Funding/Grants
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.

3E's Grant Programs
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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is authorized by §12.0027 of the Texas Agriculture Code to administer the 3E's Grant Program to promote better health and nutrition programs and prevent obesity among children in this state. The objective of the program is to increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition, especially for children, and to encourage children's health and well-being through Education, Exercise and Eating right. TDA’s 3E's consists of two grant program categories:

Establishing the 3E's Grant Program (Establish3E) - a program that incentivizes the creation of new nutrition education programs in any childcare institution or community organization.

Expanding the 3E's Grant Program (Expand3E) - a program that rewards the expansion of existing nutrition education programs in public schools only.



Important Note

Update 6/22/2020: To comply with the across-the-board budget cuts requested of all state agencies due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has made the difficult decision to suspend funding for the Expanding 3 E’s and Establishing 3 E’s Nutrition Education Grant Programs. We apologize for any time you may have spent preparing a grant application for this year’s award.


Ideas for Best Practices in Nutrition Education Grants
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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.
www.k12.wa.us/childnutrition/pubdocs/TeamNutritionBestPractices.pdf


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.
http://bestpractices.nokidhungry.org/child-nutrition-program-grant-opportunities


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.
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/growit.html

 

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.
http://teamnutrition.usda.gov/Resources/changing.html

 

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. 
www.fns.usda.gov/tn/healthierus/index.html

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.
www.rwjf.org/files/research/57334.final.pdf

www.aap.org

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.
www.fueluptoplay60.com/  

www.thegrhf.org 

www.beahealthyhero.org 

Supporting Healthy Food and Activity Environments
www.preventioninstitute.org/component/taxonomy/term/list/84/127.html

 

Strategic Alliance ENACT Environments
eatbettermovemore.org/sa/enact/members/index.php

NAPSACC - The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care Program
www.center-trt.org/index.cfm?fa=opinterventions.intervention&intervention=napsacc&page=intent

 

Other Obesity Prevention
A complete list of interventions and programs is on the left side of the page.
www.center-trt.org/index.cfm?fa=op.overview

Maintaining a Healthy Weight
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/tools-resources/index.htm

Changing Environments to Prevent Obesity
www.dshs.state.tx.us/obesity/GrowingCommunity/default.shtm

Strategies to Support Healthy Choices
www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/community_strategies_guide.pdf


Organizations Making Grants on an Ongoing Basis  Minimize 

Nutrition

Allen Foundation Inc.
www.allenfoundation.org

 

American Dietetic Association Foundation
www.adaf.org

 

Children's Nutrition and Fitness Grant Program, General Mills Foundation
www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/foundation.aspx

 

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.
www.jcpenney.net/social_resp/community/default.aspx

Share Our Strength -- Grants specifically supporting CACFP, SFSP & NSLP

www.strength.org/grants

Fitness

Baseball Tomorrow Fund
www.baseballtomorrowfund.com

 

Bowerman Track Renovation Program, Nike, Inc.
www.nikebiz.com/responsibility/community_programs/bowerman_track_program/

 

Carol M. White Physical Education Program
www.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed

 

U.S. Soccer Foundation
www.ussoccerfoundation.org

Health & Education

Abbott Laboratories Fund
www.abbottfund.org

 

Amarillo Area Foundation, Inc.
www.amarilloareafoundation.org

 

Amon G. Carter Foundation
www.agcf.org

 

Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc.
www.cftexas.org

 

Hallmark Corporate Foundation 
http://corporate.hallmark.com/community/Community-Involvement-Program-Guidelines

 

Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Inc.
www.kempnerfund.org

 

Houston Endowment Inc.
www.houstonendowment.org

 

Rockwell Fund, Inc.
www.rockfund.org

 

Samuel Harris Fund For Children's Dental Health Dentistry Grant Program

www.ada.org/applyforassistance.aspx#harris

 

San Antonio Area Foundation
www.saafdn.org

 

Scurlock Foundation
www.scurlockfoundation.org

 

Sid W. Richardson Foundation
www.sidrichardson.org

 

The Cailloux Foundation
www.caillouxfoundation.org

 

The Hoglund Foundation
www.hoglundfoundation.org

 

The Kerr Foundation, Inc.
www.thekerrfoundation.org

 

The Meadows Foundation
www.mfi.org

 

The Moody Foundation
www.moodyf.org

 

The Powell Foundation
www.powellfoundation.org

 

The Priddy Foundation
www.priddyfdn.org 

 

Nelda C. and H. J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
www.starkfoundation.org

 

Sterling-Turner Foundation
http://sterlingturnerfoundation.org

 

George & Fay Young Foundation, Inc.
www.gfyfoundation.org

 

The Zachry Foundation
www.zachryfoundation.org

Community

Abell-Hanger Foundation
www.abell-hanger.org

 

Albertsons Grocery Stores Donations
www.albertsons.com/about/community.jsp

American Honda Foundation
http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

Annie’s Grants for Gardens
www.annies.com/grants_for_gardens

Bank of America
www.bankofamerica.com/foundation

 

Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund
www.bridgestone-firestone.com/trustfund.asp

 

Brookshire Brothers Grocery Donations
www.brookshirebrothers.com/index.php/donation-policy

The Brown Foundation, Inc. 
www.brownfoundation.org

Captain Planet Foundation
http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants

Clorox to a Bright Future
www.powerabrightfuture.com

Corning Incorporated Foundation
www.corning.com/about_us/corporate_citizenship/community/corning_foundation.aspx

 

Do Something Seed Grant
www.dosomething.org/grants/seedgrants

Donors Choose
www.donorschoose.org/

El Paso Corporation
www.elpaso.com/contacts/foundation.shtm

 

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation An orchard
www.ftpf.org/apply.htm

Gannett Foundation
www.gannettfoundation.org

 

General Motors Foundation and Corporate Grants
www.gm.com/corporate/responsibility/community/guidelines/index.jsp

 

Grow Your Garden Grant from Texas PTA
www.txpta.org/programs/healthy-lifestyles

HEB Excellence in Education: Healthy Campus Grant
www.heb.com/sectionpage/about-us/community/excellence-in-education/26501118

Kitchen Gardeners International
http://kgi.org/grants

The Kroger Foundation Donations
www.thekrogerco.com/corpnews/corpnewsinfo_charitablegiving_foundation.htm

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
www.toolboxforeducation.com/hta.html

The NEA Foundation – Nickelodeon Big Help Grants
www.neafoundation.org/pages/nea-special-grants-to-educator

 

Proctor and Gamble Fund Grants
www.pg.com/company/our_commitment/grant_application_guidelines.jhtml

Share Our Strength -- Grants specifically supporting CACFP, SFSP & NSLP

www.nokidhungry.org/

 

Texas Action for Healthy Kids
www.actionforhealthykids.org/index.php

Toshiba America Foundation
www.toshiba.com/taf/index.jsp

United Supermarkets From the Heart Donations
www.unitedtexas.com/our-community/donations

USDA Rural Development

www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/programs-services-communities-nonprofits

 

Walmart Foundation Local Community Contribution
http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving

Whole Kids Foundation
www.wholekidsfoundation.org/gardengrants.php

Youth Garden Grants, National Gardening Association Grant Programs
www.kidsgardening.com/grants.asp

YSA Grants
www.actionforhealthykids.org/index.php



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