CNP Grant Opportunities

Attention Utah public schools: Check out these grant opportunities for your child nutrition programs (CNP).

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Action for Healthy Kids Grants (due April 1, 2016)

Hurry! School Grants for Healthy Kids. There is still time to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for your school and up to $50,000 for your school district. Are you looking to implement a physical activity and nutrition initiative to enhance your school’s overall wellness? We have a Game On grant for you!  Want to improve your school breakfast program and increase student participation? We have breakfast grants for your school or for many schools in your district. Can’t decide which grant is right for you?  Send us your questionsLearn more.  Deadline is Friday, April 1st, and that’s no foolin’.  Problem viewing email? Click here to view it online.


USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program  (due May 12, 2016)

AMS has grant funding available to strengthen local and regional food systems through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and is hosting webinars to help potential applicants with the grant process.

AMS is providing over $26 million in competitive grants, divided equally between the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). FMPP grants support direct producer-to-consumer marketing projects. LFPP funding supports projects, including farm to school projects, that develop, improve, and expand local and regional food business supply chain activities, including processing, distribution, aggregation, and storage of locally produced food products.

AMS will host a webinar March 29 (registration link) at 2:00 PM EDT to explain how to submit grant applications through Additional grant writing workshops will be held through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project. Visit to see if training is scheduled in your area.

Farm to school example: In 2014 Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation received a LFPP grant to expand a pilot Farm to Early Care Project in Central Brooklyn by increasing access to farm fresh, healthy food for 1,500 children while generating increased revenue for participating farmers.

Applications are due May 12, 2016.  More information here.


Fuel Up to Play 60 School Nutrition Equipment Grant (due June 30, 2016)

Fuel Up to Play 60 is pleased to offer School Nutrition Equipment Grants of up to $5,000 in total value for the 2016-2017 School Year. The purpose of these grants is to assist School Nutrition Directors in the purchase of equipment that will enhance the long term implementation of their school breakfast and lunch programs. Schools may apply individually, or districts may apply for multiple schools within their district. Each school involved in the application, whether applying as part of a district, or applying as an individual school, may apply for up to $5,000 in school nutrition equipment.  More information online at


16 USDA Equipment Grant (more information forthcoming for USOE CNP)

Start thinking about equipment purchases your school(s) need with an acquisition cost over $5,000.  USOE CNP will be sending out more information about the grant application process in the near future.  The purpose of Equipment Assistance Grants is to distribute funding allocations provided by the Agriculture Appropriations Act.  State agencies competitively award equipment assistance grants to eligible school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

These funds will allow SFAs to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables in school meals, improve food safety, and expand access.  State agencies must award these grants via a competitive grant process.  Contact for the grant is Chris Bruhn.  USDA information about the grant is posted at


Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce Grant (ongoing)

 The Chef Ann Foundation has $250,000 available to support school lunchroom learning programs. Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools is a grant program designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school’s nutrition program.

Grants will be determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding; there is no application deadline.  More information here.


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