Healthier CACFP Recognition Award
How to Apply

Update 6/19/2020: 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.

Apply for a Healthier CACFP Recognition Award

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.

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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.

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

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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