Cooking Matters Grants to Pilot New Formats

Purpose Cooking Matters is helping end childhood hunger by inspiring families to make healthy, affordable food choices. Our programs teach parents and caregivers with limited food budgets to shop for and cook healthy meals. Cooking Matters is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty.

Cooking Matters is excited to announce a competitive grant opportunity to current or new partners interested in increasing access to nutrition and food skills education for low-income parents and caregivers of kids from pregnancy through age 5 with Cooking Matters programming. Through this grant, you will test implementation of a new format for Cooking

Matters in-person programming – intended to be shorter, more flexible, and even more family friendly than our existing models.


  • Current Cooking Matters partners as well as organizations who are new to Cooking Matters may apply. All applicants must carefully read the eligible uses of grant funds below and clearly identify at least one of the approved uses of funding in their application.

  • Each organization may submit only one application.

  • New Cooking Matters partners must also complete a Cooking Matters partner application

IN ADDITION to the grant application. Further instructions for completing the Cooking Matters partner application can be found here.

Reporting Requirements

In addition to the grant deliverables described below, grant recipients:

  • Must provide Share Our Strength with the number of participants reached through the new format of Cooking Matters programming during the grant period.

  • Are required to survey program participants using a Cooking Matters survey tool.

  • May be required to complete a mid-cycle grant report.

  • Must complete a final grant report. Late or missing reports will make the grantee ineligible for another grant for at least one year.

  • May be asked to participate in a final interview following grant completion to answer questions about their learnings and to dive further into information shared in the final report.

  • Must use grant funds for the approved purpose only. If an organization wishes to significantly change the use of funds or activity timeline, it must submit a letter of request to Share Our Strength no less than 30 days before the end of the grant period.

Eligible Use of Grant Funds

Grant funds must be used to test implementation of a new format of Cooking Matters programming, with priority given to organizations reaching the Cooking Matters priority audience. Our priority audience is defined as low-income parents and caregivers of kids from pregnancy through age 5. Implementation of the new format may be tailored to fit the needs of your organization and community and address particular barriers to program implementation.

Though still in development, we expect the new format to include short (for example, as little as 20 minutes or as long as 1 hour), interactive cooking and nutrition sessions delivered by trained facilitators. Education can be delivered as single sessions (i.e., participants may, but are not expected to, participate in more than one session) or as a series of sessions implemented over a time frame of your choosing (e.g., a different session topic offered once a month for 6 months, as part of an ongoing diabetes or wellness class that meets regularly, etc.). As the new format is finalized, we will communicate expectations on number of sessions to be tested as part of this grant; however, please expect that we will ask for you to begin pilots in the fall (Sep-Dec), provide feedback, then pilot again in the spring (Jan-May) using what you learned from the fall implementation.

Examples of grant fund use include:

  • Food and equipment costs to implement the education sessions

  • Costs of incentives or materials provided to participants (e.g., handouts, take-home groceries)

  • Staff time for training facilitators, organizing sessions, recruiting participants, implementing modules, etc.

  • Transportation, child care, and/or translation services Please note that as part of our desire to ensure our programming is both sustainable and reflects the needs of diverse communities across the country, special consideration will be given to applicants who already have in place, or have a plan to put in place for this grant, a system of training members of the community to be program facilitators. A promotor/promotora model or a patient navigator model are two examples, but we welcome a diversity of models that are intended to ensure that content deliverers are reflective of the community itself. If you intend to pursue such a model, be sure to describe that in your application to receive priority.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Quality of proposed plan

  • Ability to reach primarily low-income parents and caregivers of children from pregnancy through age 5

  • Previous demonstration of successful management of Cooking Matters or similar community-based programming

  • Priority will be given to 1) applicants working in WIC or healthcare 2) applicants who include within their proposal a reasonable plan for how they already have or plan to put a system in place that allows programming to be delivered by members of the community in which the programming is offered (such as a promotor/a model).

Grant Cycle

  • INFORMATIONAL GRANT WEBINAR: Tuesday April 30th, 2019, 1:00 pm ET. Pre-registration is required using this link.

  • APPLICATION DUE: May 31st, 2019, 8pm ET

  • AWARDS ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL: No later than June 25, 2019

  • FUNDING DISBURSED: Grant checks will be mailed directly to the recipient organization’s address listed in the grant application. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery after awards have been announced.

  • GRANT PERIOD: July 1, 2019 - May 31, 2020

  • A kick-off/update webinar will be held in July 2019, date and time to be announced to accepted grantees.

  • Grant-funded activity must be completed by May 31, 2020

  • GRANT REPORT DUE: June 15, 2020

Grant Award

You may apply for up to $25,000.

Application Access

To apply for a grant, please follow the below directions:

1. Ensure that you are using either Mozilla Firefox or Chrome browsers to access our portal. Please do not use Internet Explorer as it may cause unintended technical difficulties.

2. You must first log into the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal by visiting:

a. If you are a returning grantee, your username is the first half of your email address (for

instance “janedoe” is the username of; if you don’t know your

password, select “Can’t access your account?” and follow the instructions. If you are a

first-time user of any No Kid Hungry grants portal, please create an account by clicking

“New User?” and follow the instructions provided.

3. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, please reset your password here or email our help desk at

4. To begin your application, please click the following link: Cooking Matters Grant



5. Complete the application and click “save and next” before hitting “submit”.

Have Questions?

Please direct inquiries about the application or programming to For technical support related to the grant portal, please contact

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