2015 Breakfast Grant Deadlines Announced

Rise & Shine Illinois 2015 grants are available for up to $5,000 each.  

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: 

February 15 — April 15 — June 15 — August 15 — October 15

To be connected with a School Breakfast Coordinator and begin the application process, please click here or email schoolbreakfast@gcfd.org.  See grant details below:


Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast delivery models (such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab N Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) in an effort to increase child participation in universal School Breakfast.


Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. Successful models include collaboration of everyone in the school district; including the School Principal, Teachers, the Food Service Nutrition Director, and the Superintendent. All applications must have authorized approval by the School Principal and Food Service Nutrition Director.


Grant funding must be used for equipment, supplies or materials associated with expanding the School Breakfast program, specifically the implementation of an alternative breakfast delivery model.

Allowable uses include (but are not limited to):

The purchase of equipment, such as insulated bags and Grab N Go carts; and the purchase of supplies, such as trash cans and bags or other items associated with operating the breakfast program.

Application Due Date:

We will accept applications on a rolling basis through the following deadlines: February 15, April 15, June 15, August 15, October 15, 2015.  Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and will be given thoughtful consideration based on need and commitment to expanding participation in School Breakfast.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Adherence to eligibility and requirements guidelines
  • Program sustainability beyond the grant funding period
  • Growth potential for breakfast participation

Additional grants are available to help start or expand your school’s breakfast program.