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.


2018 Equipment Grants   

2017 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities  Maximize 

Expanding 3E's Nutrition Grant Program (X3E)  Minimize 
Application Due: CLOSED

The Texas Department of Agriculture(TDA) is currently accepting applications for the Expanding the 3E's Grant Program from public schools. Grant funds may be used to supplement or extend Farm Fresh Friday activities such as the following in the 2019-2020 school year: 
  • Building garden beds
  • Planting an orchard
  • Planting a pollinator garden
  • Adding shaded areas to new or existing gardens to encourage outdoor learning
  • Improving garden accessibility for students with disabilities
  • Creating walking trails that invite physical activity near garden spaces
  • Paying for staff time for garden maintenance
  • Taste testing activities using seasonality focused products
  • Networking events that strengthen local purchasing relationships with Texas farmers and ranchers
  • Field trips to local farm or farmers market            
  • Meet the Farmer days

For details, please visit the 3E’s Grant Programs Web page. Learn more about Farm Fresh Fridays by visiting FarmFreshFriday.org.  Farm Fresh resources for schools are available at SquareMeals.org/TexasFarmFresh TexasAgriculture.gov..

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 X3E are located in Title 4 of the Texas Administrative Code (4 TAC), Chapter 26.

Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest  Minimize 
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.

2016 Establishing 3E's Grant Program  Minimize 
Application period: CLOSED
The Establishing the 3E’s program promotes the creation of new nutrition education programs in any child care institution or community organization. This program is geared toward 3-5 year old children. This program allows not only children, but their parents, to learn that proper nutrition education at an early age is pertinent to developing healthy eating and exercising habits. 

E3E -2016 Official Request for Application
Attachment A: Healthier CACFP Recognition Award – General Information & Award Program Criteria

School Grants for Healthy Kids - TX Action for Healthy Kids  Minimize 
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!

Click here to find out more about the grants and click here to view the application. 

Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant  Minimize 
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  Minimize 
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.

Visit actionforhealthykids.org/grants for more information. You can also email the Action for Healthy Kids Texas State Coordinator Michelle Smith at: msmith@actionforhealthykids.org if you have questions!

Section 201 Fund Plan - School District Training Grants  Minimize 
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  Minimize 
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  Minimize 

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  Minimize 

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  Minimize 


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



Baseball Tomorrow Fund


Bowerman Track Renovation Program, Nike, Inc.


Carol M. White Physical Education Program


U.S. Soccer Foundation

Health & Education

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


Scurlock 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


Sterling-Turner Foundation


George & Fay Young Foundation, Inc.


The Zachry Foundation


Abell-Hanger 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

Donors Choose

El Paso Corporation


The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation An orchard

Gannett Foundation


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

YSA Grants

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