Eat Play Grow Micro-Grant now open!

Eat Play Grow Micro-Grant now open!

We’ve sweetened the pot to encourage Idaho public library staff to apply for the final year of the EatPlayGrow™ program. Your library can receive up to $500 to support health programming efforts aimed at preschoolers and their parents. Applications for this micro-grant program are open now through January 10, 2018.


EatPlayGrow™ was developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) in partnership with the National Institutes of Health. The free curriculum breaks down healthy habits into a storytime format that librarians are comfortable presenting and parents and young children find engaging.  Extensive research showed the curriculum and activities are effective in changing parent and family behavior. Idaho’s adapted version of the program is supported by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation. 


ICfL will provide a free book for families after each of the five sessions and up to $500 in funds that can be used to purchase healthy snacks, art supplies, promotional materials, manipulatives, and/or hardcover books to support the lessons. You can also use the funds to contract with Spanish-speaking presenters.


These are the program requirements:

  • All program sessions (5 or more) need to take place in 2018
  • The program should serve a minimum of 10 families
  • A community partner is required (not a Friends of the Library group)
  • Complete a summary report two weeks after the last program session
  • Survey a sampling of participating parents during the last two sessions
  • ICfL will host a webinar for the successful applicants in January. Please attend or watch the recorded version.


Applications are due January 10, 2018. For more information and application, visit

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