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
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

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.


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

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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