If you are a State agency committed to serving the most nutritious meals and providing the best Nutrition Education in schools and child care facilities in your state, then the Team Nutrition (TN) Training Grant will help take your activities to the next level. The TN Training Grants offer funding to State agencies to support training programs that focus on implementation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are evidence-based recommendations that promote improved nutrition and physical activity, and USDA Foods, which makes up approximately 15 to 20 percent of the foods served in each school lunch and have high nutritional standards.
Applicants must apply Team Nutrition's three behavior-focused strategies in their proposals:
- Provide training and tECHnical assistance to school nutrition food service professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to students.
- Provide fun and interactive Nutrition Education for children, teachers, parents and other caregivers.
- Build school and community support for creating healthy school environments that are conducive to healthy eating and physical activity.
D.C. schools are using their 2011 Team Nutriton Grant to introduce more garden-based curriculum into their classes.
Here are two examples of Team Nutrition grants awarded in 2011 to the District of Columbia and Georgia. The District of Columbia is using their grant to provide Nutrition Education and training to teachers, school food service professionals, and students at 24 middle schools. Professional development will also be provided to teachers to help them integrate fun, interactive garden-based Nutrition Education into math, science, social studies, and language arts curricula.
In Georgia, the grant is being used to provide training and tECHnical assistance to Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers to assist them in developing wellness policies in their childcare centers. Afterwards, the centers can apply for mini-grant funds to support the implementation of their wellness policies. In 2011, 28 states and the District of Columbia received Team Nutrition grants. Click here to read a summary of their grants.
Up to $5.5 million is anticipated for 2012 for TN Training Grants. Approximately $1.5 million will be set aside to provide non-competitive grants (up to $50,000) to every State agency that did not receive a non-competitive grant in FY2011. These non-competitive grants require grantees to focus on specific strategies to increase the number of HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) applications submitted for approval. Both competitive and non-competitive TN Training Grants will be funded for two years from September 30, 2012 - September 30, 2014.
The critical dates for submitting your 2012 TN Training Grant application are:
March 15, 2012 - Intent to Submit an Application due to FNS
(click here for letter of intent form)
April 27, 2012 - Applications are due to FNS