The National Dairy Council has partnered with General Mills Foodservice for the fourth consecutive year to offer Fuel Up Breakfast Grants - providing children an opportunity for a nutritious breakfast aimed at jumpstarting their school day. Schools looking to develop or expand their breakfast programs can apply to receive up to $2,000 in funding through the grant program. Over the last three years, the grant program has provided more than $260,000 in funds and has significantly increased breakfast participation in the classroom by offering nutritious choices such as yogurt parfaits, fruit, whole grain cereals and low-fat and fat-free yogurt.

A total of $50,000 is available to eligible schools for the 2012-13 school year and online applications available at will be accepted through July 31, 2012.

"We are honored to work with General Mills Foodservice to help bring nutritious breakfast options to the school environment and provide students with the resources they need to make healthy choices," said Jean H. Ragalie, RD, president of National Dairy Council, the organization behind Fuel Up to Play 60. "In this time of economic challenges and time constraints, it is more important than ever to create an environment that makes eating healthy and staying active attainable within any type of budget in any school district."

The Fuel Up Breakfast Grant is open to schools within the United States who participate in the National School Breakfast Program and are enrolled in the National Dairy Council "Fuel Up to Play 60" program for the 2012-13 school year. "Fuel Up to Play 60" is a partnership between the National Dairy Council and the National Football League to empower youth to take action to improve nutrition and physical activity at their school and for their own health.

Through the Fuel Up Breakfast Grants more than 100 schools have improved student access to high-quality, nourishing foods through breakfast programs such as breakfast in the classroom, grab 'n' go breakfast from a cart, or a second chance breakfast after the first class period. During the grant period, breakfast participation increased 94 percent.

Schools applying for a Fuel Up Breakfast Grant must participate in the USDA School Breakfast Program, have support from their school principal, district school nutrition director and school nutrition manager, have school enrollment of at least 500, have a breakfast participation level less than 40 percent, and demonstrate an opportunity to raise breakfast participation.

Applicants will be notified by August 15, 2012, as to whether their school's application has been approved or declined. Educators can visit for more information and to access the grant application.