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The mission of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program (COPRP) of the Arkansas Children's Hospital Research Institute is to address childhood obesity prevention through a coordinated community-based approach targeting modifiable individual risk behaviors, environmental risk factors, and state and national risk reduction policies. Our approach is focused on food systems and sustainable agriculture strategies, including school and community gardens and farm to school programming
Since 2010, the COPRP has funded 10 school gardens around the state. With funding from a variety of external sources, the COPRP will release an annual request for applications (RFA) for new school garden awards and supplemental awards for existing school gardens funded originally through the COPRP. This year the School Garden Award Program is sponsored through partnership funding from Bank of America and The Charles Preston Winters Foundation.
Supplemental School Garden Awards will range from $500-$2000 each to schools that have previously receiving funding from COPRP. For a list of eligible schools, visit this link.
New School Garden Awards will be made in the amount of $7,000 each to schools that do not currently have an existing fruit and vegetable garden, but wish to build one. For a list of eligibility requirements for these awards, please visit this link.


Award timeline:

  • Application deadline: June 1, 2014
  • Notification of award: June 30, 2014
  • Initial site visit (primary coordinator must be present): August 2014 ( TBD with each school)
  • Orientation and training at ACHRI, Little Rock: August 29, 2014
  • Initial Planning Report due: September 30, 2014
  • Mid-term expense and progress reports due: December 1, 2014
  • Final expense and progress reports due: May 2015


Schools receiving a new award will receive:

  • $7,000 to build a new school fruit and vegetable garden. This can include building a garden from "scratch", or adding a fruit and vegetable garden to an existing "other" garden (e.g. adding a fruit and vegetable garden to an existing butterfly garden)
  • Trainings for teachers and key garden stakeholders at ACHRI in Little Rock (sample topics include how to integrate school gardens into core and elective curricula, gardening 101, etc.)
  • Multiple site visits and consultation from COPRP staff
  • Ongoing technical support from COPRP staff
  • Recipe Book, Garden Guide and Delta Garden Study Curriculum (if appropriate)
  • Schools receiving a supplemental award will receive:
  • $500 to $2000 cash award to maintain and sustain their current school garden (fruits and vegetables)
  • Trainings for teachers and key garden stakeholders at ACHRI in Little Rock (sample topics include how to integrate school gardens into core and elective curricula, volunteer recruitment, etc.)
  • Multiple site visits and consultation from COPRP staff
  • Ongoing technical support from COPRP staff
  • Recipe Book, Garden Guide and Delta Garden Study Curriculum (if appropriate)


Application Requirements:  All applications will be submitted electronically using the following link and must include these items:

  • Contact Information
  • Correct Award Type Selected
  • Completed Application Questions (There are three questions)
  • Completed Budget
  • Letters of Support From:
    • School Principal
    • Community Member
    • Additional letters may be sent but are not required


Cover page information (That you will enter into our online application):
Name of School:
Address of School:
County:
Name of Key Contact:
Primary Coordinator's Position Within School:
Phone number of Primary Coordinator:
Email address of Primary Coordinator:
If the Primary Coordinator is not available to notify for award status on June 30, and/or to receive a check in July , please list an alternate contact person for someone who will be available at those times:
Name of Alternate Contact Person:
Phone number of alternate contact person:
Email of alternate contact person:

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