It’s that time of year again for the ConAgra Foods Foundation Community Impact Grants Program (CIG). There are some similarities to last time but if you didn't qualify last year, might now! Some of the geographic requirements have changed.
How does a grant in the amount of $35,000 sound?
Pretty good, I bet. This is the average grant that the CIG intends to fund. The grant can, however, range from $10,000 to $75,000. (Last year the average was $25,000).
How might you, the Food Program Sponsor, be eligible for this grant?
- You are a 501(c)3 that works with a Federal Nutrition Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program;
- You want to recruit centers and family child care providers onto your CACFP program so that these child care environments can serve nutritional meals to underprivileged children;
- You want to teach your community about the CACFP and its benefits to children and the community at large. For example: Parent outreach. Getting the word out to parents about the positive impact choosing a center or child care provider that participates on the child care food program;
- You saw a program or resource you want to implement on the State Sharing Center from Team Nutrition but you don’t have access to any funds to modify it for your community or state regulations;
- You want to create nutritional educational information for parents and providers. Is there a nutrition education initiative that you wanted to get off the ground but do not have the funding for? This might be your chance;
- You are a multi-source agency trying to implement a breakfast program, planning for your Summer Food Service Program, starting to sponsor centers on the food program (increasing enrollment and ongoing participation);
- The possibilities are endless, this grant is perfect for Food Program sponsors!
You must be in a certain state and have 22% or greater of child food insecurity rates. Last year was 25%, maybe you qualify this year.
“ConAgra Foods Foundation will accept applications for Community Impact Grants for organizations working in states withboth 22 percent and greater child food insecurity rates, according to Feeding America’s Map to the Meal Gap, and states where ConAgra Foods has a large employee presence. Those states include: AR, CA, CO, GA, ID, IL, IN, LA, MI, MO, OH, OR, TN and WA." 2013 Community Impact Grants Program Overview.pdf
Additional Eligibility Guidelines
There are additional guidelines other than what is laid out in this post.
January 7 - 28th
Fill out your eligibility survey and send in your Letter of Intent during this period to kick off your application process.
January 7th through the 28th is the period to submit your Letter of Intent (LOI). Your LOI and will give the foundation an opportunity to get an understanding of what you intend to do with the grant and how it aligns with their goals and priorities. There is also an eligibility survey to fill out.
Get more application and eligibility requirements and details here. The website is http://www.conagrafoods.com/our-company/our-commitment/foundation.
Grant Period: June 2013–May 2014
LOI Submission Period: January 7–28, 2013
Notification of Promotion to RFP: February 26, 2013
Full Application Submission Period: February 26–March 15, 2013
Award Notification: April 12, 2013
Award Acceptance Deadline: April 19, 2013
I leave you with this...You won't know until you try!
Just Do It. -Nike Wisdom
If your state isn't eligible, help you your fellow sponsors and tell them what you would do with these funds in the comments below. Get talking.