How do I apply for an Extra Credit Wellness Education grant?
The Raley’s Extra Credit Wellness Education grant program is a part of our Purposeful Giving platform.
Every time you shop at your local Raley’s Bel Air Market or Nob Hill Foods, you help fund the next generation of healthy eaters and improve food literacy and promote sustainability in your community.
Do I have to be a member of Something Extra to apply for a Wellness Education grant?
Yes. To apply for a grant, you need a valid Something Extra account. As a Something Extra member, every time you shop at your local Raley’s, Bel Air Market or Nob Hill Foods from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, our Extra Credit program will fund Wellness Education grants that support programs which foster wellness for schools and youth throughout our company footprint of Northern California and Northern Nevada.
How much can my school or school district request in our proposal?
There are currently no restrictions on the minimum or maximum amount of funding that grantees may request per Extra Credit grant cycle. Raley’s suggests applicants do their best to estimate the amount of funding necessary to sustain programming, and propose projects/programs with goals that are realistically achievable.
My nonprofit organization provides food literacy, nutritional education, and/or healthy living programs for schools. Can I apply for funding to increase capacity so I can deliver additional programming for more schools?
For nonprofit organizations that provide programming to K-12 institutions, we suggest partnering with schools and school districts to work out all details of the proposed program. Once all details are finalized and roles and responsibilities clarified, your partner school(s) or school district(s) should take the lead in submitting the final grant application. If the proposal is chosen for an Extra Credit grant, the school(s) or school district(s) will be receiving the awarded grant funding.
Does the funding have to be used within the same academic school year that it was awarded?
If your proposal is awarded a Raley’s Extra Credit grant, it is not a requirement that the funding be expended in the same academic school year. It is Raley’s expectation that the funding be spent within the timeframe as proposed in your original grant application.
What types of groups can apply for an Extra Credit Wellness Education grant?
Raley’s grant program is designed to impact youth through purposeful exposure to agriculture, food and nutrition. Accredited K-12 schools are eligible to apply for the program. The school campus must be within a 20-mile radius of a Raley’s, Bel Air Market or Nob Hill Foods location.
How does the Extra Credit Wellness Education program work?
Raley’s Extra Credit program is designed to fund the growth of food literacy and wellness education in accredited K-12 educational institutions (public, charter or private). Schools interested in applying for an Extra Credit grant may submit one online application for funding per school year, during one of two application cycles; fall or spring. Click here to learn more about the cycle timelines.
Will my purchases still make a difference and contribute to helping area youth? Yes. Last year, Raley’s donated $1.25 million to more than 4,500 local nonprofits through our Extra Credit Scrip program. These donations were the result of Raley’s directing a small percentage of each sale to our customer’s nonprofit of choice. Raley’s is still dedicated to supporting the communities in which we serve, but we wanted to make a more focused and intentional impact. This is the reason we are changing Extra Credit Scrip to Extra Credit Grants – enabling Raley’s to align our giving to directly support K-12 school projects that are focused on cultivating nutrition education, wellness and food literacy.
How do I make changes to my Extra Credit Wellness Education grant application?
Application periods are generally open for up to four weeks, with Extra Credit Grants awarded twice annually to accredited K-12 institutions that seek support to operate youth health and wellness programs. Once an application is submitted for consideration, changes cannot be made so we encourage organizations to assemble all necessary application materials prior to submitting a final proposal.
Materials that may be required or questions the may be asked as part of your submission packet may include (but not be limited to) the following:
* description of proposed project
* county or counties in which your school operates
* estimated number of students benefiting from proposed project
* project budget
* project timeline
* current financial statements/tax documents
* percentage of students receiving free lunch at your K-12 institution
* how will youth health and wellness be improved by this project?
* is the project sustainable once Raley’s grant funding for your project is exhausted?
* how will you measure project success?
Will my school see a change in donations under Extra Credit?
Extra Credit will continue to support funding for schools and our youth. The refresh of the Extra Credit program allows your contribution to have a greater impact because the funds will be program specific. Accredited K-12 academic institutions (public, charter and private) will have the opportunity to apply for a grant to grow wellness education on their campus. These programs will help students understand where their food comes from.
I applied for an Extra Credit Wellness Education grant. How can I view my application status?
You’ll be able to log into the Purposeful Giving portal (administered by Versaic), using the credentials you created to complete the grant application. If you’re forgotten your ID or password, please utilize the password recovery feature on the login page.