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- Planning and Implementation Farm to School Grants Available
- School Grants for Healthy Kids
- Apply for “Million Hearts” Social Marketing Programs Awards




Planning and Implementation Farm to School Grants Available

USDA has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for a new farm to school grant program. The RFA is now posted on grants.gov and the USDA Farm to School website.

There will be two types of grants available:

1. Planning grants are intended primarily for K-12 school food authorities who participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program that are in the beginning phases of their farm to school efforts.

2. Implementation grants are geared towards advancing existing farm to school initiatives. K-12 school food authorities who participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Program, along with state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers or groups of agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working in partnership with school districts, may apply for implementation grants.

The grants require at least a 25% funding match. Applications are due June 15, 2012 and awards are expected to be made in October 2012. Planning grants are expected to range from $20,000 - $45,000 and represent approximately 25% of the total awards. Implementation grants are expected to range from $65,000 - $100,000 and represent approximately 75% of the total awards. Given the HHFKA mandate that priority consideration be given to schools serving a high proportion of children who are eligible for free or reduced price meals, projects that serve school districts and schools that have high free and reduced price meal enrollment will receive extra points in evaluation scoring.

Two webinars will be offered in order for applicants to learn more about this grant opportunity. More information regarding registration for these webinars will be sent via this listserv.

- Tuesday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. EST Implementation grants
- Thursday, May 17, 1:00 p.m. EST Planning grants

For more information, please visit the USDA Farm to School website and the Farm to School grant program RFA.






School Grants for Healthy Kids

Through partners such as Kellogg's and the Walmart Foundation, Action for Healthy Kids is pleased to release its School Grants for Healthy Kids opportunities for the 2012-2013 school years. Over 500 schools nationwide will be awarded funds that will range from $1,000 to $5,000 with significant in-kind contributions from Action for Healthy Kids in the form of people, programs, and school nutrition expertise. Schools will be provided with management expertise and support to develop strong nutrition programs around school breakfast, competitive foods, summer meals, access to healthy food and nutrition education.

Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school's ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program; and must have free/reduced priced meal eligibility greater than 50% to be eligible.

Visit Action for Healthy Kids website for more information: actionforhealthykids.org

Gor more details regarding School Grants for Healthy Kids, click here.






Apply for “Million Hearts” Social Marketing Programs Awards

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Wellness Initiatives “Million Hearts” social marketing programs for peer run/recovery community organizations awards. This program will enable consumer-run and peer recovery community organizations to conduct community-based social marketing activities increasing awareness about the importance of heart health. These efforts include information and activities to prevent heart disease and stroke among adults with behavioral health challenges, as well as promote the long-term goal of helping them to achieve an overall state of wellness. For more information, please contact Carol Bloomberg, Carol_Bloomberg@abtassoc.com.



Funding Opportunities
May 2012