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NJSACC Offers Mini�Grants to Support and Expand Afterschool Meals in NJ - apply by 3/20
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Thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation, NJSACC is offering mini�grants to qualifying organizations to support and expand afterschool meals in NJ.

A limited number of grants between $500 and $2,500 are available. Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2015. Grantees will also receive technical assistance and support from NJSACC.

Awardees are expected to use funds to expand access to afterschool meals utilizing USDA funds through the CACFP At�Risk Afterschool Meal Program for children in NJ. More information about eligibility requirements can be found on our website at: http://www.njsacc.org/providers/atRiskMealsProgram.php

Examples of activities to "expand access" include:
  • becoming an approved sponsor for the first time
  • adding new meal sites
  • adding service days (such as adding additional service days during the school week or by serving meals on holidays or weekends)
  • increasing total meals at existing sites
  • changing or adding a new meal service (such as changing from snacks to full meals)
  • providing year�round meal service (such as summer meal providers adding afterschool suppers)

Funds will be considered for the following uses:
  • Foodservice equipment
  • Inspection fees/related repairs
  • Transportation related expenses
  • Enrichment/educational activities or supplies
  • Kickoff or Celebration Events (max. $500)
Grantees will agree to:
  • submit a final report to NJSACC
  • participate in communication materials NJSACC may develop
Application materials must be submitted to:
Lee McDermott Schaefer, NJSACC
208 Lenox Avenue, #363
Westfield, NJ 07090

A complete application includes:
  1. A completed application form
  2. The following items:
  • A cover letter signed by your organization's Executive Director, Board President or other official representative
  • A budget outlining your proposed expenses
  • A copy of your tax determination letter (if applicable)
  • A copy of your child care license (if applicable)
Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, March 20, 2015. Late submissions and incomplete applications will not be considered.

This grant opportunity is available thanks to the generosity of the Walmart Foundation.

Click here to download the application form (PDF)

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Can I use a mini-grant to purchase food?


No. The mini-grants are intended to support the "start-up" costs associated with becoming a sponsor for the first time, expanding existing sites, or adding new sites that utilize the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program. This includes:

 

  • Foodservice equipment
  • Inspection fees/related repairs
  • Transportation related expenses
  • Enrichment/educational activities or supplies
  • Kickoff or Celebration Events (max. $500)



What is the CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meal Program?


 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funds to eligible afterschool programs to serve meals to children age 18 and under during the school year. Eligibility is determined using Free and Reduced Price lunch data for the school district your program operates in. The meals can be served at any time during the afterschool program, either at a traditional dinner time or immediately when the students arrive after school depending on the length of the afterschool program. An afterschool snack can also be served in addition to the meal.

In NJ, this program is administered by the NJ Department of Agriculture. You must apply and become an approved sponsor by the NJ Department of Agriculture. The NJ Department of Agriculture provides the reimbursement for meals and will monitor your site.


 

Is my program eligible for CACFP?


 

More information about eligibility can be found on NJSACC's website here.


You can also contact the NJ Department of Agriculture at 609-984-1250 to determine your eligibility and learn about required training dates.

Please continue to contact Lee McDermott Schaefer at: lee@njsacc.org or at 908-789-0259 with questions about this initiative. 


Thank you!

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Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org