To participate in the Healthier CACFP Recognition Award, independent and sponsoring CACFP child care contracting entities must apply and be awarded the Establishing the 3E’s Nutrition Grant Program (E3E). Awards of $10,000 and $50,000 are available. 

The objectives of the grants and recognition awards are to increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition, and to encourage children’s health and well-being through the 3E's of Healthy Living - Education, Exercise and Eating Right.

Your ESC will be able to provide training and technical assistance on how to complete the Request for Application. 

2019 Establishing the 3E's Grant Program  Minimize 
Healthier CACFP Recognition Award Informational Video
Application Due: received by TDA before close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on Thursday, May 2, 2019. 

Forms and guidelines
Click on the link Establishing the 3E's Nutrition Grant Program Application and Instructions to apply for the grant.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications for the Establishing the 3E’s Grant Program (E3E) to promote better health and nutrition programs and prevent obesity among preschool children in the state. 

The E3E Grant Program is intended for any child care contracting entities (independent or sponsor) in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) or community organizations to establish their Healthier CACFP Award Program, or extend an existing wellness program. 


To be eligible for E3E funds, an applying organization must be in good standing with TDA and must: 
  1. Be an organization that:
    1. participates in early childhood education, including:
      1. the CACFP as administered by TDA;
      2. a Head Start Program, as defined in 42 USC 9801 et seq., and 45 CFR Parts 1301-1311; or
      3. another early childhood education program; and
    2. certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children between the ages of three and five years old; or
  2. Be a community or faith-based initiative that:
    1. provides recreational, social, volunteer, leadership, mentoring, or developmental programs; and
    2. certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children younger than 19 years of age.
Program options

Grant funds may be used to establish, implement or extend:
  1. Comprehensive wellness efforts to achieve either Bronze, Silver or Gold status in the *Healthier CACFP Award Program, including activities to improve:  
    1. nutrition
    2. physical activity
    3. nutrition education
    4. and/or the child care environment
      *Only organizations with a current contract with TDA Food and Nutrition Division to administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are eligible to apply for the Healthier CACFP Award Program. Please refer to Attachment A for award criteria.
  2. Activities that supplement or extend current farm to pre-school or child care educational activities, such as but not limited to:
    1. garden-based learning
    2. other experiential learning opportunities teaching students about Texas agriculture or
    3. other wellness programs.
NOTE: If an organization has received and accepted a 2015 E3E award, it is ineligible to receive another E3E grant. 

For questions regarding E3E, please contact the Grants Office.

Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Texas Department of Agriculture
Commissioner Sid Miller