DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 3, 2013
Application for Funds
Through partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2013-2014 school year. Around 400 schools will be awarded funds that will range from $1,000 to $5,000 with significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs, and school breakfast and physical activity expertise. We'll also provide schools with management expertise and support to develop strong alternative and universal breakfast or physical activity programs.
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. Grants are available in select states as listed below.
What schools need to know to apply:
- Learn more by listening to our archived Introductory Webinar and view the slides.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the grant opportunity.
- The following grants are available:
- ALL STATES – School breakfast program pilot 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. Average grant size is $1,500. 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. Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2014. (Note: 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).
- SELECT States (CA, CO, CT, DC/MD/VA, FL, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, MI, MN, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, WA) - Universal School Breakfast Pilot - Provides funding to pilot a universal alternative breakfast program in 2-3 schools in a district such that successes can be expanded to multiple schools within the district over three school years. Grant size is $5,000 per school with potential for future funding to other district schools. IMPACT: As part of this pilot project, schools should target an increase in daily ADP of the new universal alternative breakfast program to 85% or greater, and must provide information to students/parents on nutrition and caloric content of foods available. If schools experience challenges in reaching this ambitious goal, it will be included as part of key learnings associated with this pilot project. Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2014. School projects could include: moving to Universal Breakfast, if an alternative model is already in place; adding an alternative model (Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, 2nd Change Breakfast, etc.) if a Traditional Cafeteria Universal Breakfast model is currently offered; or creating both an Alternative Universal Breakfast (alternative model + Universal Breakfast) program. (NOTE: 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 60% to be eligible). Will Universal Breakfast work in your school?
- SELECT States (AL, DC/MD, GA, IL, IN, KY, OH (priority on Toledo and Columbus), PA, WV (priority on Huntington)) - Physical Activity – Provides funding for facilities and equipment for recess, playgrounds/play-spaces, classroom energizers, physical education, intramural and/or before/after-school programs that introduce underserved youth populations to the value of an active lifestyle. Grant size range from $1,000 to $5,000 with most schools receiving $1,000. IMPACT: Schools must increase physical activity opportunities to 30 minutes per day at school, and must provide information to students/parents on the importance of physical activity. Schools must also join the celebration during Every Kid Healthy Week by hosting a family-friendly health-promoting event during April 2014. (NOTE: Schools with greater than 50% of students eligible for free/reduced priced meals may receive priority).
Steps to Apply
You may download the paper application here (pdf) so you can work with your team to develop your concept before submitting it online. (NOTE: paper applications will not be accepted. Please make sure you submit your final application online.)
Applications must be submitted online. Create an account and submit your application here. Once the paper application is complete, it will take ~30 minutes to submit online.
- May 3, 2013 - Applications Due (NOTE: DEADLINE EXTENDED FROM APRIL 19, 2013)
- May 17, 2013 - Awarded schools notified
- June 7, 2013 - Submission of MOA (including Wellness Survey and 5-person Team). MOAs not received within 3 weeks of award will lose grant
- Sept 10, 2013 - Webinar for grant funded schools
- Dec 13, 2013 - Mid Project report due
- May 23, 2014 - Final Project report due