Grant Opportunities

No Kid Hungry NC

No Kid Hungry NC has a new pool of grants over three years, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, to support innovative Breakfast After the Bell, summer meals, and afterschool meals programs. Funding support comes from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

  • Applications for the Summer Meals grant will be accepted March 1, 2020 to March 31, 2020. You can preview the information sheet here, although the grant portal is not yet open.
  • Information on the next rounds of school breakfast and At-Risk Afterschool Meals opportunities is forthcoming.
  • Contact with any questions.

No Kid Hungry's Program Innovation Team

Evidence from previous pilots seems to indicate that serving adult meals and providing activities or programming at sites may be two strategies that can increase participation and improve the user experience for kids and their families. This summer, the national No Kid Hungry campaign is looking for up to ten pilot partners to help us put these strategies to the test.

Partners selected for either pilot will receive up to $10,000 and technical assistance from No Kid Hungry's Program Innovation team to plan and pilot their idea. To be eligible, organizations must be summer meal sponsors in good standing with their state agencies and be able to implement their idea in summer 2020.

Adult Meals

Many families would like to eat together. But, child nutrition programs like the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) can make it hard for families who rely on these meals to do so. Even though adult meals are not federally reimbursable, we have heard that adult meals could improve the program experience for families and sponsors. Do you have an innovative idea for how summer meals might be different if designed to serve children and adults? Submit a proposal to test your idea!

Activities and Programming

Many summer sites pair meals with activities for kids. That is not new. But, we think there is more to learn about how this work impacts participation and the summer meal experience when sites function as spaces designed to meet the broader needs of low-income families. Do you have an idea for launching or improving programming at a summer site? Submit a proposal to test your idea this summer!

The Test Kitchen

Request for Proposals due Monday, January 20, 2020

Last summer, Share Our Strength/No Kid Hungry tested four ideas that we thought might increase access to summer meals. Experimentation at the local level was not only successful; it also helped identify program improvements and strategies that have the potential to improve user experience nationally. But we’re just getting started.

We’re looking for four more organizations to work with us this summer to test concepts that respond to the following question: How might we ensure that more kids in rural communities have access to food in the summer? View the Request for Proposals.

Selected organizations will meet at an in-person training in April, and receive technical assistance and $10,000 to pilot their idea.

To apply, organizations should submit a proposal that explains the idea they would like to test and how this new strategy or program might ensure that more kids in rural communities receive meals in the summer. Proposals must be submitted to by January 20.

Elevate the Plate Challenge

No Kid Hungry and Kellogg’s are proud to present the Elevate the Plate Challenge, which will go live October 1! Complete the challenge for a chance to win a $5,000 grant to help your school increase its school meals participation. Any school that currently participates in at least one of the following programs is eligible to apply: the National School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Ten winners will be selected. Sign up here to pre-register and to receive a reminder when the Challenge begins!

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.

Get Schools Cooking Grants

Deadline October 28, 2019
Chef Ann Foundation's Get Schools Cooking (GSC) is an intensive 3-year assessment and strategic planning program that provides schools with the operational knowledge to transition from a heat & serve to scratch cook operational model. Learn more here.

Annie's Grants for Gardens

Deadline November 1, 2019
Want to start a garden? Annie's 2019 grants application period is officially open. Learn more here.

Apples4Ed Grants

Deadline January 18, 2020
Apples4Ed supports schools across the country with grant funding to supplement student nutrition and expose students to a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Learn more here.

Cigna Foundation World of Difference Grants in Community Navigation

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.

Salad Bars to Schools

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.

The Dairy Alliance Mini-Grants

The Dairy Alliance (formerly Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, or 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 Health and Wellness Program Manager Cami Lewis at or 678-822-2868.

Action for Healthy Kids

Many schools lack the necessary resources to implement health and wellness practices that help students eat better, stay physically active and be better prepared to learn. Action for Healthy Kids has three grant opportunities to help schools reach their wellness goals that are available at different points throughout the year: School Breakfast Grants, Game On Grants, and Parent-Led Grants. Learn more here.