Are you looking for funds to improve or expand your school’s breakfast program? Is your school enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program? You have the opportunity to win up to $2000 for your school if you apply before July 26, 2013.
For the fifth year in a row, National Dairy Council is partnering with General Mills Foodservice to award $50,000—that’s right, fifty thousand dollars!—in grants to help K-12 schools expand their breakfast programs and increase participation.
About the Grant
Grants are open to schools within the United States who participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program. Schools who apply can receive up to $2000 in funding through the Fuel Up Breakfast Program, which has awarded $325,000 to more than 100 schools nationwide since 2009, and has greatly improved student access to nutritious foods such as low-fat and fat-free dairy products, whole grain cereals, and fruit.
Schools applying for a Fuel Up grant must have support of their school principal, district school nutrition director and school nutrition manager; school enrollment must be at least 500, with a breakfast participation level of less than 40 percent, and applicants must demonstrate an opportunity to raise breakfast participation. Applicants will be notified by August 8, 2013 if their school’s application has been approved or declined.
Past Grant Recipients
Past grant recipients have used the funds to implement alternative breakfast options such as breakfast-in-the-classroom, grab-and-go breakfast from a cart, or “second chance” breakfast after the first class period. In the 2012-13 school year, grants were awarded to 27 schools in 19 states, reaching 24,524 students. Results indicate an average increase of 50 percent in overall daily breakfast participation from the programs funded with grant dollars. Schools that received the grants reported significantly more dairy and whole grains served during the breakfast grant period.
To be considered for the Fuel Up Breakfast Grant schools must:
- Complete and submit an accurate online grant application.
- Participate in the National School Breakfast Program.
- Be enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for the 2013-14 school year and agree to participate fully by displaying the Fuel Up to Play 60 Activation Kit materials and encouraging students to track their healthy eating and physical activity online. (Note: program enrollment is free of charge and schools can enroll online at www.FuelUpToPlay60.com).
- Have support/backing from the school principal, district school nutrition director, and school nutrition manager.
- Have school enrollment of at least 500 students.
- Have opportunity to raise breakfast participation (current participation is < 40%).