School Breakfast Grant Program

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Grant Description

Full Plates Full Potential is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for schools looking to increase the number of students participating in the School Breakfast Program. We are looking to support innovative ideas or tried and true best practices, such as Breakfast After the Bell, to enhance breakfast access by reimbursing costs not covered by the USDA.

Eligibility Information

  • Grants available to school districts and organizations operating federal Child Nutrition Programs (School Breakfast Program, SSO)
  • Only one application per school administration unit or organization

If your school or district has at least 50% of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch, we will be working in partnership with Maine DOE to review your application because your district is eligible for Maine DOE Breakfast After the Bell funding. This will allow us to help the most number of school districts in the state with our limited funds.



Grant Portal Opens for Applications October 11th, 2022
Priority Application Deadline November 14th, 2022
Priority Deadline Grantees Announced December 2022
Final Application Deadline January 24th, 2023
Final Deadline Grantees Announced February 2023



Grants will be available to schools from

For the following:

  • Equipment needed to support operating a new Breakfast After the Bell model like Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n’ Go Breakfast, or Second Chance Breakfast (coolers, carts, baskets, pin pads, etc.)
  • Outreach costs for enhanced marketing and advertising to students, parents, and school staff
  • Staff training and professional development activities
  • Staff time required to plan and prepare for the successful launch of a new Breakfast After the Bell model (time spent planning a reimbursable meal menu, development of attendance tracking procedures, filing systems, and staff trainings)
  • And more!

In the fall and winter of the 2021-22 school year, Full Plates awarded 19 Breakfast Grants, totaling $71,334 in funding. Additionally, we partnered with Maine’s Department of Education to disperse $21,528 of federal funds to 10 more schools. Our grant program and these federal funds prioritize Breakfast After…

Breakfast Challenge

March 1 - March 31

The School Breakfast Challenge is a contest to encourage schools to get creative, try new menu items, amp up their marketing, and even switch to a new Breakfast after the Bell model like Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, or Second Chance Breakfast to increase breakfast participation during the month of March and beyond. Schools are divided into 3 categories based on size, and the 2 schools per category with the biggest increase in participation between February and March wins .

Past Challenge winners

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