Initiatives

Healthy Start Awards


The Healthy Start award recognizes Massachusetts school-based leaders who contribute to the educational success of the whole child by addressing their nutritional needs. Healthy Start awards will be presented along with $500 to each qualifying school at the first annual Healthy Start Awards Ceremony on May 20th, 2014 hosted at the Massachusetts State House.

To Qualify

Schools must reach and maintain for at least two months, 80% or higher average daily participation (ADP) in their school breakfast program during the 2013-2014 school year.

Applications are due Friday March 28, 2014 by 5:00pm. School Principals are invited to apply by completing the form below and submitting it to Award@eosfoundation.org. For more information, call 617-390-8820. Eos will review applications from qualifying schools and share award decisions by the week of April 28th.

2014 Healthy Start Award Information

2014 Healthy Start Award Application

Nourishing Kids Initiative
First Focus: Breakfast in the Classroom


2014 Grants for School Districts and Individual Schools

PURPOSE: To provide grant funds to school districts and individual schools, both district and charter, that seek to increase school breakfast participation to 80% or more via a universal free school breakfast delivered after the bell and in the classroom for low-income children in grades K-8 in Massachusetts.

The Eos Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in children’s futures. The goal of the Nourishing Kids Initiative (NKI) is to combat childhood hunger by increasing access to, and consumption of, nutritious food for low-income children where they live, learn, and play.

Districts and schools selected for a grant award are expected to a) serve low-income children in grades K-8, and b) achieve a minimum of 80% Average Daily Participation (ADP) in school breakfast by offering a universal free (UF), after-the-bell (ATB), breakfast in the classroom (BIC) program.


RFP Dates and Deadlines

Eos Foundation

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.


Application Requirements

School district applications require:

A completed Letter of Intent, due by 5:00pm on Friday, January 31. This is found on page 7 of the 2014 RFP for School Districts; see link below.

The monthly school meals report for October 2013.


If your district is invited to submit a full proposal, you will need to submit the following:

A completed Grant Application, due by 5:00pm on Thursday, March 13. This is found on page 10 of the 2014 RFP for School Districts; see link below.

The monthly school meals report for January 2014.

School breakfast and lunch participation rates – use the 2014 District RFP Template – Breakfast and Lunch ADP Rates, see link below.

Workplan; use the 2014 District RFP Template – Workplan; see link below

Budget; use the 2014 District RFP Template – Budget; see link below

Letters of support.


Individual school applications require:

A completed Letter of Intent, due by 5:00pm on Friday, January 31. This is found on page 7 of the 2014 RFP for Individual Schools; see link below.

The monthly school meals report for October 2013.


If your school is invited to submit a full proposal, you will need to submit the following:

A completed Grant Application, due by 5:00pm on Thursday, March 13. This is found on page 10 of the 2014 RFP for Individual Schools; see link below.

The monthly school meals report for January 2014.

Workplan; use the 2014 School RFP Template – Workplan; see link below.

Budget; use the 2014 School RFP Template – Budget; see link below.

Letters of support.


All documents should be submitted via email to RFP@EosFoundation.org.



Grants for School Districts

2014 RFP for School Districts

2014 District RFP Template - Breakfast and
Lunch ADP Rates

2014 District RFP Template - Workplan

2014 District RFP Template - Budget


Grants for Individual Schools

2014 RFP for Individual Schools

2014 School RFP Template - Workplan

2014 School RFP Template - Budget




Changing the Equation

The affordability of healthful food is a complex structural issue in our country that often goes unaddressed in the discourse of contemporary public debate. It is at the heart of the public conversation on hunger and food insecurity which lead to poor nutrition and its effects, including alarming rates of obesity and preventable chronic disease in our country, particularly among low- income individuals.

Solving this affordability issue is critical to the well-being of our cities, our regions, and our nation. Each year the Eos Foundation recognizes a small number of innovators for their sustained and significant efforts to change the equation on the affordability of healthful food for low-income people. Winners receive a one-time unrestricted $25,000 award. By recognizing these leaders, Eos seeks to inspire others to take action to change the equation on the affordability of healthful food in their communities.


Boston Rising

Boston Rising is an initiative of the Eos Foundation. Our investments focus on breaking the cycle of poverty by tackling the wealth gap. One of our main areas of focus in tackling the wealth gap will be on asset development strategies such as college savings accounts, and individual development accounts, among others. The primary focus is a multi year, multi million dollar commitment to the Grove Hall neighborhood in Boston.