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Establishing the 3E's Nutrition Grant Program (Establish3E)

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.


The Texas Department of Agriculture has suspended funding for the Establishing 3 E's Grant Program for FY 2020 and FY 2021.

Texas Department of Agriculture
May 2, 2019

Establish3E is a program that funds the creation of nutrition education programs in childcare institutions and community organizations that work with children 3-5 years of age in Texas.

Funds may be used to establish, implement, or extend comprehensive wellness efforts to achieve either:

  1. Healthier Child and Adult Care Food Program Award Program (CACFP) Gold Award
  2. The 3E's Award

To attain CACFP Gold Award or 3E's Award status, programs must implement activities to improve:

  • Menus and meal service
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition education
  • The childcare environment through garden or experiential learning that teach students about Texas agriculture, such as:
    • Implementing garden-based curriculum
    • School garden development or improvement
    • Taste testing activities
    • Developing a garden to plate program to increase the number of garden products served in school meals and snacks
    • Networking events that strengthen local purchasing relationships with Texas farmers and ranchers
    • Other experiential learning opportunities, such as field trips to farms and/or farmers markets

To apply, an organization must:

  1. Certify that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children between the ages of 3-5 years old and meets one of the criteria below:
    • Participates in the Child and Adult Food Care Program administered by TDA
    • A Head Start Program
    • Another early childhood education program
  2. Be a community or faith-based initiative that:
    • Provides recreational, social, volunteer, leadership, mentoring, or developmental programs
    • Certifies that it will use awarded funds to provide nutrition education to children younger than 19 years of age.
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Up to $10,000 per site and up to $50,000 per multi-site sponsor organization.

Sponsor organizations that have more than one site should submit a single, combined application.

Application process

Links to the application instructions and the application form are available on the program website.

The preferred submission method is through email to

Tagged as
Child care · Children and youth · Community and faith-based initiatives · Food security and nutrition · Obesity and weight control · Physical activity · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Texas

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