Upcoming Grants that may be of interest: *MLK Beloved Community Impact
School Grants*

*YSA and State Farm *are looking for school administrators who want to
create a culture of meaningful and purposeful learning in their school or
school district. We will select 20 U.S. K-12 public schools to be
recognized as Good Neighbor Impact Schools. Each school or school district
selected will receive a grant of up to $5,000 to support their efforts to
increase student engagement through service during the 2016-2017 academic
year. Grantees will also be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional grant
funding through the MLK Beloved Community Impact School grant program to
support student-led service projects on or around MLK Day of Service
2017. *Deadline:  May
6, 2016.  ***

*Voya Unsung Heroes Awards

The Voya Unsung Heroes Awards Program provides educators nationwide with
grants to help fund their innovative class projects. Full-time educators,
teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and classified staff with
effective projects that improve student learning are eligible to apply.
Applicants must work at an accredited K-12 public or private school located
in the United States. The 100 finalists each receive an award of $2,000. At
least one award will be granted in each of the 50 United States, provided
one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the 100
finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards of
$5,000, $10,000, and $25,000. All awards must be used to further the
projects within the school or school system.   Applications must be
submitted online by April 30, 2016.

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation - Orchard Donations

Rolling Applications -
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s “Fruit Tree 101” program creates
outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels, across
the country, to provide generations of students with environmental
education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school
lunch nutrition.

Salad Bars to Schools

Rolling Applications -
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage
stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars
in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools
across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and
vegetables every day at school. Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools is an
initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation
National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance
United Fresh Produce Association Foundation
andWhole Foods Market
to support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move!
initiative. The goal of the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools program is to
fund and award 6000 salad bars over the next three years. -

*Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools* The Chef Ann
$250,000 available to support school lunchroom learning programs. Project
Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools is a grant program designed to
help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create
experiential nutrition education when and where students make their food
choices: in the cafeteria. The $2,500 one-year grants support food costs to
incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school's
nutrition program. Any district or independent school participating in the
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is eligible to apply. Grants will be
determined on an ongoing basis depending on available funding; there is no
application deadline. Learn more here
An information webinar about applying for the grants will be offered on
Wednesday, April 27 from 4-5pm ET. Register here

Melissa Riley
Central Region Ag Education
Horticulture Teacher
1005 State University Drive,  Box 4060
Fort Valley, GA 31030
office - 478-825-6067
cell - 478-973-4071