Friday, January 25, 2013

Upcoming Grant Opportunities

NRPA Grant Available for Community Gardens
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Darden Restaurants Foundation have partnered to make grants available for community gardens that benefit low-income families. Grants will range from $2,500 to $7,500 and may be used to build or expand community gardens that result in the donation of fresh produce. If you're looking to start a community garden or expand a current garden, apply now and help give fresh food to those in need. To learn more click here.

Literacy grant open to Texas public school libraries
AUSTIN – The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation will award seven literacy grants of $1,500 to Texas public schools during the 2012-13 school year, up from five grants awarded the previous school year. The foundation has also increased the amount of the literacy grant from $1,000 to $1,500.

The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) Foundation will award seven literacy grants of $1,500 to Texas public schools during the 2012-13 school year. Grant funds can be used to update school library literacy materials and resources including books, e-books, audio books, newspaper/magazine subscriptions, computer software and online databases. The deadline to apply for the grant is Feb. 1. To learn more about the literacy grant and to download the application, visit

The ATPE Foundation was established by the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), the state’s leading educators’ association and the largest independent association for public school educators in the nation.

Educators interested in applying for the grant on behalf of their school do not have to be members of ATPE to apply.

To learn more about the literacy grant and to download the application, visit

Sharing the Dream
Grants for pre-K-8 school projects that create global classrooms where children—and families—can safely connect, exchange ideas and learn together. 

Sharing the Dream, a grant program of The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and MetLife Foundation, encourages principals to “go global” by providing $5,000 grants for innovative projects that engage parents and communities, and create globally oriented schools that foster students’ intercultural understanding and preparation as world citizens.
Now is the time for interested elementary and middle school principals to begin thinking about and planning projects they can submit for funding in 2013-2014. Proposals will be accepted in late-May 2013.
Proposed projects must:
·        Include a global-engagement component
  • Encourage parents to become meaningfully involved in schools and their children's learning
 Twenty-five grants are awarded annually in the fall to K-8 schools in the U.S. and its territories.
For information and to sign up to receive information about the 2013-2014 program and deadline as it becomes available see

All about the Fruits and Veggies Grant Program

SOURCE: Jamba Juice

$ AVAILABLE: The All About the Fruits and Veggies grant program will provide youth garden initiatives with $500 in gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments, and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences.

ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to schools, community organizations, and nonprofit gardening programs with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Schools must be located within a 50-mile radius of a Jamba Juice store.

PURPOSE: In celebration of the National Gardening Association's fortieth anniversary, Jamba Juice has announced that it will award grants to forty youth and school garden programs in the United States.

CONTACT: For questions, call (800) 538-7476. For more information see

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Congratulations Allison Elementary ! HEB Healthy Campus 2013

H-E-B Announces 2013 Excellence in Education “Healthy Campus” Grant Recipients
A dozen campuses to receive $180,000 in grants

(SAN ANTONIO) — H-E-B today announced 12 recipients of its $15,000 “Healthy Campus” grants, part of H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program.

For more than a decade, H-E-B has rewarded teachers, principals, superintendents and campuses for outstanding leadership and teaching through Excellence in Education. Two years ago, H-E-B added a new category to recognize campuses interested in improving the health and wellness of their school community.

This year’s 12 Healthy Campus winners will receive a three-year, $15,000 grant, to be used to enhance existing health and fitness programs or start new ones.

These schools drew up a robust plan for actively promoting H-E-B’s three pillars of health — food, body and life. Examples include a school-wide healthy eating challenge, lunchbox audits and “nutrition interventions” for students with poor eating habits, walk-a-thons and physical activity zones, planting a school vegetable garden, and abandoning cookie dough as a fundraiser in favor of granola or trail mix. 

Recipients were selected by a panel of fitness and nutrition experts from The Oliver Foundation, ACTIVE Life, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The 2013 “Healthy Campus” grant recipients are:

Hemphill Elementary — Hays Independent School District, Kyle
Allison Elementary — Austin Independent School District, Austin
Glover Elementary — Fort Bend Independent School District, Missouri City
Edgewood Elementary — Spring Branch Independent School District, Houston
Atkinson Elementary — Pasadena Independent School District, Houston
Robb Elementary — Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, Uvalde
St. Mary’s Catholic School — Brownsville
Lyford High School — Lyford Consolidated Independent School District, Lyford
IDEA Quest — IDEA Public Schools, McAllen
Tuscany Heights Elementary — North East Independent School District, San Antonio 
Indian Springs Elementary — Comal Independent School District, San Antonio
James and Margie Marion Elementary – Allen Independent School District, Allen

About the H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards

H-E-B launched the Excellence in Education Awards program in cooperation with the Texas Association of School Administrators in 2002 as a positive way to support public education in Texas.

With Excellence in Education, H-E-B shines a spotlight on the great things going on in Texas public schools, rewarding best practices and celebrating the passion and commitment of Texas educators.

Since its inception, H-E-B has given nearly $6 million to educators, schools, early childhood providers and districts across the state. This is the largest monetary awards program for educators in Texas and one of the largest in the nation.

Founded with a mission to recognize great teaching and leadership, the program has since grown to support schools’ efforts to improve nutrition and wellness, as well as early childhood providers’ efforts to prepare children to enter school socially and academically ready to learn.

About H-E-B
Renowned for its innovation and community service, H-E-B, with sales of more than $18 billion, operates 337 stores in Texas and Mexico. The company is recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability. It strives to provide the best customer experience at everyday low prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs more than 80,000 Partners and serves millions of customers in more than 150 communities. For more information, visit