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School Grants for Healthy Kids - School Breakfast Grants

Grants to USA K-12 Schools and PTAs to Support New and
Expanded Healthy Breakfast Programs for Students

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Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)

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Grants of $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000 to USA K-12 schools and PTAs to create new or expand existing alternative student breakfast programs. Funding is intended to promote an increase in breakfast participation among students. Funded schools will also receive individualized support from the Funding Source (expertise and people power) to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change. Schools must participate in the National School Breakfast Program.

To be considered for a $3,000 Start Up grant, schools will:
- Offer breakfast at no charge for all students (either participation in Provision 2 or Community Eligibility Provision)
- Implement new alternative breakfast programming (e.g. breakfast in the classroom, grab and go to the classroom, etc.)
- Have a current breakfast participation of less than 50%

To be considered for a $2,000 Start Up grant, schools will:
- Implement new alternative breakfast programming (e.g. breakfast in the classroom, grab and go to the classroom)
- Have a free and reduced between 40%-60%.

Sustainable grants are for schools and districts to expand efforts started by previously funded AFHK breakfast granted schools for alternative breakfast initiatives. Schools will be awarded based on project, ability to offer breakfast at no charge, and impact of grant.

A school breakfast best practice is to move breakfast out of the cafeteria and after the bell. The following models are examples of alternative breakfast models:
- Breakfast in the Classroom: Breakfast delivered to classrooms; students consume breakfast in classrooms after the bell
- Grab and Go to the Classroom: Breakfast is picked up by students at high traffic location(s) at the school (not the cafeteria) and taken to the classroom
- Grab and Go to Other Locations: Breakfast is picked up by students at high traffic location(s) at the school (not the cafeteria) and taken to other locations (not cafeteria and not classroom).
- Second Chance Breakfast: Breakfast is offered at a later time or after first period/homeroom. Students may pick it up at alternate locations (not cafeteria) or from cafeteria (if all students have access and time to eat).
- Other: Schools can create other models. The best practice is to move breakfast closer to students.

Awarded schools will also:
- Schools funded for $3,000 will offer breakfast at no charge for all students. No-charge breakfast reduces stigma related to eating breakfast.
- Provide information to students and parents on the importance of school breakfast
- Complete AFHK’s School Health Index at the beginning and end of the grant cycle
- Join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2020.

Funds can be used towards the purchase of equipment, evaluation costs (printing/copying), incentives (no more than 10% of total budget), and food for taste testing only.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179724

Number of Grants:

Nearly 200 schools will receive grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Schools will be awarded $2,000 or $3,000 for Start Up programs and $1,000 for Sustainable programs.

Term of Contract:

Funding is for the 2019-2020 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible schools must be in the United States and serve grades K-12. Schools that serve PreK or younger are not eligible. If your school serves PreK and older, you are eligible to apply, but your grant may not be used for PreK only (K-12 students must also be served). The breakfast grant requires that schools participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program.

Only schools, PTO/PTA or school health teams can apply for and receive grant funds. If a partner organization is interested in working with schools to implement school wellness programs, the organization is encouraged to take the lead in submitting the grant application with the approval of school representatives. The funds will go to the school and the school can spend them according to the needs of the grant.

Schools must have a free/reduced priced meal eligibility equal to or greater than 40%.

Grant funds cannot be used for staffing or administrative costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To listen to a recording of a Breakfast Grant webinar from February 21, 2019, click here:

For a recording of the January 10, 2019 webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Friday, April 5, 2019. Applications must be submitted online.

Sustainability Grant applicants must confirm eligibility with their State Coordinator or Regional Manager.

Thursday, February 21, 2019: Apply for a 2019-2020 School Breakfast Grant webinar
Friday, April 5, 2019: Applications due
Monday, May 13, 2019: Award notifications
Friday, June 1, 2018: School Terms and Conditions and pre-School Health Index Due
Friday, December 13, 2019: Midterm Report, pre-School Health Index and 2 photos due
Friday, March 27, 2020: Every Kid Healthy Week Event Survey due
Friday, May 29, 2020: Final report due

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming