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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

School Breakfast Demonstration Project
Fund Code: 544

Purpose: The purpose of the demonstration grant is to encourage eligible schools to plan and implement the new school meal plan requirements for the School Breakfast Program (SBP) in the 2013-2014 school year and increase student participation in the School Breakfast Program by a minimum of 20% by December 30, 2014.
Priorities: The major priorities are to develop and implement a model approach to incorporating the new USDA meal plan requirements for the School Breakfast Program and increasing participation in the school breakfast program in the 2013-2014 school year.
Eligibility: Priority will be given to schools that have a significant student participation gap between school lunch and breakfast program participation, specifically schools with a difference of participation in students eligible for free or reduced price meals of greater than 50% throughout the 2011-2012 and the 2012-2013 school years.* Schools awarded grants will be expected to be compliant with the new meal plan regulations when reviewed in the 2013-2014 school year. For a list of eligible schools visit the Nutrition, Health and Safety website.
Funding: $200,000 is available to support grant awards from $2,000 up to $7,500 per school.
Fund Use: In general, the funds may be used for:
  • Analysis of current school breakfast program to:
    • Analyze the SBP menu to assess where changes need to be made to comply with new USDA meal plan requirements for reimbursement
    • Determine barriers to SBP participation and develop strategies to overcome them
    • Transition to alternate models of delivery such as Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Equipment needed to for heating, cooking, holding, serving, and refrigeration of foods used in the SBP.
  • Outreach, marketing, and education about the new nutritional requirements and benefits, including community and parent outreach
  • Communications to promote nutrition and increase awareness of the new meal plan changes with all constituents (teachers, students, parents, school staff, custodial staff, etc.)
  • Surveys and focus groups with students (6-12) and parents (K-5)
  • Taste testing new recipes compliant with the new meal plan with students, teachers, and parents
Project Duration: Award date to 6/30/2014
Program Unit: Nutrition, Health, and Safety
Contact: Kerry Callahan kerryc@doe.mass.edu
Phone Number: (781) 338-6462
Date Due: Friday, November 22, 2013
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Additional Information:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Schools Eligible to Apply for FY 14 School Breakfast Demonstration Grants
Submission Instructions: Submit five sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:

Kerry Callahan
Nutrition, Health, and Safety
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906


Last Updated: October 22, 2013
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