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 up to $10,000 are available for EACH site.
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.
Complete applications must by received by TDA before close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The application deadline is extended to Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
Forms and guidelines
Click on the link "Establishing the 3E's Nutrition Grant Program Application and Instructions" to apply for the grant.
To be eligible for E3E funds, an applying organization must be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller’s Office and TDA and must:
1. Be an organization that:
A. participates in the CACFP as administered by TDA; or,
B. operates a Head Start Program, pursuant to the program rules in 45 CFR Parts 1301-1311; or,
C. is another early childhood education program; AND
D. certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children between the ages of three and five years old,
2. Be a community or faith-based initiative that:
A. provides recreational, social, volunteer, leadership, mentoring, or developmental programs; and
B.certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children younger than 19 years of age.
If an organization has previously received and accepted an E3E award, it is ineligible to receive another E3E grant for four years from the date of the previous award.
Use of Funds
Grant funds may be used to establish, implement or extend a comprehensive wellness effort to achieve:
Program 1: The Healthier CACFP Gold Award* or
Program 2: The 3E’s Award
Which may include activities to improve:
a. menus; and
b. the environment through garden or experiential learning activities that teach students about Texas agriculture, and either:
c. nutrition education; or
d. physical activity
*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 Gold Award Program. Please refer to Attachment A for award criteria.
For questions regarding E3E, please contact the Grants Office.