The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation is accepting applications from nonprofit groups for its annual Neighborhood Grant program.
The Sprouts Neighborhood Grant program is available to nonprofit programs that support children’s health and nutrition education.
“Through Neighborhood Grants, we’re working to shift the landscape of health by focusing on programs that empower children with the access, knowledge, confidence and desire to make healthier food choices so that they can grow up to become healthier adults,” said Lyndsey Waugh, executive director of the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation. “The nearly 200 local grant recipients that have received funding since the Foundation was formed in 2015 are key partners in helping to achieve our mission of changing how children understand nutrition.”
Online applications are being accepted through May 31. Sprouts shoppers can support local organizations in their communities between April 21 and May 1 by participating in the in-store register round up, donating change from their shopping.
In 2018, the Foundation awarded 85 neighborhood grants totaling $550,000, supported by in-store roundup campaigns and funds from the Foundation.
Among 2018 grant recipients: Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS), helping students improve academic skills, school attendance and behavior, while building confidence and self-esteem; Sproutin’ Up in Fort Collins, Colorado, developing education standards based in health and science that teach healthy living, sustainable agriculture and community health through hands-on gardening experiences and activities; and Education Outside in San Francisco, creating school garden curriculum featuring cooking and tasting activities designed to help third to fifth graders understand their local food system and develop lifelong eating habits.
The Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation was founded in 2015 to drive lasting change in the health of the communities in which Sprouts operates. To date, the Foundation has donated more than $7 million to 260 nonprofits supporting health and wellness-related causes.
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. specializes in fresh, natural and organic products. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Sprouts employs more than 30,000 team members and operates more than 300 stores in 19 states from coast to coast.