Smart School Lunch promotes MyPlate in the lunchroom. This site is a tribute to the amazing food service staff all across the nation working to promote healthy eating choices for children of all ages.

Support for K-12 Field Trips

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Support for K-12 Field Trips
Target Field Trip Grants
The Target Field Trip Grants program provides funds for K-12 field trips in order to give students throughout the country the opportunity to explore more of the world outside the classroom. Grants of up to $700 each will be awarded to educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff who are employed by accredited K-12 public, private, or charter schools. (Parents, volunteers, after-school programs, pre-K groups, and childcare centers are not eligible to apply.) Types of funded trips include art, science, and cultural museum visits; community service and civic projects; career enrichment opportunities; and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used from January 2015 until the end of the school year to cover trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies. Online applications must be submitted by October 1, 2014. Visit the Target website to learn more about the program.

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Youth Soccer Programs Supported

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Youth Soccer Programs Supported
United States Soccer Foundation
The mission of the United States Soccer Foundation is to enhance, assist, and grow the sport of soccer in the U.S. with a special emphasis on underserved communities. The Foundation’s Annual Grants program supports both soccer programs and field building initiatives in underserved areas nationwide. Eligible applicants include community organizations, schools, municipalities, and other groups that offer soccer opportunities to youth. Program Grants are awarded to purchase uniforms, goals, and training equipment, as well for operational costs. The application deadline for Program Grants is October 1, 2014. Safe Places to Play Grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, and Sport Court. Requests for Safe Places to Play Grants are reviewed three times per year. The upcoming deadline for letters of inquiry is September 24, 2014, with an application deadline of October 1, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the Guide to Grants.

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Support for K-12 School and Community Projects

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Support for K-12 School and Community Projects
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program
The Toolbox for Education Grant Program, offered by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, provides grants of $2,000 to $5,000 to public K-12 schools as well as school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools throughout the U.S. that develop projects to encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or clean up projects. This year the program is seeking ways to provide the tools that help educators and parent groups through these challenging times, with basic necessities taking priority. The fall 2014 application deadline is October 15; however, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, the application process will close. Visit the program’s website to submit an online application.

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Grants Promote Tennis Programs for Children and People with Disabilities

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Grants Promote Tennis Programs for Children and People with Disabilities
USTA Serves
The mission of USTA Serves, the National Charitable Foundation of the United States Tennis Association, is to promote programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education. Grants are provided to tennis programs for underserved youth, ages 5-18, that include an educational component. Support is also available for tennis programs for people with disabilities (all ages) with a life skills component. Nonprofit organizations that are USTA members are eligible to apply. The upcoming application deadline is October 17, 2014. Visit the USTA Serves website to learn more about the grant program and application procedure.

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Grants Promote Youth Running Programs

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Grants Promote Youth Running Programs
Road Runners Club of America: Kids Run the Nation Fund
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is dedicated to supporting the growth of grassroots running clubs, training programs, and running events while promoting the common interests of runners throughout the United States. The Kids Run the Nation Fund, an initiative of the RRCA, supports nonprofit organizations and schools in the U.S. that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of $500 to $1,000 are provided to running clubs and other nonprofit organizations such as parent booster clubs, PTAs, etc. Elementary and middle schools that provide organized after-school running programs are also eligible to apply. Since the goal of the grant program is to have kids running at least once a week for multiple weeks, funded running programs should offer more than just one-time events. The application deadline is October 1, 2014. Visit the RRCA website after August 1, 2014, to submit an online application.

 

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Grants Enhance Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects

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Grants Enhance Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects
Kids in Need Foundation
The Kids in Need Foundation is dedicated to engaging students in the learning process by providing grants towards the purchase of supplies for students to participate in special classroom learning experiences. Kids in Need Teacher Grants help Pre-K-12 educators develop innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide support for classroom teachers who have meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life. Projects qualify for funding if they make creative use of common teaching aids, approach the curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities. Grants of $100 to $500 are awarded each year. The application deadline is September 30, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website after July 15 to submit an online application.

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Healthy Community Initiatives Recognized Nationwide

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Healthy Community Initiatives Recognized Nationwide
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Culture of Health Prize
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships across the United States that are helping people live healthier lives. Up to ten winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. For the purposes of this prize, “a community” is defined as one of the following: town, city, county, tribe or tribal community, or region (such as contiguous towns, cities, or counties). The Phase 1 application deadline is September 17, 2014. Visit the program’s website to download the call for applications.

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Worldwide Support for Children’s Healthcare Projects

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Worldwide Support for Children’s Healthcare Projects
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) supports nonprofit organizations whose programs help improve the health and well being of children throughout the world. RMHC’s Global Grants are provided to stable, efficient U.S-based organizations that are national or global in scope. (Projects that are local in scope are not supported.) The current focus is on sustainable, replicable projects that include a train-the-trainer component in their pursuit of addressing the most pressing issues relating to children’s healthcare. Online applications will be accepted through August 29, 2014. Visit the RMHC website to review the Global Grant guidelines.

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Support for Children’s Oral Health Programs

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Support for Children’s Oral Health Programs
Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), an initiative of the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, is committed to improving the quality of pediatric oral health in the United States. HSHC’s Access to Care Grants support community-based initiatives throughout the country that provide dental care and ultimately serve as a Dental Home to underserved/limited access children. Special consideration will be given to programs supporting the age-one dental visit and providing care to special needs patients. These grants of up to $20,000 require cash or in-kind matching funds equal to the grant request dollar amount. Online letters of intent must be submitted by August 18, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Access to Care Grants guidelines.

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Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs for Native Youth Funded

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Nutrition and Physical Activity Programs for Native Youth Funded
The Notah Begay III Foundation: Promising Program Grants
The Notah Begay III Foundation’s Promising Program Grants initiative will partner with Native communities to support projects that target childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through existing youth focused physical activity or healthy nutrition programs. Preference will be given to organizations from the Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico), the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin), and the Southern Plains (Oklahoma, Texas); however, applications will be accepted from throughout the U.S. Recipients of these grants should be currently implementing programs for youth that increase physical activity and get kids moving while providing a safe place to play, or healthy nutrition programs that can include nutrition education and increasing access to healthy and affordable foods. Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded. U.S. based Native American-controlled nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and Native American community-based groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. The application deadline is July 14, 2014. Visit the Foundation’s website to download the Request for Proposals.

 

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