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Mini-grants available to Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield schools

February 5, 2013

The Greater Richmond Coalition for Healthy Children (GRCHC) is excited to announce the 2013 Healthy School Food Environment Grant program.

Purpose:The goal of the Healthy School Food Environment Grant program is to support new projects or sustain existing initiatives that will encourage healthy food options in the school environment and to provide support to school staff and parents as they create and sustain a School Wellness Committee. In addition, the GRCHC desires to fund programs that are best practices related to the school food environment.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Trust define the school food environment as "the school setting for students’ dietary intake, including when and where children obtain food and the types of options that are available. This environment consists of foods and beverages in school meals—including the breakfast and lunch programs, fund-raisers, hallway and lunchroom vending machines, lunchroom a la carte lines, snack and other food carts, and school stores. The environment also includes food items that are not for sale, such as classroom party foods, treats, and student rewards."

Eligibility: The grant program is open to public and private schools that serve students in middle school or high school. Funds may be used for projects operating before, during or after the regular school day. The school principal and PTA president must approve the application prior to submittal. Schools must be located in the following jurisdictions to be eligible: Chesterfield, Henrico or Richmond. A grant will be awarded to one middle or high school in each locality for a total of three grants awarded at $1,000 each.

Deadline: The deadline for submission is Friday, March 15. Please submit your application by email (as a Word document or PDF) to Lee Taylor-Penn, GRCHC Coordinator, at . All first-round applicants will be subject to a site visit between April 1 and April 30. The award announcement will be made by May 15 and funding will be distributed prior to the first day of the 2013-2014 school year.

Program: Each school will be given $1,000 to implement a project that encourages healthy eating and/or healthy food options in the school food environment. Each project must include at least one best practice strategy from the list provided. In order to sustain the project, schools are highly encouraged to seek matching funding for their program.

For more details, download the PDF application.