criteria: Eligibility & Guidelines

Deadline: The next application will be available in the Spring of 2016. The deadline for this application is June 2016.

Sample Application: Download a Sample Application

More Information: https://www.fueluptoplay60.com/funding/general-information   

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools

Description: Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) launched in 2010 with the mission of donating salad bars to U.S. schools so every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This healthy school lunch initiative was founded by the Chef Ann Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Whole Foods Market in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative.

Eligibility:
In order to apply, schools must…

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program
  • Have the district food services director listed as the application contact person

Deadline: Applications accepted on rolling basis

How to Apply: http://www.saladbars2schools.org/get-a-salad-bar/schools/application-guidelines/

Sample Application: http://www.saladbars2schools.org/wp-content/themes/app/pdf/sample-grant-application.pdf

More Information: http://www.thelunchbox.org/programs/salad-bars/

Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant

Description: Fuel Up to Play 60 is a youth wellness program created by the National Dairy Council and the National Football League (NFL) in partnership with the USDA. This particular program provides funding for equipment designed to enhance the long-term implementation of healthy school breakfast and lunch programs. Schools may apply individually, or districts may apply for multiple schools within the district. Up to $5,000 per year is available to each qualifying school.

Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply, schools must…

  • Be located in the continental United States (including Alaska)
  • Include any grade K-12
  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program

Deadline: Next application will be available early March 2016. The deadline to apply will be Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Sample Application: Download Application PDF

More Information: https://www.fueluptoplay60.com/funding/nutrition-equipment-grant

Mission Nutrition: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

Description: The Mission Nutrition Grant Program is a partnership between The Chef Ann Foundation and Skoop, which provides funding for schools to expose students to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables through food tasting and educational events. Awards for 2015 were $2,500.

Deadline: Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding.

Eligibility:

In order to apply, schools must…

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program

Sample Application: http://www.chefannfoundation.org/assets/uploads/documents/2016ProjectProduceApplicationExample.pdf

More Information:

http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs-and-grants/project-produce/                

Pinnacle Food Service Breakfast Building Grant Program

Description: Sponsored by Pinnacle Food Service, this grant provides funding of up to $1,000 for schools to increase participation in their breakfast programs for students. The grant can be used to fund ideas intended to jump-start breakfast participation in eligible schools.

Deadline: Rolling with submission periods throughout the year.

Eligibility:

In order to apply, schools must…

  • Participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program

  • Have reimbursable breakfast average daily participation of below 40%

How to Apply: http://foodservice.pinnaclefoods.com/links/test/

More Information: http://foodservice.pinnaclefoods.com/links/grant-program/

Breakfast Building Grant Program Flyer

Walmart Community Grants

Description: Walmart annually provides funding for Community Grants that support their four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Career Opportunity. Awards are made in the range of $250-$2,500.

Deadline: December 31, 2016

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Fall into one of the following categories:

    • Tax exempt organizations with 501 (c)(3), (4), (6), or (19) status

    • State, county, or city government entities

    • K-12 public or private schools, charter schools, community colleges, state/ private colleges or universities

    • Churches or faith-based organizations

  • Use funds to benefit the community within a service area of Walmart or Sam’s Club stores

How to Apply: http://www.cybergrants.com/pls/cybergrants/quiz.display_question?x_gm_id=2797&x_quiz_id=4503&x_order_by=1

More Information: http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving-guidelines

SCHOOL NUTRITION ASSOCIATION GRANTS/ CONTESTS


School Nutrition Association: Annual National Conference 2016 Sweepstakes

Description: The School Nutrition Association (SNA) is offering the opportunity for three individuals to win registration to their Annual National Conference this year from July 10-13, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. Prize only covers conference registration, and does not include airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, etc. To enter the contest, simply tell SNA your school nutrition story in 100 characters or less. Three winners will be drawn at random.

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be school nutrition professionals or employees of a school district or school nutrition operation.

  • Be a U.S. resident

  • Be 18 or older

How to Apply: https://schoolnutrition.org/ANCsweeps/

More Information: https://schoolnutrition.org/ANC2016/

Baxter Equipment for Education Grant

Description: In order to improve school kitchen facilities, the Baxter Equipment for Education Grant will award one school the following equipment: OV310 Mini Rotating Rack Convection Oven, Stand Base, 2-years parts and labor warranty, delivery and installation, training and demonstration. The winning school food service director will also receive $500 to use towards travel expenses and/or registration for the SNA Annual National Conference.

Deadline: Baxter Equipment is no longer accepting applications for 2015-16. The next application will be available in the Fall of 2016 for the following year.

