Grant Opportunities

No Kid Hungry: Education Leaders Grant Opportunity

Deadline Friday, November 20
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No Kid Hungry is excited to announce a grant opportunity to support the efforts of school district administrators, including school boards, superintendents, chief financial officers, school business officials, etc., in working to increase district-wide food access to their student body via collaboration with neighboring school districts, community organizations, non-profit partners, and local government agencies. Grants of up to $75,000 will be given to facilitate partnerships with partner organizations in supporting joint efforts to ensure kids in their community have access to the federal meals programs, backpack programs and food pantries. This grant will also support the needs of school districts to run these programs. Deadline to apply is November 20, 2020.


    • Eligibility Criteria: School districts that are currently working with community partners, or intend to work with community partners, to provide children in their communities with access to the federal meals programs, backpack programs or food pantries during the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Length of Grant: December 1, 2020 – December 1, 2021
    • Grant Amount: up to $75,000 awarded to school districts
    • Proposals Due November 20, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. ET

Click here to download the RFP and find out more about the grant and how to apply!

No Kid Hungry: Promising Practices to End Rural Child Hunger

Deadline Wednesday, November 18
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Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is soliciting applications from rural school districts, food banks, Tribal communities, faith-based organizations, and other community-based providers seeking support in their efforts to alleviate child hunger and food insecurity. Applications can come from a single organization or any lead organization representing a partnership effort. (Don't miss the related report on Rural Child Hunger & Faith Community Engagement.)

Through this project, Share Our Strength seeks to identify, document, and better understand promising practices within rural communities that achieve the following outcomes:

    • Increased food security among children
    • Increased participation in one or more federal Child Nutrition Programs
    • Decreased stigma associated with accessing federal Child Nutrition Programs and/or additional food assistance resources
    • Broad-based community engagement to understand and address community needs related to child food security, as well as sustained partnerships to enable meaningful interventions over time

Share Our Strength will prioritize grant funds to organizations located within and projects serving Communities of Color and historically marginalized populations, including Tribal communities and immigrant populations.* Additionally, we will prioritize funding to rural communities located within nonmetro counties designated as persistently poor, according to Census and/or American Community Survey data.

Visit our No Kid Hungry Grant Opportunity: Promising Practices to End Rural Child Hunger inquiry form to share limited details about your proposed project. Share Our Strength staff will then reach out to qualifying applicants with an invitation to submit a full project proposal. Inquiry forms must be submitted no later than 8pm Eastern on Wednesday, November 18.

*Share Our Strength classifies “Communities of Color” as counties, districts, or schools that are 50 percent or more non-white.

SNF Equipment Grant

Deadlines vary
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The 2021 Equipment Grants Application(s) opens on October 1, 2020. Eligible applicants have the opportunity to win one of four grants, each worth between $20,000 to $65,000 of equipment. These grants are the Winston Equipment Grant, the Vulcan Equipment Grant, the Hobart Equipment Grant and the Collection Grant (comprised of donations made by multiple equipment companies). Applications and photos must be submitted by a school nutrition director. The recipients will be notified in late-March. This year, only finalists will be asked to submit a 2-3-minute video. Find more info here.

USDA Food and Nutrition Service 2021 Farm to School Grant

Deadline Friday, January 8, 2021
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USDA will award up to $10 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in FY 2021. Each grant helps implement farm to school programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, connect children with agriculture for better health, and inspire youth to consider careers in agriculture. The RFA includes three tracks—Implementation, State Agency, and a new Turnkey track—to support a variety of projects and implementation stages. Each track provides funding for a specific range of activities. Find more info here.

You can also register for this webinar on November 10, in which the Farm to School Team will provide an overview of the FY2021 Farm to School Program RFA, including updates to eligibility, new turnkey programs and more. Get familiar with the requirements of the RFA and how to submit your completed application on

2020 Carton 2 Garden Contest

Deadline Tuesday, December 1, 2020
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Public and private schools that use at least 100 paperboard cartons for an innovative garden creation  and award is $1,000 - $5,000 Learn more and apply here.

2020 Carton 2 Garden Contest

Deadline Friday, December 18, 2020
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Any nonprofit, school, or youth program serving 15 youth ages 3-18 and the award is $700 - $1700 in cash & gardening resources Learn more and apply here.

Action for Healthy Kids: Emergency Meal Distribution Grants for NC

Rolling deadline
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Who? Districts currently feeding students at school or other sites.

What? Receive a $1000-$2,000 credit per site in your district to purchase equipment through Hubert.

Equipment could include coolers, insulated bags, carts, packaging and even personal protection equipment to be used now and into the fall.

When? ASAP! Grant applications are currently live and will be awarded weekly until all funds are awarded. No need to wait for a check; within a week of application, you'll receive award notification and be able to place your order.

Priority: ALL NC districts serving emergency meals are eligible for grants. Priority for districts with ALDI stores located within or nearby.

Questions? Connect with Ellen Dillon (, AFHK Senior Field Manager.

Whole Kids Foundation Grants

Deadlines vary. Apply for grants for school gardens, salad bars, honey bee hives. and for support with scratch cooking. Learn more here.

Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grants in Community Navigation

Rolling deadline
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To encourage Health Equity, Cigna Foundation is currently seeking proposals from non-profit organizations engaged in eliminating Health Disparities and improving Community Health Navigation. These grants support projects that help individuals understand the particular Health Equity challenges affecting them, and assist them in finding services in their communities that address those challenges. Learn more here.

The Dairy Alliance Mini-Grants

The Dairy Alliance 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 nutrition directors should contact Health and Wellness Program Manager Cami Lewis at or 678-822-2868.

Salad Bars to Schools

Deadlines vary
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Salad Bars to Schools provides funding for salad bars to be installed in K-12 schools across the country. The program was founded by the Chef Ann Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Start Foundation, and Whole Foods Market in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. Apply now.