Establishing the 3E's Nutrition Grant Program

: Application with signatures must be RECEIVED by close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is authorized to administer the Establishing the 3E’s (E3E) Grant Program to promote better health and nutrition programs and prevent obesity among children in this state. The objective of the program is to increase awareness of the importance of good nutrition, especially for children, and to encourage children's health and well-being through Education, Exercise and Eating Right. This grant program is designed to incentivize the creation of new nutrition education programs in any childcare institution or community organization.


To be eligible for E3E funds, an applying organization must be in good standing with the Texas Comptroller’s Office and TDA and must:

1. Be an organization that:
A. participates in the CACFP as administered by TDA; or,
B. operates a Head Start Program, pursuant to the program rules in 45 CFR Parts 1301-1311; or,
C. is another early childhood education program; AND
D. certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children between the ages of three and five years old,


2. Be a community or faith-based initiative that:
A. provides recreational, social, volunteer, leadership, mentoring, or developmental programs; and
B.certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children younger than 19 years of age.

If an organization has previously received and accepted an E3E award, it is ineligible to receive another E3E grant for four years from the date of the previous award.

Use of Funds

Grant funds may be used to establish, implement or extend a comprehensive wellness efforts to achieve:

- the Healthier CACFP Gold Award * or
PROGRAM 2 - the 3E’s Award.
Which may include activities to improve:
(a) menus; and
(b) the environment through garden or experiential learning activities that teach students about Texas agriculture, and either:
(c) nutrition education or(d) physical activity.

*Only organizations with a current contract with TDA Food and Nutrition Division to administer the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are eligible to apply for the Healthier CACFP Gold Award Program.  Please refer to Attachment A for award criteria.

Application Documents

Contact Information


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