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be an active SNA director-level member, having membership for at least one year

  • Be responsible for directing school district’s school nutrition program

Preparation for Application: Application Preparation Worksheet

More Information: https://schoolnutrition.org/EquipmentGrants/

Winston Equipment Grant

Description: In order to improve school kitchen facilities, the Winston Equipment Grant will award one school district, in need of improving its school meal kitchen facilities, with 10 pieces of the following equipment: Holding cabinets, Holding drawers, and Thermalizers

Deadline: Winston Industries Equipment is no longer accepting applications for 2015-16. The next application will be available in the Fall of 2016 for the following year.

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be an active SNA director-level member, having membership for at least one year as of February 2015

  • Be responsible for directing school district’s school nutrition program

More Information: https://schoolnutrition.org/EquipmentGrants/

ANC First-Timer Scholarship

Description: The School Nutrition Association provides scholarships to members who have never attended the Annual National Conference. This “First-Timer” Scholarship is meant to allow SNA members the ability to take advantage of the many educational and professional development opportunities at this annual event. The scholarship of $500 may be used to cover registration and/or travel expenses associated with the trip.

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be an active SNA member (employee or manager-level) who has never attended the SNA Annual National Conference.

  • Be nominated by their district directors, who must also be active SNA members and registered to attend the SNA 2016 Annual National Conference

How to Apply: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/24526-School-Nutrition-Foundation

More Information: https://schoolnutrition.org/ConferenceScholarships/

Kathleen Stitt Award

Description: The School Nutrition Association provides the Kathleen Stitt Award to one participant in the ANC School Nutrition and Best Practices Showcase. This $500 scholarship is intended to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend the conference.

Deadlines: TBD, application scheduled to open February of 2106

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be an active SNA member and full-time graduate student

  • Be enrolled in an MS or PhD program, or a faculty member at an accredited college/ university

  • Be accepted to participate in the School Nutrition Showcase at the 2016 SNA National Conference

More Information: https://schoolnutrition.org/ConferenceScholarships/

School Garden Grants 


Spring 2016 Team Up for Healthy School Gardens Grant

Description: Jamba Juice and KidsGardening.org have partnered up in 2016 to offer funding for school and youth garden programs. There will be 32 grants offered with gardening packages and funding. 31 programs will receive a grant package valued at $500 which will include curriculum books, a $350 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate, and $100 cash to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings. One grand-prize winner will receive a package valued at $750 which will include curriculum books, a $450 Gardeners Supply gift certificate and $250 cash.   

Deadlines: March 31, 2016

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be a public or private school pre-K-12

  • Located in Fresno, CA, Livermore, CA, Pasadena, CA, Orlando, FL, Atlanta, GA (including Alpharetta, Marietta, and Sandy Springs), New Orleans, LA (including Metarie), Minneapolis, MN (including Bloomington, Edina, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, St. Paul, and Woodbury), Philadelphia, PA (including Malvern and Willow Grove), Nashville, TN (including Franklin), Milwaukee, WI (including Brookfield and Wauwatosa.

  • All programs must involve at least 15 youth participants ages 3 to 18

How to Apply: http://grantapp.kidsgardening.org

More Information: http://grants.kidsgardening.org/spring-2016-team-healthy-school-gardens-grant

Carton 2 Garden Contest

Description: Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening.org are challenging schools in the U.S. to repurpose their milk and juice cartons into creative garden designs. Using at least 100 cartons, schools may enter the contest for a chance to win a prize package to further build or enhance their gardens. The 4 national winners will receive a package valued at $2,500, and the 16 regional winners will receive a package valued at $1,000.

Deadline: April 13, 2016

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be a K-12 school in the U.S., including public, private, and charter schools

Contest Details: http://carton2garden.com/contest-details/spring-2016-contest/

Contest Rules: http://carton2garden.com/contest-details/contest-rules/

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education

Description: Interested in starting a fruit and vegetable garden at your school? Each year, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation provides funding for public schools or parent-teacher groups to complete school-based projects. Between $2,000 and $5,000 per school is available.

Eligibility:

In order to apply, applicants must…

  • Be a public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with a public K-12 school

Deadline:  The Fall 2016 grant cycle will open on August 1, 2016.  The deadline for applications is September 26, 2016.

How to Apply: http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/hta.html

More Information: http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/faq.html

Whole Kids Foundation USA School Garden Grant

Description: Founded by Whole Foods Market, the Whole Kids Foundation provides support to schools to improve child nutrition and wellness by increasing access to fresh, nutritious foods. The USA School Garden Grant provides grants of $2,000 to support new or existing school fruit and vegetable gardens.

Deadline: For 2016, the application deadline was October 31, 2015.

Eligibility:
In order to apply, applicants must

  • Fall into one of the following categories:
    • U.S. or Canadian Public Schools or Public Charter Schools
    • U.S. or Canadian Private Schools or Private Charter Schools
    • Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status

More Information: https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/programs/school-garden-grant-program


Contributor

Katherine Greene, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs 

Updated March, 2016


 

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