Friday, March 9, 2012

3/20 or 3/27/2012: learn about School Grants for Healthy Kids

Through partners such as Kellogg's and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2012-2013 school year. 

Over 500 schools will be awarded funds that will range from $1,000 to $5,000 (average $2,000) with significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs, and school nutrition expertise. We'll also provide schools with management expertise and support to develop strong nutrition programs around school breakfast, competitive foods, summer meals, access to healthy food and nutrition education.

Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school's ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible. Priority selection will be given to schools with student enrollment greater than 500 students. Grants are available in select states as listed below.

What schools need to know to apply
Interested schools are invited to attend a webinar to learn more about the available grant opportunities for 2012-2013 and receive tips for applying. Please register for the time best fitting your schedule. NOTE: Archived recordings will be posted here following the live sessions.

Tues, Mar 20, 2012 - 2:00-3:00PM CST- Register>>
Tues, Mar 27, 2012 - 2:00-3:00PM CST - Register>>
The following grants are available:

ALL STATES - School breakfast program creation and/or expansion - to include alternative breakfast programs (i.e., breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, breakfast after 1st period, breakfast on the school bus) and universal breakfast programs. IMPACT: Schools must realize an increase in daily ADP of school breakfast program by 25% and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available.
Summer feeding program creation and/or expansion - assisting support and funding to already existing summer meal program sites, or creating new sites based on community need.
Providing healthier foods in competitive food venues like vending machines, a la carte lines, school fundraiser activities, classroom activities, rewards, and extra-curricular vending (school sports) activities. IMPACT: Schools must realize a positive shift in implementing school policy in these areas.
Proving access to healthy foods through food taste testing, nutrition education lessons, and food curriculum enhancements. IMPACT: Schools must implement at least one taste test opportunity for the entire student population, implement nutrition education lessons, and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available.

Steps to Apply
Applications must be submitted online at
You may download the paper application here (pdf) so you can work with your team to develop your concept before submitting in online. (NOTE: paper applications will not be accepted. Please make sure you submit your final application online.)
May 5, 2012 - Applications Due
June 1, 2012 - Awarded schools notified
June 7, 2012 - Webinar for grant funded schools
Dec 14, 2012 - Mid Project report due
June 14, 2013 - Final Project report due

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