Financial grants from organizations may help advance nutrition efforts in our schools and communities. On this page you will find descriptions of specific grants with upcoming deadlines, as well as a list of organizations that make grants on an ongoing basis to support local nutrition, fitness, health, education, and community initiatives.
2017 Expanding 3E's Nutrition Grant Program
Application Due: February 28, 2017
TDA is currently accepting applications for the Expanding the 3E's Grant Program
Grant funds may be used to supplement or extend:
(1) a coordinated health program, including:
a) Bienestar/NEEMA Health Program,
d) any other nutrition education program that provided results based on evidence-based research; or
b) CATCH program,
c) SPARK + Healthy and Wise,
(2) activities that supplement or extend Farm Fresh Friday which include farm-to-school educational activities, such as but not limited to:
(a) garden-based activities,
(b) agriculture and nutrition education classroom lessons; or
(c) other experiential learning opportunities teaching students about Texas agriculture.
Grant applications will be accepted from any public school campus in the State of Texas in good standing with the Texas Comptroller’s Office and the Texas Department of Agriculture. If multiple campuses in a district are applying for the same project, the requests should be combined into one application.
The Request for Application (RFA) and instruction documents are available on TDA’s website here
. For additional questions or information please contact TDA’s Grants office at (512) 463-6695 or email Grants@TexasAgriculture.gov
The application deadline is February 28, 2017
This Grant Program is administered in accordance with Texas Human Resources Code § 33.026, in which the state legislature has appropriated funding to the TDA to award grants up to $10,000 to public school campuses that are in good standing with the Texas Comptroller’s Office and have clearly demonstrated the use of best practices in nutrition education. Administrative rules relating to the Expand3E are located in Title 4 of the Texas Administrative Code (4 TAC), Chapter 26.
Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest
Entry submissions due online: November 16
The Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest rewards schools for repurposing their empty milk and juice cartons. The 2016 theme encourages students to turn the cartons into inventions. The grand prize is $5,000 and smaller prizes include one of $2,500 and 12 prizes of $1,000. Visit madebymilkcontest.com
for carton care tips, entry kit, contest details and more.
School Grants for Healthy Kids - TX Action for Healthy Kids
Application period: CLOSED
Action for Healthy Kids is now accepting School Grants for Healthy Kids applications from Texas schools with active parents and PTAs for the 2016-2017 school year. Funding can be used to support initiatives such as play space/gymnasium refurbishing, new physical education equipment, classroom physical activity breaks, nutrition education, school gardens, healthy celebrations and more!
to find out more about the grants and click here
to view the application.
2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities
Award amount: $5,000+
Application period: CLOSED
Award Notification Complete
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has awarded grants authorized by the FY 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Act for NSLP participants. Grants will allow School Food Authorities (SFAs) to purchase nonexpendable, tangible property for schools with a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost of $5,000 or more. TDA used a competitive grant process to distribute a total of $3,726,177 among Texas schools that best fit the consideration requirements.We based awards on actual expenses and return un-used funds to USDA.
The application period closed on May 18, 2016. We announced the awards on July 15, 2016. Grants are made to SFAs, which will be responsible for procurement. SFAs must obligate grant funds by August 1, 2017, and to fully expend the funds by September 30, 2017.
Eligible schools must have at least 50 percent of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price meals. Grant evaluations gave priority to schools that did not receive an award from a previous NSLP equipment assistance grant and those with limited access to other financial resources.
Evaluations considered the following:
- Age of food service equipment being replaced
- The proposed equipment’s potential impact on improving meal quality, such as if it improves:
- the safety of the food served in the school meals served,
- overall energy efficiency of the school food service operations, or
- NSLP or SBP participation rates.
- The equipment’s role in a larger strategy for adopting smarter lunchrooms (lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student population, highlighting healthier choices, redesigning menus that target healthier entrees/options).
Click to see an overview of the scoring criteria and specific equipment score values. Click here to learn more about how the equipment score values are determined.
Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant
This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a new initiative with the National Football League and National Dairy Council’s Fuel Up to Play 60
program to offer school nutrition equipment grants of up to $5,000 in total value for the 2016-2017 school year. The online application is now open. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30, 2016
. For more information about the $5 million in grant funding available through the Fuel Up to Play 60
initiative, please visit FuelUptoPlay60.com
2016-2017 School Grants for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids is accepting School Grants for Healthy Kids applications for the 2016-2017 school year. Schools may apply for School Breakfast grants ($500 - $5,000) to pilot or expand their School Breakfast programs or Game On Grants ($500 - $2,500) to fund physical activity/nutrition initiatives. Previously funded schools can apply for additional funds to expand their program.
Deadline to apply is April 1.
for more information. You can also email the Action for Healthy Kids Texas State Coordinator Michelle Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have questions!
Section 201 Fund Plan - School District Training Grants
Application period: CLOSED
Grant funds must be expended by September 30, 2016.
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) offered these grants for Contracting Entities (CEs) to use for training, registration fees and travel-related expenses related to the new meal pattern requirements.
The USDA provided state agencies this funding through Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Texans Feeding Texans: Surplus Agriculture Serving Students
The 2016 application for the Texans Feeding Texans: Surplus Agriculture Serving Students
grant program is now available. School districts, charter schools and nonprofits are eligible to apply for these grants that were developed to benefit students from low-income households. The applications must be received by the Texas Department of Agriculture by 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Direct Certification Grants
The Texas Department of Agriculture awarded one-time direct certification grants of $584.11 to 192 school districts in Spring 2015.
