Grants are available for numerous areas of support, including alternative breakfast models, universal school breakfast, and activities that support overall wellness.
Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)
Action for Healthy Kids works to make schools healthier places so kids can live healthier lives. Both the national organization and state teams regularly offer small grants for breakfast expansion and feature successes on their website. Applications are being accepted now through April 7, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to apply.
- School Breakfast Grants:Through partners Kellogg Company, Kellogg Company Fund, and the Walmart Foundation, AFHK announces School Breakfast Grants for the 2017-2018 school year. Eligible schools may apply to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs, including alternative breakfast, or pilot universal school breakfast. Grants range from $500-1,000.
National Dairy Council (NDC)
The National Dairy Council (NDC), a non-profit organization funded by the national dairy checkoff program, is committed to nutrition education and research-based communications. In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, NDC is committed to fostering a healthier nation, including health professionals, educators, school nutrition directors, academia, industry, consumers and media.
- Fuel Up to Play 60 grants- This program provides up to $4,000 per year to any qualifying K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes. This competitive, nationwide funding program helps schools improve and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Schools indicating that they are going to implement Breakfast in the Classroom (Breakfast After the Bell) will be highly considered. The application will open in April 2017, and the deadline to apply is June 14, 2017. Awarded applicants will receive funds to be used in the 2017-2018 school year. Past applications are available as a guide to help schools prepare to apply. View the grant’s website for the Healthy Eating Playbook and examples of projects that qualify.
USDA Farm to School Grant Program
The United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service offers several grants through its Farm to School Grant Program. They accept applications several times throughout the year for their Support Service grants, Implementation grants, Planning grants, and Training grants. Planning awards range from $20,000 - $45,000; implementation and support service awards range from $65,000 - $100,000; training awards range from $15,000 - $50,000. Matching funds of 25% are required for all four grant types.
Grants will be posted in the Fall of 2017 and close at the end of the fiscal year. Please check back here in the fall for grant opportunities.
Pinnacle Food Service Breakfast Building Grant Program
The program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new program. Individual Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis. Eligible schools/districts include K-12 public and private schools or districts that participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program and must have a reimbursable breakfast ADP of less than 40% for the school or building applying. Click here for more information.
Share Our Strength No Kind Hungry Grants
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry grants support innovative programs that help improve children’s access to programs that help address hunger. This includes grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and other eligible organizations who are involved in increasing the availability of school breakfast through alternative models such as “in-classroom” breakfast and “grab-n-go” breakfasts. Grants are awarded in a maximum of $10,000 on a rolling basis. Grant proposals are typically called for in the early summer, but letters of inquiry are accepted anytime for eligible organizations to be notified of the next available grant opportunity. View more information here.
Walmart Foundation Community Grants
The Walmart Foundation offers Community grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 for school districts or non-profits that undertake projects that make a positive "impact on the neighborhoods where we live and work." Applications that fall into one of Walmart’s identified four core areas of giving have the best chance of being funded, which includes Hunger & Relief. Organizations must directly benefit the service area of the facility (Walmart Stores, Sam's Clubs, and Logistics Facilities) from which they request funds. Applications are typically accepted on a rolling basis; however the 2017 grant deadlines have not been announced yet. Applications are typically reviewed within 90 days of submission.
Summer Lunchrooms Mini-Grants
Project PA, a collaboration between the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, and Penn State University, is offering mini-grants to eligible Pennsylvania schools. The grants encourage schools to make changes in their lunchrooms that are sustainable and research-based. The changes will help students make healthy choices and increase participation in school meals. Grants can be up to $1,200. For more information, visit: www.projectpa.org
Applying for Grants
The time and process that goes into writing a strong grant proposal varies. Not all are as difficult as they might seem! Here are some helpful tips for School administrators and/or staff who are new to writing grants:
- Read successful proposals. Find out if you can have access to proposals that have been funded by your prospective funder.
- Demonstrate need. Use data that clearly demonstrates that you need their money.
- Show you understand the funder's goals. In a clear manner, align your project's goals with those of the funder.
- Use the funder's language. Use the terms in the grant proposal that the foundation uses.
- Be meticulous. Follow the funder's guidelines exactly.
- Be concise. Make the grant reviewer's job easier by answering the funder's questions in a clear, concise manner.
- Name your idea. Be creative and give your project a name or theme that may put it a step above the rest.
- Create measurable outcomes. You must be able to show that you will be able to provide a sound evaluation of your projects that clearly communicates the project's impact.
- Do a literature review when appropriate. Demonstrate that you know your stuff.
- Consult others. Use the grant development team to help you write the most persuasive proposal possible.