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.  www.YSA.org/impactschools


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.  http://corporate.voya.com/corporate-responsibility/community-investment/childrens-education/voya-unsung-heroes


Fruit Tree Planting Foundation - Orchard Donations

Rolling Applications - http://www.ftpf.org/resources.htm
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. - http://www.saladbars2schools.org/

Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools

The Chef Ann Foundation has $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 or http://www.thelunchbox.org/programs/webinars/

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