Grant Opportunities

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC)

This grant is focused on helping high-need schools and districts cover the upfront costs often associated with the startup and implementation of innovative breakfast service, such as purchasing equipment, outreach efforts to parents, program promotion, and other related expenses.

Schools qualify if they meet the following criteria:

  • Either 70% or more students qualify for Free or Reduced-Price (FRP) meals, or else the school operates community eligibility (CEP).
  • Average daily participation (ADP) in school breakfast is at 50% or less.

Find what schools in your district are eligible for the grant.

A significant Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant awarded to an NC school district in 2012 spurred development of innovative breakfast programs that have spread to more than 80 schools. See a video about their success.

Get started at the Breakfast in the Classroom NC site. For application guidelines, click on the "Learn More" button under "Grant Criteria" and scroll to the bottom of the window.



Southeast Dairy Mini-Grants

Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA) has grant funding for NC schools for any new program that will increase access to federally-funded meals, including school breakfast and at-risk afterschool meals.

Interested School Nutrition Directors should contact SUDIA Health and Wellness Program Manager Cami Lewis at or 678-822-2868.


Farm to School Grant

The USDA Office of Community Food Systems recently released the FY 2018 Farm to School Request for Applications (RFA).

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods. Implementation, planning, and training grants are available to eligible applicants. Applications must be submitted by December 8.

Additional resources and a list of past grantees are available for review.