Healthy Schools Grants

NCPTA Food Pantry/ PTA Community Garden Grants:

The $2,000 Grant funding is intended to support your PTA in creating an action plan to help meet the most pressing needs of your school community in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic-Food Insecurity. Your school PTA will be able to choose how to spend the funding, but we ask that you use the money to address one of the areas listed below to help as many families in and around the surrounding areas (they do not just have to be current PTA members).

  • Food Pantry
  • PTA Community Garden

Your local unit will create either a Food Pantry run by the local unit PTA and community partners or a Community Garden run by the PTA and community partners accessible by the community.

These $2,000 grants are available to support the rapid and ongoing response addressing both of the new and aggravated challenges across North Carolina communities are facing. This Grant will run for a period of three (3) months.

Over 70% of award monies must support the food insecurities in your community, with an emphasis on healthy and local foods. Eligible expenses can include: cold storage for food distribution, food purchasing related to pantry or garden expenses, and set up costs related to your pantry or garden.

The deadline to apply was August 9, 2021.

Who Could Apply:

  • Any Local Unit PTA In good standing.
  • Grants may be used to create or enhance already existing programs.

Final Reports:

  • A short final report detailing how the $2,000 were used and how this grant benefited your Local Unit PTA and your community will be required at the end of the grant period, as well as:
    • 5-10 pictures of your Food Pantry or PTA Community Garden
    • 1-1 minute video giving a tour of your Food Pantry or PTA Community Garden
    • A FB Live  (Can be on your PTA FB Page showing your Food Pantry or PTA Community Garden in action)
    • 1 Page Final Report (as detailed above) with detail of expenses spent
    • The potential to speak at the NCPTA 2022 Convention
    • (This is an ongoing program, the final report will demonstrate the implementation of your program in action.)

Requirements:

All PTA units will be required to be in Good Standing with NCPTA. Also, remember that  your Local PTA will need to sign the Grant Agreement. If you have any other questions, please contact, office@ncpta.org.

Application Questions:

  1. Name of PTA and County
  2. Contact Information:
    • Name
    • Email
    • Phone Number
  3. Which of these two areas best represents what your PTA’s action plan will take to address the needs of the community?
    • Food Pantry
    • PTA Community Garden
  4. Why does your PTA want to focus on this area? Please show us what your PTA/Schools needs are and how your PTA will use the funding. Also, please reference the PTA Mission.
  5. Running a Food Pantry and/or a Community Garden requires strategic planning and both short and long-term planning. Please describe how your PTA plans to make your Food Pantry or Community Garden succeed for the next 5 years.
  6. How do you plan to collaborate and find community partners to continue to build and grow your Food Pantry or Community Garden? List 5 possible partnerships in your area?
  7. Please provide a detailed budget for your grant.
  8. Please provide a work plan.

Click here to complete and submit an application.

The deadline to apply was August 9, 2021.


Congratulations NCPTA Pantry & Garden Grant Winners

We are pleased to announce mini grants have been awarded to the following PTA’s. Each project will support the community with campus supported PTA Pantry’s and/or gardens to be used for nutrition engagement and building awareness around access to healthy foods at their local school. We look forward to sharing the results from these projects with all of you over the next few months. Congratulations!

$2,000 Grant Recipients

  • Farmington Wood Elementary School, Cary
  • Laurel Park Elementary School PTA, Apex
  • Leesville Road High School PTSA, Raleigh
  • Mabel Elementary School PTA, Zionville
  • Morrisville Elementary School PTA, Morrisville
  • Northern Guilford Middle School PTSA, Greensboro
  • Northside Elementary School PTA, Chapel Hill
  • Parkwood Elementary School PTA, Durham
  • RJ Reynolds High School PTS, Winston-Salem
  • The School for Creative Studies PTSA, Durham

$1,000 Grant Recipient (continuing current garden project)

  • Old Richmond Elementary, Tobaccoville