Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

School Breakfast Program (SBP) and Summer Meal Programs (SMP) Start-up and Expansion

Grants to California School Districts, Charter Schools, and
County Offices of Education for School Meal Programs

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

California Department of Education (CDE)

Deadline Date:

03/01/21 4:00 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $15,000 to California school districts, charter schools, and county offices of education to develop or expand school breakfast programs and summer meal programs. Eligible projects are those that benefit K-12 students under the age of eighteen. Funding is intended for school sites where at least 20% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced meals.

Allowable costs are nonrecurring expenses used when starting up or expanding a School Breakfast Program (SBP) or Summer Meal Program (SMP). The CDE will authorize purchases for allowable costs as long as SFAs dedicate their use exclusively to food service and the equipment serves to assist in the start-up or expansion of an SBP or SMP.

For a list of allowable expenses, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168678

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $15,000 per site

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

School districts, direct-funded charter schools, and county offices of education may apply for one or both types of grants; however, only one type of grant may be awarded per school site.

To qualify for SBP grants, at least 20 percent of enrolled students at the school site must be approved for free or reduced-price meals. To receive SMP grants, the site must meet program eligibility criteria. The Budget Act allows the California Department of Education (CDE) to award grants only to school districts, county offices of education, and direct-funded charter schools. Site must not have previously been awarded a grant for an SBP or SMP within the past three years.

Private schools, residential child care institutions, and juvenile detention centers are not eligible to receive these funds.

Unallowable costs are recurring expenses or costs for equipment or services that are not used exclusively for the start-up or expansion of an SBP or SMP and include:
- Salaries and benefits, travel costs, subscriptions, and membership and conference fees
- Fees for required training and process certifications, such as ServSafe
- Capital outlay for building walls, rooms, or flooring, and capital expenditures that increase the useful life or value of a facility
- Equipment that will be used by other programs (i.e., equipment that SFAs will not dedicate exclusively to food services)
- Office equipment and supplies such as desks, chairs, staples, pens, pencils, paper clips, writing tablets, etc.
- Food and menus
- Costumes, promotional giveaways, prizes, T-shirts, etc.
- Uniforms for staff
- Disposable supplies such as paper towels, cleaning products, etc.
- Computers that are not part of a POS system
- Indirect costs
- Recurring costs—agencies should bill only once for materials associated with ongoing activities such as letters, flyers, etc.
- Travel-related expenses such as lodging, meals, mileage, etc. for vendors—even if the costs are associated with training

Pre-Application Information:

- Date Application Available: January 4, 2021
- Due Date: March 1, 2021
- Expected Notification Date: June 1, 2021

The CDE must receive your SFA’s online submission no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, March 1, 2021. No late or mailed applications will be accepted.

Grant Instructions:
Scoring Criteria:
Good Standing Status:
Grant Appeal Procedures:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Program: Tara Masse, 916-323-7177,
Fiscal: Elia Bassin, 916-319-0403,
Division: Nutrition Services Division, 916-322-3005 (phone), 916-445-5731 (fax)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants to California and Nevada Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and Faith-Based Organizations ...

Deadline 03/30/21

Grants to California and Nevada nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, and schools for programs and projects that benefit local residents in eligible regions. Focus areas include education, youth, development, health and human services, environmen

GrantWatch ID#: 127626

Grants to California Nonprofits, Organizations, and Individuals to Promote Recycling and Was...

Deadline 03/05/21

Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies, schools, and individuals for projects in eligible regions that promote recycling and waste prevention. Priority will be given to projects that address the culture of waste prevention and recycling in schools

GrantWatch ID#: 127688

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Provide Humane Services for Dogs

Deadline 03/16/21

Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and rescue groups, shelters, and sanctuaries to provide humane services for dogs. Funding is intended to support programs that help dogs whose lives are at risk. Consideration will be given to proposals for either a

GrantWatch ID#: 128253

Opportunity to Enter a Contest for USA and Canada Nonprofits and Registered Charities to Sup...

Deadline 03/24/21

Opportunity to enter a contest for USA and Canada nonprofit organizations and registered charities in multiple states and provinces to support community gardening projects. Winners will receive $5,000 to use for the development of an organic garden. Applicants in all US

GrantWatch ID#: 128600

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for Economic Development and Job Training in Eli...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states to address the needs of residents in eligible counties, with priority given to low- to moderate-income populations. Applicants in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska,

GrantWatch ID#: 130602

Grants to California Agencies and Nonprofits for Environmental Mitigation Projects

Deadline 03/05/21

Grants to California nonprofit organizations and government agencies to implement environmental mitigation measures and enhancement projects related to the state’s transportation infrastructure. Project categories include urban forestry projects, land acquisition and

GrantWatch ID#: 131066