The purpose of this grant is for State agencies to expand and enhance their training programs that incorporate and implement the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA Foods in meals served under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
States must apply Team Nutrition’s three behavior-focused strategies in their proposals:
- Provide training and technical assistance to child nutrition foodservice professionals to enable them to prepare and serve nutritious meals that appeal to children.
- 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.
Critical Dates: April 12, 2013
Intent to Submit an Application is due to FNS (see Attachment A): June 5, 2013
Applications are due to FNS: Sept. 2013
Team Nutrition (TN) Training Grants will be awarded
Who May Apply: State agencies that administer the NSLP and/or the CACFP may apply.
Novice States: Novice States are those that have not received TN Training Grants for the past 3 fiscal years. Applications from novice states will receive an additional 5 points for competitive grants.
Funding and Duration: Up to $5.5 million is anticipated in Fiscal Year 2013 for TN Training Grants.
Approximately $1.5 million will be set aside to provide non-competitive grants (up to $50,000) to State agencies that did not receive a non-competitive grant for FY 2012 and that commit to specific strategies to increase the number of HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) applications submitted for approval. State agencies that received a non- competitive grant in FY 2012 are not eligible to apply again for a FY 2013 non-competitive grant. Up to $350,000 may be requested through a competitive grants process.
Up to $350,000 may be requested per State agency to include both competitive and non-competitive grants. For example, a State may apply for a $50,000 non-competitive grant, but they would then only be eligible to apply for up to $300,000 in competitive funding; the maximum amount a State may request is $350,000. The submission of an application for a non-competitive grant guarantees funding, provided the application meets all the required criteria.
The submission of an application for a competitive grant does NOT guarantee funding for a competitive grant. Both competitive and non-competitive TN Training Grants will be funded for the period of Sept. 30, 2013- Sept. 30, 2015. Funding for approved TN Training Grants will be provided through the Grant Award/Letter of Credit process, in the same manner as other Federal funds, upon receipt of a properly executed Federal-State TN Training Grant Agreement and subject to availability of funding. All TN Training Grant funds must be obligated and all activities under the TN Training Grant must be completed by Sept. 30, 2014.