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After the Bell (ATB), Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC)

Grants to Massachusetts PreK-12 Schools for
Breakfast Programs for Low-Income Children

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Eos Foundation

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Massachusetts PreK-12 public and charter schools and districts in underserved communities to launch or expand free breakfast in the classroom programs. Funding is intended to fight childhood hunger and improve academic success by increasing children’s access to nutritious food across Massachusetts.

ATB BIC is proven to increase access in and participation in school breakfast. Benefits of the program include: lower absentee and tardy rates, fewer morning nurses visits and behavioral problems, and higher academic achievement. The majority of Massachusetts schools operating ATB BIC maintain 80%+ participation rates, drawing down USDA reimbursements that sustain the program beyond grants from private funders like Eos.

All applicants must:
-Plan for students to have the opportunity to eat breakfast after the bell, and in the classroom for a minimum of 10 minutes.
-Plan to implement the ATB BIC program in all classrooms within the school building.
-Agree to maintain a sharing table/basket in each classroom.
-Form a Breakfast Implementation Team to ensure successful ATB BIC implementation.
-Present a realistic plan with concrete steps to implement or expand the ATB BIC.
-Have support of the school and district leadership (i.e., the principal, superintendent/board chair, business officer/CFO, and school nutrition director) to engage teachers, custodians, and other key staff in the planning process. This is considered critical to implementation success and sustainability of the ATB BIC program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139773

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000. Schools with an enrollment of 300 and below will receive up to $5,000. Schools with an enrollment of 301-600 will receive to $7,500. Schools with an enrollment of 601 and above will receive up to $10,000. In addition to cash grants, Eos offers technical assistance and “toolkits” to support ATB BIC launch planning and communications to various stakeholders (i.e., teachers, custodians, cafeteria staff, parents, and students).

Term of Contract:

The grant is disbursed over one or two years. Districts proposing to roll out to multiple schools across the district may request a longer grant period not to exceed three years. For the January 11 submission deadline, programs should be launched in Spring 2018. For the May 10 submission deadline, programs should be launched at the start of the 2018/2019 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are schools who currently participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program funded by USDA. These typically include public schools, both charters and districts. Residential schools are not eligible.

Schools selected for a BIC program grant award are expected to:

- Serve low-income children in grades PreK-12.

- Have a free and reduced population greater than or equal to 60%.
Note: Given the wide variation of both fixed costs incurred by school food service departments and funding allocations as well as fundraising abilities of districts and schools, Eos will consider applications from schools that have lower free and reduced populations on a case-by-case basis.

- Achieve a minimum of 80% Average Daily Participation (ADP) in school breakfast by offering the BIC program.

- Build support of teachers across grade levels who champion the program and lead its integration into seamless morning routines as well as the overall school culture.

Pre-Application Information:

Eos accepts ATB BIC launch applications on a rolling basis with review preference given to those who apply by submission deadlines.

-Schools planning to launch Spring 2018 have a submission deadline of January 11, 2018, and will be notified by February 9, 2018.
-Schools planning to launch by the start of the school year 2018/2019 have a submission deadline of May 10, 2018, and will be notified by June 4, 2018.

Completed applications should be sent electronically to Magdalena Punty with the attachments. The Foundation requests that the below items be sent in one email as individual attached files.

Eos makes grant decisions within six weeks of receiving an application.

If this is your first time applying for Eos funding, please complete the application clearly identified for new schools/new districts. For existing cohort partners, please complete the application marked for new schools in Partner Districts.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications should be sent to:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Christy Mach Dubé
(508) 430-8130

Eos Foundation
537 Main Street, Suite 12
Harwich Port, MA 02646

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USA: Massachusetts