Feed Your Brain Application Instructions
Now Accepting Applications for Feed Your Brain 2017
About Feed Your Brain
Since 2001, School’s Out Washington has worked in partnership with the Children’s Alliance, Discuren Charitable Foundation, and since 2010 Page Ahead, to address summer learning loss and summertime hunger through the Feed Your Brain project, which provides grants and training to schools, community-based organizations and/or tribes running summer programs in rural areas of Washington State. The overarching goal of Feed Your Brain is to increase the number of children who participate in academic and enrichment activities and receive at least two nutritious meals through the federally subsidized Summer Feeding Service Program.
Learn More About Feed Your Brain
- Proposals must be submitted by March 27, 2017.
- Notification of grant award will occur after April 28, 2017. School’s Out Washington reserves the right to award partial grants. All grant awards are final.
- May 19, 2017: Funded programs must attend one full-day, mandatory regional Feed Your Brain orientation/training in Ellensburg from 10am-4pm.
- June 5, 2017: Contract period begins. Technical assistance and site visits will be provided by School’s Out Washington and Feed Your Brain partners.
- August 31, 2017: Contract period ends. Funded programs must expend all grant dollars and submit all reporting paperwork (including a narrative on the project implementation and demographics for kids served).
Instructions for completing online grant application
- Download, save, and complete the Narrative Questions form here (.docx link) BEFORE completing your online application.
- Responses to narrative questions must be typed in the provided form, double-spaced, using a standard 12-point font. Narrative must not be single-spaced nor exceed a total of 8 pages (including your sample weekly schedule). Save the narrative responses as a word or PDF file to upload into the online application.
- Once you have completed the narrative questions, you can begin the Online Grant Application. In addition to completing the form, you will have to upload your narrative questions to the form.
- If you need technical assistance for submitting applications or cannot submit online, contact Shannon Ginn Robinson at School’s Out Washington, 206-323-2396 or email@example.com.
- The proposal must be submitted by March 27, 2017. Proposals may not be faxed nor emailed.
To qualify for a Feed Your Brain grant, programs must provide summer literacy (reading and writing) activities and sponsor an open site through the Summer Food Service Program in high-need, rural communities (defined as a town population of 25,000 or less) where resources are limited. To determine how your program can qualify as a Summer Food Service Program sponsor, please call Jennifer Mitchell at 360.725.6056.
Applicants may apply for up to $5,000. Funds may be used to pay for costs associated with summer learning activities (salaries, training, transportation, curriculum, supplies, equipment, furniture and contracted services).
Who May Apply/Minimum Requirements
- Applicants must provide a regular, formally organized program for school-age children (primarily ages 5-18). Program must operate a minimum of four days a week for four or more weeks during the summer months.
- Applicants must have two committed community partners for the 2017 summer program who have assigned roles in strengthening the program.
- Applicants must plan to operate programs in a rural community of Washington State. For the purposes of this grant, rural means a town population of 25,000 or less.
- Applicants must sponsor an open meal site and provide at least two meals (breakfast, lunch and/or snack) through the Summer Food Service Program administered by USDA/OSPI. This includes both the Simplified Summer Food Program and the Seamless Summer Feeding Program. Sites are considered open when any child (0-18 years of age) can come to the site to receive a free meal.
- Programs must provide no less than 1.5 hours of literacy activities (reading and writing) each time the program meets. Priority will be given to programs that provide more than 1.5 hours of literacy activities.
- Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to ensure proper administrative and accounting procedures.
- Programs must be open to all youth regardless of race, religion, gender, national origin, marital status of their families, sexual orientation, political ideology or ability.
- School districts, Native American tribes, public entities and non-profit groups in Washington may apply.
Terms for Contracts
- Funded organizations must participate in: a mandatory regional Feed Your Brain orientation; technical assistance; and site visits as conducted by School’s Out Washington and Feed Your Brain partners. Orientations will be approximately 4 hours long and a travel stipend covering mileage costs will be provided.
- Funded organizations must comply with reporting and evaluation requirements, including tracking data and administering pre and post assessments.
- Funded organizations must have liability insurance and guarantee that the program funded under this grant is in compliance with all state and local laws and regulations.
- Funding will be disbursed in three payments, which are contingent upon the organization meeting all contract reporting requirements.
- Administrative costs are limited to 15% of the total grant award.
- Grant funds may not be used for purchasing food or religious instruction.
For questions about the Feed Your Brain project, please contact Shannon Ginn Robinson by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: (206) 323-2396.