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Nebraska Thursdays

Apply today for Nebraska Thursdays Mini-Grants!

Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019 (11:59 pm MST).

Note: Grant proposals must be submitted online. Please complete each section of the application entirely.
Use the printable version of this application to gather your answers.
Nebraska Thursdays Mini Grant Application Reference Only
For further clarification or more information, please contact:
Sarah Smith at sarah.e.smith@nebraska.gov or (402) 471-3655

 

 

Purpose of Funding:

Nebraska Department of Education Office of Nutrition Services is partnering with schools statewide to expand Nebraska Thursdays.  Mini-grants will assist schools with implementation and promotion of Nebraska Thursdays, and are funded by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission.

Each applicant will receive $250-500 for proposed projects. Projects must provide expansion of local food, agriculture, and/or garden-based education, and should promote a school’s Nebraska Thursdays program.

 

Eligibility:

All Nebraska schools that participate in Nebraska Thursdays must also participate in the National School Lunch Program. All registered Nebraska Thursdays schools are eligible to apply for the Nebraska Thursdays mini-grant. Schools must be registered for Nebraska Thursdays by the grant application deadline (August 30, 2019).

 

Allowable Use of Grant Funds

This list is not exclusive. Schools are encouraged to evaluate their farm to school needs and priorities in order to determine creative and tailored projects to further their Nebraska Thursdays programs. 

Cafeteria

  • Materials, equipment and supplies for expansion of local food use in the cafeteria
  • Materials, supplies and labor required for taste testing foods and recipes that feature and promote local foods
  • Materials, supplies, and labor required for hosting farmer-networking activities/events that build relationships between the school cafeteria and local growers
  • Staff development and training
  • Awards for students for student competition

Garden

  • Materials, equipment and supplies for school garden activities
  • Garden-based curriculum

Experiential Education

  • Travel and related expenses associated with farm to school field trips
  • Chef-visits and demonstrations for students in the school cafeteria
  • Nutrition-education materials or children’s books related to nutrition

Funds may be used for outreach and marketing of farm to school programming to parents or the community.

 

Grant funds may NOT be used to…

  • Purchase reimbursable meal components
  • Purchase larger equipment and/or permanent structures
  • Indirect Costs

Date

Activity

By August 1, 2019

Release of Request for Applications

August 30, 2019

Applications Due to Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services. *Applications must be complete and submitted online. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

By September 10, 2019

Grant award notification by the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services.

October 31, 2019

Deadline for grantees to purchase all grant-approved items.

November 22, 2019

Report of Expenditures and receipts showing grant-approved expenses have been paid due to the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services. *Grant reimbursement documentation will not be accepted after November 22, 2019. Documentation received after this deadline will not be processed for reimbursement.

By December 31, 2019

All mini-grant funds sent to school’s non-profit SFS account.

Note: Grant proposals must be submitted online. Please complete each section of the application entirely. Use the printable version of this application to gather your answers.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019 (11:59 pm MST).

For further clarification or more information, please contact:

Sarah Smith at sarah.e.smith@nebraska.gov or (402) 471-3655

Farm to School Stories

Serve a Nebraska-sourced meal in the school cafeterias on the first Thursday of each month and celebrate Nebraska Thursdays! Sourcing Nebraska products encourages fresh, local and healthy meals in the school cafeteria, educates students about Nebraska agriculture, and boosts our local economy.  Nebraska Department of Education is proud to support Nebraska schools celebrating Nebraska Thursdays!

Learn more with these Farm to School Stories which highlight five schools who celebrate Nebraska Thursdays and four Nebraska farmers who sell to schools.

Farm to School Stories

 

Registration

Register today to join Nebraska Thursdays for the 2019-2020 school year.

Registration for Nebraska Thursdays is open for all Nebraska schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Once registered, your district will have access to Nebraska Thursdays resources, promotional items and an interactive recipe portal.

To register for Nebraska Thursdays, you must be the school Food Service Director/Manager listed on the school meal application in the CNP system or person responsible for the operation of the school food service program.

Nebraska schools serve 232,941 students daily. Nutrition education, agricultural awareness, and local economic benefits make small steps forward a big move for our students and our communities.

Creation of Nebraska Thursdays was made possible by funds from a USDA Farm to School Grant in 2017,  and in partnership with the Center for Rural Affairs.  Additional support for this project comes from the Nebraska Dry Bean CommissionMidwest Dairy Council, and Nebraska Beef Council.

Updated July 12, 2019 3:11pm