BC Dairy Association Mini Food Grant Application Winter 2021

BC Dairy Association (BCDA) is offering a limited number of food grants to K-12 teachers using a BCDA nutrition education program. Grant funding will vary depending on the program you are teaching and the food activities planned. Teachers are eligible for one grant per school year, up to a maximum of $150. 

The deadline for applications is Friday, January 29th, 2021. Please answer a few questions to see if you are eligible. We are unable to respond in French, however vous êtes invités à répondre en français, si vous préférez!

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* 1. If you are teaching one of the following programs in the 2020-2021 school year, you are eligible to apply. Please check the program(s) you are teaching in the 2020-2021 school year.

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* 2. You have ordered your nutrition education materials for the 2020-2021 school year. 

If the program(s) you're teaching requires materials, you must order materials for the 2020-2021 school year to be eligible for a grant. Your application may be considered ineligible if materials are not reordered by the application deadline of Friday, January 29th, 2021. Login to access your profile and reorder workshop materials.

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* 3. Please fill out the information below.

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* 4. Please check which grade(s) you are teaching this year.

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* 5. If this grant is awarded, I agree to:

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* 6. Please tell us how you will use food to enhance one of the BC Dairy nutrition education programs.

Tell us which foods you plan to use and how the food will connect with the big ideas in the BC Dairy nutrition program lesson(s) you are teaching. Consult your teacher guide for ideas or tell us about your own plan. To be eligible, please include foods from all three food categories (Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, and Protein Foods).

To strengthen your application, be sure to mention how you will use one or more of the following key nutrition principles:

· Use a neutral approach when talking about foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. Evidence shows that providing a neutral approach to food helps foster a healthy relationship with food.
· Offer opportunities to taste without pressure.  Allow all children to have an opportunity to taste, without pressuring students to have "just one bite." Let each child decide if they will taste a food or not. 
· Avoid food rewards. There is good evidence to show the benefit of avoiding the use of food bribes to encourage good behaviour.
· Use commonly available and affordable foods. This strengthens the objectives and learning outcomes of nutrition education.

Still unsure what to include in your application? Find more information here.

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Please note that this grant is modest and is intended for educational purposes. It is in no way intended for, or capable of, addressing food security concerns.

There is no word limit. Please describe your plan in your own words.

You will be notified by Friday, February 26th, 2021 regarding the status of your application. If you are not successful, we will provide feedback and encourage you to apply for the next round of grant applications in September 2021. Thank you for your time and all the best for the school year.

For more information about mini food grants, check out our Top 10 FAQ about BCDA mini food grants.

For other questions, email us at nutrition@bcdairy.ca or call 604.294.3775 / 1.800.242.6455.

- Nutrition Educators at BC Dairy Association