Grant Opportunities

 

A Healthy Start to Life Initiative Open

Please click here to download the application form and e-mail a full-set of application materials to grants@hungerimpactpartners.org.

The participation of eligible Minnesotans in WIC ranks the third highest in the country, but many eligible recipients drop from the supplemental nutrition program before their children reach age five. The biggest drop-off occurs when children are between the ages of 12 months to 17 months.  WIC parents often cite multiple reasons for leaving WIC, including transportation and other logistical hurdles, perceived stigma for participants and complex transactions at grocery check-outs.

Pilot grants totaling $40,000 will be awarded to WIC clinics in the Twin Cities metro area to fund incentives to increase the retention of WIC participation for children 12 months and older.  The WIC Retention Program:

  • Will award grants to four to eight WIC clinics in the Twin Cities metro area, preferably in:  1) north Minneapolis  2) St. Paul  3) suburb  4) Anoka County.
  • Will require grants to be used for bus tokens or other transportation subsidies, gift cards or other incentives appropriate for clinic clientele (diapers, etc.) and clinic administration fees. The sum of each grant will be based on the size of the clinic’s population of children 12 months and older.
  • Will run in six-month pilots, initially starting with these grants. There will be rolling opportunities for other clinics to apply for grants.
  • Will work with Hunger Impact Partners to develop a plan to evaluate the program’s impact.

Grants will be evaluated based on these criteria:

  • Clinic location per geographic targets
  • Clinic’s population of children 12 months and older
  • Willingness of clinic staff to pilot initiatives and work with Hunger Impact Partners to test new ideas to increase WIC retention.

We are interested in helping other organizations with large WIC participants. Please contact wtai@hungerimpactpartners.org for possible WIC retention grant opportunities.  

 

Not-In-School-Time Meals Challenge Open

Please click here to download the application form and e-mail a full-set of application materials to grants@hungerimpactpartners.org.

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program that supports child care and after school programs. In Minnesota, CACFP is significantly under-utilized. According to data from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Education there are 434 child care centers who are eligible to participate but who are not yet enrolled in CACFP. In addition, 430 after-school youth programs sites could expand meal offerings to include a supper meal.

We have identified three initial not-in-school-time opportunities to feed hungry children:

  • Increase enrollment of licensed child care centers in CACFP
  • Increase enrollment by youth programs in CACFP At-Risk Meal Program
  • Transition school sites currently offering snacks through the School Nutrition Program (SNP) to CACFP At-Risk suppers

Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 will be awarded to Multi-Site Child Care Center Sponsors, Multi-Site After-School Program Sponsors, and potential sponsors to expand the number of children who receive nutritious meals through the CACFP program.

Grants will be evaluated based on these criteria:

  • Approved CACFP sponsor
  • Ability to become a CACFP sponsor
  • Site located in area eligible location
  • Number of children to be served
  • Number of days of operation
  • Ability to pilot new strategies to increase the number of CACFP At-Risk meals
  • Child Nutrition Index Data

Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to lstone@hungerimpactpartners.org.

* Only for proposals being submitted to Hunger Impact Partners: Please fill out the request form and email it to ensearch1@aol.com regarding Hunger Impact Partners’ Child Nutrition Index Data. 

 

School Breakfast Challenge Open 

Please click here to download the application form and e-mail a full-set of application materials to grants@hungerimpactpartners.org.

Low-income Minnesota children miss 29 million school breakfasts annually. Low utilization of free and reduced price meals from the Minnesota School Breakfast Program is widespread across school districts. Overall usage is only 40%. Two recent research studies, by Deloitte/No Kid Hungry and the National Dairy Council, demonstrate that children who start their day with a nutritious school breakfast have a better attendance record, higher math test scores, and improved graduation rates. Surveys of school teachers by No Kid Hungry also overwhelmingly show that school breakfast works to keep kids focused, behaved, and learning. The School Breakfast Challenge is part of Hunger Impart Partner’s Hunger-Free KIDS fund.

School Breakfast Challenge provides funding to schools and school districts to increase their school breakfast meals served to free-and reduced-price (F/R) eligible children.

Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be awarded to launch, and/or expand school breakfast participation through existing delivery system or by utilizing new successful models that make it easier for children to access school breakfast. These alternative models include Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n’ Go, and 2nd Chance Breakfast.

Grants will be evaluated based on these criteria:

  • Opportunities for testing alternative serving models
  • Size of F/R eligible population
  • Capacity for expansion
  • Desire to promote school breakfast within student population
  • Leadership support of school and school district administrators
  • Child Nutrition Index Data

Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to lstone@hungerimpactpartners.org.

* Only for proposals being submitted to Hunger Impact Partners: Please fill out the request form and email it to ensearch1@aol.com regarding Hunger Impact Partners’ Child Nutrition Index Data. 

 

Summer Meals Initiative Open

Please click here to download the application form and e-mail a full-set of application materials to grants@hungerimpactpartners.org.

Federal nutrition programs provide children from low-income families free, nutritious meals to help them learn, play and grow in the summer when they are out of school. There are three child nutrition summer feeding offerings: Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), the Seamless Summer Option, and schools that operate year-round can continue to provide meals through the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program (NSLP/SBP).

The summer meals programs are an important link in maintaining the health and well-being of Minnesota’s food insecure children. Lack of nutrition during the summer months may set up a cycle for poor academic performance once school begins.

In Minnesota, between 2000 and 2015 summer programs doubled the number of meals served to children – growing from 3 million in 2000 to 6 million in 2015. However, Minnesota ranks 23rd out of 50 states in ensuring that children have adequate summer nutrition.

Hunger Impact Partners, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education, will support opportunities to increase participation in SFSP and the Seamless Summer Option. Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 will be awarded.

Grants will be evaluated based on these criteria:

  • Approved SFSP sponsor
  • Organization seeking approval to become SFSP sponsor
  • Site located in area eligible location
  • Number of children to be served
  • Number of meals served per day
  • Number of days of operation
  • Ability to pilot new strategies to increase summer meal program participation
  • Child Nutrition Index Data

Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to lswift@hungerimpactpartners.org.

* Only for proposals being submitted to Hunger Impact Partners: Please fill out the request form and email it to ensearch1@aol.com regarding Hunger Impact Partners’ Child Nutrition Index Data.