Grants

Funding Opportunities

This fall, the No Kid Hungry Indiana Campaign is offering a school nutrition grant opportunity to enable districts and schools to maximize the child nutrition programs and other emergency food programs to ensure children and families have access to healthy meals at school and at home.

No Kid Hungry knows that school districts play an essential role in ensuring student receive nutritious meals to learn, grow, and thrive to their full potential. These flexible grants will allow school districts across the state to respond to the growing needs and emerging opportunities to provide meals and resources to kids and families.

As school districts face significant challenges maintaining and expanding meal programs in this uncertain environment, funds are intended to support school districts in having the adaptability to meet the changing needs of students and families. We can help you cover the following expenses:

  • Meal service supplies and equipment needed to implement new models for serving breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals and snacks including: grab and go carts, insulated coolers/warmers, packaging equipment and supplies, refrigerators, and retrofitting existing equipment to meet new needs
  • Costs of hiring additional staff positions or increasing hours for existing staff to meet increased demand as a result of COVID-19 or provide additional services like meal delivery
  • Transportation costs associated with meal delivery such as refrigerated trucks or fuel
  • New costs associated with COVID-19 preparedness like no-touch point of service machines, hand washing stations, PPE equipment and cleaning supplies
  • Non-reimbursable food costs for school food pantries, backpack programs or adult meals
  • Program outreach, enrollment assistance and marketing costs (including promoting SNAP, WIC and Pandemic-EBT programs and supporting enrollment)
  • Additional expenses as needed

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified no more than four weeks after submission date

Learn more about this funding opportunity here and apply: CLICK HERE

ELIGIBILITY PRIORITIES:

Equity Priority:

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated long-standing systemic health, social and economic inequities, disproportionately impacting racial and ethnic minority groups. To ensure we are supporting individuals and communities most impacted, we will prioritize grant funds to school districts serving majority minority communities, including immigrant populations. We will also provide funds to rural communities where schools face unique challenges in addressing hunger.

Economic and COVID-19 Impact:

Grant funds wi l l also be provided to communities experiencing economic hardship and having existing or increasingly high COVID-19 infection rates. In determining economic impact, No Kid Hungry will review data points to include: free and reduced eligible students, unemployment rates, child food insecurity rates, and the social vulnerability index score[1].

Ability to Serve Kids Today and in the Future:

Taking into consideration equity, economic hardship and COVID-19 impact factors, funds will be prioritized to support school districts with a strong and sustainable plan for maximizing participation in the child nutrition programs and/or leveraging other programs to combat food insecurity such as emergency food programs and student and family outreach and enrollment. Applications should address both the immediate need for supporting students and alleviating hunger as well address long-term sustainability of programming.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants will be required to provide the following information:

  • District Food Service Director and Superintendent contact information
  • Historic district-wide enrollment and school meals participation for breakfast, lunch, and afterschool meals and snack from October 2019 and SY19-20
  • Information about your current and planned food and nutrition programs for SY20-21
  • Detailed description of grant funding program objectives
  • Detailed budget of anticipated use of funding

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Log into or create an account for the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal at https://nokidhungrygrants.force.com/
  • To create a new account, click “New User”.
  • To begin your application after you have logged into the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal, click “Start a New Application” on your Grantee Dashboard located on the top left corner of your home page, below the No Kid Hungry logo.
  • Input the following access code to gain access to the application: SchoolNutrition2021. Click “Start Application” to begin.
  • Be sure to input all required answers and save frequently as you are inputting information. Complete the application when all information is entered by clicking on “Review Your Answers” and then “Submit Your Answer.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Send us an email at grantshelpdesk@strength.org and we’ll be able to assist you:

  • If you’re having trouble connecting to the portal with your username and password.
  • If you’ve encountered technical difficulties with online registration, login, or application access.
  • If you have questions about the application questions or application process.

Want to take a closer look at the request for proposal? CLICK HERE

We are available and eager to help. To talk more about the challenges facing your community and your technical assistance needs during the crisis, please contact Tarrah Westercamp at twestercamp@strength.org

Previously Granted:

No Kid Hungry is proud to have supported the following school districts across Indiana to date:

  • Middlebury Community Schools
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Bartholomew Consolidated Schools
  • Plainfield Community School Corporation
  • Beech Grove City Schools
  • New Castle Community School Corporation
  • MSD of Warren County
  • Fayette County School Corporation
  • Loogootee Community School Corporation
  • Bloomfield School District
  • Blue River Valley Schools
  • Paramount School of Excellence
  • South Henry School Corporation
  • Martin Luther King Community Center Indianapolis Inc
  • Marian Community Schools
  • Warsaw Community Schools
  • Indy Parks and Recreation
  • School City of Hammond
  • Greater Clark County Schools
  • Carroll Consolidated Schools
  • Crawfordsville Community Schools
  • Greensburg Community Schools
  • Shelby Eastern Schools
  • Lake Ridge Schools
  • Tell City-Troy Township School
  • School City of East Chicago
  • MSD Lafayette
  • MSD Pike Township
  • MSD Lawrence Township
  • St. Rose of Lima Catholic School District
  • Brownsburg Community School
  • Lutheran Southern Unity School
  • Crawford County Community Schools
  • South Bend Community School Corporation
  • Clark Road Genesis Family Center
  • Shoals Community School Corporation
  • The Patachou Foundation

Additional Funding Opportunities

NEW! CARES Act Funding Requests: 

Schools can apply/receive funds from the CARES Act that were awarded to state and local governments (CRF Funds) to pay for pandemic-related, unbudgeted costs (such as costs for remote learning), even though these same costs are eligible under other CARES funding streams, such as ESSER/GEER. Additional details can be found here.

GenYouth Grants:

GENYOUth is providing grants of up to $3,000 per school to supply much-needed resources for meal distribution and delivery efforts to get food to students during COVID-19. From soft-sided coolers, bags and containers for individual servings, to protective gear for food service sanitation and safety, this equipment will help ensure our children continue to receive the nutritious meals they need. Learn more about this funding opportunity here.

2020 National School Lunch Equipment Grant:

The State Agency has been awarded a new Equipment Grant for 2020. Selection criteria factors may be considered, but are not limited to the following:

  • Age of food service equipment or lack of appropriate items
  • The availability of existing State and local funding for equipment purchases
  • Strategies for adopting lunchroom changes that provide more convenience and appeal to the student
  • Opportunities to realize meaningful impacts on nutrition and quality of meals

Learn more about this opportunity here.