Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Food, Nutrition and Wellness Grants

Grants by Food, Nutrition and Wellness

The National School Lunch Program Assistance Grant is an opportunity for school food authorities to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals with emphasis on more fruits and vegetables, improvement of food safety and expanded access. For questions, please email FNWgrants@FreshFromFlorida.com.

Grants by Outside Entities

The grants below have been identified by the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness to assist our sponsors in advancing their nutrition and agriculture education efforts in schools. Many of the grants are offered annually so sponsors are encouraged to research or reach out to the grant entities to gather application deadlines and award information.

Food Service Grants
  • USDA Farm to School Grants: Competitive grants are awarded for planning, implementation, support service and training to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools.
  • Project Produce - Chef Ann Foundation: $2,500 grants assist schools in expanding students’ palates, and encouraging increased consumption of and exposure to fresh produce through engagement in lunchroom education activities that encourage students to taste new vegetables and fruits offered either in a dish, cooked or raw.
  • School Food Support Initiative: Providing technical assistance, strategic planning and funding opportunities needed to improve food service operations.
  • Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools: Schools are to use the grants (approximately $2,800 value) to implement salad bars as part of their daily meal programs.
  • Pinnacle Breakfast Building Grant: The program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new program. Individual grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis.
  • USDA Farm to School Implementation and Planning Grants: The USDA Farm to School Grants were created to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. 
  • Golden Carrot Awards: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine administers the Golden Carrot Awards to recognize food service professionals doing an exceptional job of improving the healthfulness of school lunches.
  • Action for Healthy Kids - Nearly 250 schools will receive grant awards of $2,000 or $3,000 to support increased breakfast participation with new alternative breakfast programs, including breakfast in the classroom or grab and go.

Physical Activity and Wellness Grants
  • Food Access Mini Grant [ Adobe PDF Document ]: Funding is provided to establish new farmers markets in underserved areas and/or increase the number of farmers  markets that accept SNAP, WIC and Fresh Access Bucks benefits throughout Florida.
  • The United Fresh Start Foundation (UFSF) Grants: UFSF is looking for creative methods to get fresh produce to children during the summer months, after school, and on the weekends. The deadline to apply is April 20, 2017. 
  • Clif Bar Family Foundation Grants: Small grants are awarded for general organizational support or to fund specific projects that address programs that protect the earth, incorporate healthy foods, increase outdoor activity, build stronger communities and reduce environmental hazards.
  • Kids in the Game GO! Grants: Elementary schools are awarded grant money to spark and sustain physical activity programs that take place before, during or after the school day.
  • Good Sports Equipment Grant: Good Sports provides equipment to promote physical activity in youth organizations.
  • Justin J. Watt Foundation: The Justin J. Watt Foundation mission is to provide after-school athletic opportunities for middle-school-aged children.
  • KaBOOM! Grants: KaBOOM! provides grant opportunities to help communities take steps toward beginning or completing playspace projects.
  • Let's Move! Active Schools: The Let's Move! movement provides grant opportunities for participating schools.
  • Parents for Healthy Kids Grants- Sponsored by ALDI, and designed for parents or parent groups (e.g. PTAs, PTOs, other) to lead school-based physical activity and nutrition initiatives and to engage more parents in student and family health.
  • Health Foundation of South Florida - This funding opportunity will support organizations in the implementation of evidence-based and innovative programs aimed at increasing children’s knowledge and attitudes toward healthy eating, leading to healthier nutrition behavior change.
  • Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood- The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood is intended to be an incubator of promising research and development projects that may ultimately enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age across the country.
America’s Promise Healthy Schools Fund

The America's Promise Healthy Schools Fund will award three to five grants of up to $150,000 each per year for two years (for a total of up to $300,000) to support communities working to create healthier school environments for all children. Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education — housing, employment, transportation, and food access — as well as many audiences, efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change. Learn more.

School Garden Grants
  • Florida Farm Bureau Mini-Grants: The Florida Farm Bureau Women's Leadership Program offers mini-grants to certified Florida educators who are engaged in classroom instruction at the pre-kindergarten to 12th grade levels.
  • Annie's Grants for Gardens: Annie’s offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. 
  • FoodCorps and Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grants: This grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support an edible educational garden on the grounds of a K-12 school. Schools or non-profit organizations working in partnership with a school may apply
  • Lowe's Toolbox for Education: Lowe's 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. 
  • The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant: Third through sixth grade teachers may apply for an indoor or outdoor herb garden grant.
  • Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant: Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants up to $1,000 to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.
  • The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program: The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program provides small grants for youth-centered  efforts to establish and maintain native plant landscape learning environments.
  • Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb Garden Grant: This grant provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for neighborhood beautification, community collaboration and healthy, sustainable food sources. 
  • Bonnie Plants Third Grade Cabbage Program: Bonnie Plants delivers millions of free cabbage plants each year to students in third grade classes throughout the country.
  • Annie's Garden Funder: Annie's Garden Funder provides a way to raise community funds for gardens. 
  • American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Program: This grant is open to nonprofit organizations that provide services, programs and curricula to children and teens who are under 18.
  • The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation Orchard Grant: The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation is an award-winning international charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger.
  • Green Thumb Challenge Grant: Green Education Foundation and Gardener’s Supply Company offer $250 grants to youth garden projects nationwide that submit chronicles of their garden projects.
  • Youth Garden Grant: The Youth Garden Grant provides funds to schools to establish new school and community gardens and assist in sustaining and renewing existing gardens.
  • Scotts Miracle-Gro Grants: Scotts Miracle-Gro is supporting the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces through 2018. 

Nutrition and Agriculture Education Grants
  • Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Hurricane Relief Grant: If your school agriculture program was damaged by Hurricane Irma in September Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is offering a special grant this year to help cover the cost of repairs. There will be 22 $500 grants funded this fall to help cover some of the costs. For more information, guidelines, timelines and online application visit http://faitc.org/hurricane-relief-500-grants/.
  • Florida Association for Water Quality Control (FAWQC) E2 Grant: FAWQC awards grants for environmental projects at Florida schools, civic or community organizations and awards prizes at Florida science fairs. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2017.
  • Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Volunteer Grant: Grant opportunity for agricultural nonprofit organizations based in Florida that are interested in educating Florida students about Florida agriculture.
  • Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Teacher Grant: The grant is open to general education and agri-science teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade who want to use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas.
  • White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants: These grants from the American Farm Bureau Foundation support agriculture literacy in classrooms.
  • Captain Planet Foundation Grants: The Captain Planet Foundation offers grants to support learning on environmental themes in classrooms.
  • Target K-12 Outdoor Classroom Field Trip Grants: Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at up to $700. 
  • Toshiba Grants for K-5: Toshiba offers grants to help teachers improve math and science concepts in the classroom.
  • Samsung Solve for Tomorrow: Samsung awards grants to increase technology in schools to support STEM curriculum.
  • Lexus Eco Challenge: In the Lexus Eco Challenge, student teams tackle environmental issues related to land, water, air and climate, and create practical solutions.