According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 1 out of every 3 adults and 1 out of every 5 school-aged children in the U.S. is obese (“Adult Obesity Facts” and “Childhood Obesity Facts”).
Given these alarming statistics and the well-known variety of health issues associated with obesity, there’s an obvious need to combat U.S. obesity rates. But what is the best way to do so?
Initiatives to increase physical activity are one obvious and important option. Wise food intake is another main approach to help reduce American obesity and health issues. Here we present programs to improve the nutrition of U.S. citizens in the fight against obesity. These grant opportunities fund community, non-profit, and school nutrition education programs.
Conagra Brands Foundation: Community Grants
The Conagra Brands Foundation offers grants to community-based nonprofits that provide nutrition education programs, with a funding priority for high-impact initiatives in communities where Conagra does business. Grants range from $10,000 to $75,000, and 10-15 grants are funded each year. Letters of Intent (LOIs) are accepted annually between November 1st and April 30th.
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR): Nutrition Education Grants
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) within the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service Department annually accepts Nutrition Education Grant applications from Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and State agencies (SAs) that are current FDPIR allowance holders. These grants may be used to provide both nutrition information and services, including nutrition education programs. Grant awards are for a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $200,000. The grant application period usually opens March 1st and closes May 1st.
Newman's Own Foundation
In keeping with their own health-focused food products, one of the Newman’s Own Foundation’s four areas of grantmaking focus is nutrition. More specifically, the Foundation funds non-profit organizations for nutrition education programs and fresh-food access initiatives in underprivileged communities. In 2017, Newman’s Own Foundation awarded a total of $4 million in Nutrition grants to 40 different non-profit schools and community organizations. Grant inquiries and applications are by invitation only, and the foundation does not accept unsolicited requests. See how to get noticed by these types of foundations in our previous blog.
Action for Healthy Kids: "Game On" Grants
Since 2009, Action for Healthy Kids and its partners have awarded $6.6 million to schools whose programs promote active lifestyles and healthy eating for the children they educate each day. The “Game On” grant supports any program that improves nutrition opportunities through nutrition education programs that contain both a nutrition and physical activity component. The “Game On” grants program awards grants of $500 to $1,000 each year to up to 610 schools. Grant applications for the 2018-2019 school year are due this Friday, April 6th. Given this deadline, consider including this opportunity in your grant proposal plan for next year.
For information on additional food and nutrition education grants, visit our Food and Nutrition Education page.
Whether you need help finding funding for your nutrition education program or writing a proposal for a grant you’ve already identified, The Grant Helpers are here to help. We can assist no matter where you are on your grant-seeking journey. Contact us today for a free consultation to get started.
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CDC Adult Obesity Facts: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html.
CDC Childhood Obesity Facts: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html