Funds can be used by schools for purchases such as:
- Training for staff related to the process of completing direct certification of the unmatched list
- Computer skill training for staff necessary to complete direct certification of the unmatched list
- Overtime pay for staff to perform or be trained on direct certification of the unmatched list
- Computer equipment, software or hardware necessary to complete the direct certification of the unmatched list. This includes license fees for software used to maintain list of enrollment records that are used for direct certification
- Expenses, including travel costs and overtime pay, associated with attending free trainings offered by Education Service Centers related to Direct Certification
For more information please contact TDA at 877-TEX-MEAL.
Ideas for Best Practices in Nutrition Education Grants
Whether you work with schools or other child care organizations, starting something new or building up an existing program, Below are some valuable links to references & resources sure to guide you to some best practices sure to improve nutrition & nutrition environments for the children you care for and serve:
USDA Team Nutrition Best Practices Report
This report provides detailed information about six Team Nutrition educational materials including those aimed at child care centers as well as schools.
No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength Center
The No Kid Hungry Share Our Strength Center for Best Practices offers a list that summarizes funding opportunities for organizations operating child nutrition programs including School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), and the At-Risk Afterschool Meals Program.
Eat Smart. Play Hard.
The Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM Campaign was launched by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to encourage and teach children, parents, and caregivers to eat healthy and be physically active every day. Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM offers resources and tools to convey and reinforce healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the MyPyramid Food Guidance System. Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM is about making America's children healthier. It's about practical suggestions that will help you motivate children and their caregivers to eat healthy and be active. Eat Smart. Play Hard.TM Campaign messages and materials are fun for children and informative for caregivers. http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/eatsmartmaterials.html
Grow It, Try it, Like it!
Grow It, Try It, Like It! Preschool Fun with Fruits and Vegetables is a garden-themed nutrition education kit for child care center staff that introduces children to: three fruits - peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe, and three vegetables - spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash.
Changing the Scene - Improving the School Nutrition Environment is a tool kit that addresses the entire school nutrition environment from a commitment to nutrition and physical activity, pleasant eating experiences, quality school meals, other healthy food options, nutrition education and marketing the issue to the public. This kit can help local people take action to improve their school's nutrition environment. The kit includes a variety of tools for use at the local level to raise awareness and address school environment issues that influence students' eating and physical activity practices. FNS developed the kit with input from 16 education, nutrition and health organizations. These groups and their logos are listed on the kit as collaborators.
HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC)
Schools that achieve the award offer opportunities for nutrition education, physical education and physical activity while bringing their menus in line with the 2005 DGAs.
Additional Team Nutrition resources are available http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/library.html
Sprouting Healthy Kids
The Sustainable Food Center, which promotes healthy food choices, partnered with six middle schools in Austin, Texas, to implement Sprouting Healthy Kids. The pilot project was designed to increase children's knowledge of the food system, their consumption of fruits and vegetables and their access to local farm produce.
Fuel Up to Play 60
Fuel Up to Play 60 is a school-based program developed by The National Football League, National Dairy Council, and your local Dairy Councils. Fuel Up to Play 60 helps students eat healthy and stay active by empowering them to make smart choices about their nutrition and physical activity.
Supporting Healthy Food and Activity Environments
Strategic Alliance ENACT Environments
NAPSACC - The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care Program
Other Obesity Prevention
A complete list of interventions and programs is on the left side of the page.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Changing Environments to Prevent Obesity
Strategies to Support Healthy Choices
Organizations Making Grants on an Ongoing Basis
Allen Foundation Inc.
American Dietetic Association Foundation
Children's Nutrition and Fitness Grant Program, General Mills Foundation
J.C. Penney Corporate Contributions Program -- Proposals for local organizations, projects with a local scope, hospitals, museums, and individual colleges and universities should be sent to the managers of individual J.C. Penney stores and facilities.
Share Our Strength -- Grants specifically supporting CACFP, SFSP & NSLP
Health & Education
Baseball Tomorrow Fund
Bowerman Track Renovation Program, Nike, Inc.
Carol M. White Physical Education Program
U.S. Soccer Foundation
Abbott Laboratories Fund
Amarillo Area Foundation, Inc.
Amon G. Carter Foundation
Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.
Hallmark Corporate Foundation
Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Inc.
Houston Endowment Inc.
Rockwell Fund, Inc.
Samuel Harris Fund For Children's Dental Health Dentistry Grant Program
San Antonio Area Foundation
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
The Cailloux Foundation
The Hoglund Foundation
The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
The Meadows Foundation
The Moody Foundation
The Powell Foundation
The Priddy Foundation
Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
George & Fay Young Foundation, Inc.
The Zachry Foundation
Albertsons Grocery Stores Donations
American Honda Foundation
Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Bank of America
Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund
Brookshire Brothers Grocery Donations
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Captain Planet Foundation
Clorox to a Bright Future
Corning Incorporated Foundation
Do Something Seed Grant
El Paso Corporation
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation An orchard
General Motors Foundation and Corporate Grants
Grow Your Garden Grant from Texas PTA
HEB Excellence in Education: Healthy Campus Grant
Kitchen Gardeners International
The Kroger Foundation Donations
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
The NEA Foundation – Nickelodeon Big Help Grants
Proctor and Gamble Fund Grants
Share Our Strength -- Grants specifically supporting CACFP, SFSP & NSLP
Texas Action for Healthy Kids
Toshiba America Foundation
United Supermarkets From the Heart Donations
USDA Rural Development
Walmart Foundation Local Community Contribution
Whole Kids Foundation
Youth Garden Grants, National Gardening Association Grant Programs
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