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Extra Credit Grants

Raley’s Extra Credit grants reward accredited K-12 academic institutions with funds for programs that promote nutrition education, teach food literacy, address food insecurity and encourage physical activity. Extra Credit grants have always promoted nutrition education, wellness, and food literacy; however, with changes in our world come changes in how we support our communities. We will prioritize programs that feed kids, address their physical safety, or directly impact their mental and emotional well-being. As schools continue to adapt and the needs of our communities continue to shift, our criteria for Raley’s Extra Credit grants program will stay flexible so that we can also adjust to support our schools and students in ways that continue to make the most impact to their overall health and happiness.

How It Works

Accredited K-12 academic institutions (public, charter and private) are invited to apply for funding once per school year. Grant amounts are determined by the size and scope of the proposed project—there is no minimum or maximum funding request required. The Raley’s Wellness Education Panel will consider the following when reviewing a proposal:

  • Number of students impacted
  • Commitment from the school and school support system
  • Level of school involvement

Examples of grant-funded projects that meet our guidelines include:

  • Sustainable gardens where students get hands-on experience growing fresh produce and learning about the nutritional benefits of produce
  • Programs, materials, and curriculum development focused on student’s health, safety and well being
  • Personal protective equipment, sanitizers
  • Outdoor games
  • Materials needed to ensure social distancing
  • Supplies needed to ensure effective distance learning
  • Refillable water stations that promote a healthy lifestyle and physical activity
  • Programs that enhance the nutritional content of food served at school
  • Curriculum materials for professional development
  • Programs that promote culinary arts, agriculture, food hospitality, food production and/or basic food science principles (STEM)
  • School Give Back Shopping Day fundraiser with 20% of store sales donated to the academic institution

Requests that fall outside our giving guidelines include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Third-party requests, such as an organization or team raising funds on behalf of a nonprofit
  • Individual sponsorships, such as sports, beauty, scholastic, or talent competitions or events
  • Events or fundraisers benefiting an individual
  • National or international relief efforts
  • Travel costs or trips

Applications must be submitted online during either the fall or spring funding cycle.

Fall cycle

Applications are accepted July 1 – August 31
Notification of funding decision will occur in October

Spring cycle

Applications are accepted January 1 – February 28
Notification of funding decision will occur in April

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