John T. Woods Innovation Fund

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Grant Description

The John T. Woods Innovation Fund supports school districts in piloting innovative strategies to increase participation in and access to meals served through child nutrition programs. Founded in memory of John T. Woods, co-founder of Full Plates Full Potential who always believed that child hunger in Maine is a solvable issue, this one-time funding opportunity is designed to support bold pilot projects looking to make a lasting impact in their communities.

As a chance for applicants to dream big and think outside of the box, this grant will fund larger investments ranging from $15,000-$30,000 per grantee. The process for this grant opportunity will be more competitive and will require significant engagement and collaboration from grantees throughout the grant period.

Strong proposals will present creative solutions to increase access to and participation in child nutrition programs. We value equity and collaboration and will prioritize proposals that incorporate diverse voices and ideas, especially those of students, families, and traditionally marginalized communities.

Eligibility Information

  • This grant opportunity is open to school districts and organizations operating, or working in collaboration with, USDA-funded nutrition programs, such as SSO, NSLP, SBP, CACFP At-Risk & SFSP
  • Only one application per school administration unit or organization

Learn more about Initial Proposal Summary Criteria and our general grant application criteria.

 

KEY DATES

Grant Portal Opens for Initial Proposal Summary Submissions September 27, 2021
Info Session October 1, 2021
Initial Proposal Summaries Due – deadline extended November 8, 2021
Second Round (Semi-Finalist) Announced & Invited to Submit Application November 17, 2021
Second Round (Semi-Finalist) Application Closes December 8, 2021
Finalists Announced December 23, 2021
Finalists Present to Grant Committee January 3-7, 2022
Grantees Announced January 14, 2022

 

 

Grants range from
$15,000 - $30,000

For the following:

  • Funding expansion costs for new or existing sites, such as startup planning and labor, equipment, implementation of new meal service models, etc
  • Sustainably addressing quality and composition of meals, including increasing procurement and use of local food
  • Ensuring all students have access to meals and enough time to eat during the school day
  • Implementing creative solutions to ensure school meal applications are completed and to increase participation in school meals
  • Addressing a barrier unique to the district and its community

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