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Child Nutrition


Child Nutrition Services administers a variety of grant opportunities throughout the year. Those new to writing a grant are encouraged to review the Grant Writing tip sheet and the new Grant Writing Tips Webinar to learn how to submit the best possible proposal.

All grants offered through Child Nutrition are submitted in iGrants. A brief introduction to iGrants is provided here: Using the iGrants System for CNS Grants

NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants - Applications accepted in the fall
Washington State receives funds as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Equipment Assistance Grants. These funds will allow local education agencies (LEAs) to purchase equipment to serve healthier meals that meet the updated meal patterns, with emphasis on serving more fruits and vegetables in school meals, including items purchased locally, improving food safety, and expanding access. Funds must be focused on equipment that improves the quality of school meals. In addition, they may be focused on equipment that improves the safety of food served, improves the overall efficiency of school food service operations, and improves or expands participation in the NSLP or School Breakfast Program (SBP).

  • 2017-18 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grants – Awarded March 20, 2018. Schools have until September 30, 2019 to fully expend their award amounts. Schools that have completed their purchases are encouraged to release unliquidated award balances to OSPI CNS. We can then reallocate these amounts to the next available school on the competitive list.
  • History of NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant Awardees

Breakfast Meals for Kids Grants - Applications accepted in the fall
The Washington State Legislature provides funds for annual competitive grants available to public school districts to: start a breakfast program, increase participation in an established breakfast program, or implement an alternative breakfast delivery model such as breakfast in the classroom.

Summer Meals for Kids Grants (Form Package 412):
The Washington State Legislature provides funds to assist Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors in starting new summer meal programs, increasing participation, improving meal quality or improving equipment or small supplies used in the program.

  • 2017-18 SFSP Meals for Kids Grants - Awarded beginning April 30, 2018. Sponsors have until June 30, 2018 to fully expend their award amounts. Sponsors must submit all supporting expenditure documentation to OSPI Child Nutrition Services by July 31, 2018 in order to receive reimbursement.
  • History of Summer Meals for Kids Grants Awardees

Drinking Water Fixture Replacement Grant
The Legislature has appropriated a maximum of $1 million dollars in the 2017-2019 capital budget for OSPI to administer a grant program to help fund the replacement of drinking water fixtures that are contributing to high levels of lead in school drinking water across the state. For grant information.

  • IGrants application opens - May 29, 2018
  • Round 1 application due date - June 19, 2018 by 4pm
  • Round 2 application due date - July 31, 2018 by 4pm
  • Round 3 application due date - December 20, 2018 by 4pm

Other Organizations offering Grants for Child Nutrition Programs

Grant writing resources


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   Updated 8/10/2018

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