Funding and Grant Opportunities
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1. Action for Healthy Kids-Kellogg’s School Breakfast to School Wellness Partnership
- Aim—To increase participation in school breakfast and physical activity plans by providing both strategic support and funds to expand programs within a district.
- Amount—around 1,000 schools will be awarded funds yearly ranging from $500 to $5,000. Schools will also receive expertise and people power to help implement a successful project that leads to sustainable change.
- Deadlines—Applications due in the summer, awarded schools notified in the fall. Mid project report due in December and final project report due the following May.
2. Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation Fund
- Aim—Grants to qualified organizations that support children’s health and wellness.
- Amount—one time contribution of $1,000-$5,000
- Deadline— closed for 2014 cycle, check website for updates.
3. Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant
- Aim—To initiate, expand and improve physical education programs in schools at any grade level K-12. Recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state physical education standards (aimed at three year projects).
- Amount—$100,000-$750,000 available.
- Deadline—Due each spring.
4. Fuel Up To Play 60
- Aim—encourage participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program and maximize participation in the National School Lunch Program.
- Amount—Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualifying K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes. To qualify for the competitive, nationwide funding program, schools must participate in the National School Lunch Program and have a registered program advisor.
- Deadline— June 16, 2015 for 2015-16 school year.
- See Physical Activity section (Local programs) for more details on Fuel Up to Play 60.
5. KaBoom! Playground grants
- Aim—Engage citizens and civic leaders actively seeking innovative ways to improve the accessibility, quality, and quantity of play and play spaces for children.
- Build it with KaBOOM! Playground Grant – Bring outdoor play to your community by working with KaBOOM! and their corporate partners. Receive $8,500 to be used toward playground equipment.
- Build it Yourself Playground Grant – Kick-off a new, self-guided playground project with funds to be used towards playground equipment. Receive up to $15,000 toward playground equipment.
- Creative Play Grant – With their custom built loose parts, Imagination Playground and Rigamajig encourage creativity, communication, and collaboration in play.
6. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
- Aim—To help build better schools and communities, preference for proposals that have permanent impact such as facility enhancement.
- Amount— $2,000-$5,000.
- Deadline—application cycles vary, watch the website for updates.
7. National PTA & Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation
- Smart from the Start Community Outreach Grant
- Aim—provide PTA regions, districts, and councils with tools and resources to educate families of children ages 3-5 and partner with a local neighborhood community to improve awareness of energy balance.
- Amount—10 grants of $10,000 each to PTA regions, districts and councils.
- Deadline—currently closed for 2014-2015.
- Healthy Lifestyles Energy Balance 101 Grant
- Aim—provide grants to 25 PTAs of grades PreK -5 across the country to partner with schools during the 2013-14 school year on the issue of energy balance.
- Amount—$2,000 to each PTA.
- Deadline—currently closed for 2014-2015.
8. Oliver Foundation
- Aim—Awarded to Texas non-profit organizations, agencies and schools (Pre-School, Elementary, Middle School children) that demonstrate the greatest need and likelihood of a sustainable impact on children’s nutrition and activity levels through innovative programs.
- Amount—Varies from $750 to $3000 by individual/campus-wide application.
- Deadline—Rolling deadline for applications: April 15th, July 15th and October 15th.
9. Presidential Youth Fitness Program
- Aim—Provides a model for fitness education within a comprehensive, quality physical education program. Provides resources and tools for physical educators to enhance their fitness education process. $10 million from the General Mills Foundation has been committed over six years to help implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in schools nationwide. Public and private schools employing a certified physical education teacher are eligible to apply. PreK/K schools or those serving only students in grades K-2 or K-3 are NOT eligible.
- Amount—Funding opportunity will cover 100% of the cost for the items listed in application (based on budget proposed in the application – averages ~$2500)
- Deadline—Applications for the Round 3 funding opportunity will be accepted online from Jan. 1 through Feb. 9, 2015.
10. Team Nutrition Training Grants and Healthier US School Challenge
- Aim—Supporting the implementation of USDA’s nutrition requirements and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in meals served in schools and child care institutions.
- Amount— $500-$2,000.
- Deadline—applications accepted March through May.
- Apply via website http://www.grants.gov/
11. United Way of Greater Houston
- Aim— One-time, short-term funding awarded to non-profit organizations in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, or Waller Counties for projects that benefit the community.
- Amount— $1,000-$10,000.
- Deadline— Attendance at a Community Building Grants funding conference during the current calendar year is required prior to applying for the grant. During the conference, attendees will be provided with grant information including how to submit proposals using United Way’s online grant management system. Three funding cycles in 2015: April, July, and September with application deadlines one week after the conferences. Interested applicants can access application questions online; however, all applications must be received through the grant management system.
12. USDA Farm to School Grant
- Aim— To assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, money is awarded for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.
- Amount— up to $5 million.
- Deadline— Closed for the FY 2015. Check website for updates on FY 2016.
13. Walmart State Giving Program
- Aim— Provides grants to nonprofits that serve underserved populations and align with the Walmart Foundation’s giving focus areas such as Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating.
- Deadline—For Texas, use Application Cycle 1 (Jan-Feb) & 3 (Jun-Jul).
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1. American Academy of Pediatrics Grants Database
- Database with information on grants funded through the CATCH Program, the Healthy Tomorrows Program, the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative and the Healthy People 2010 Chapter Grants dating back to 1989.
- Search for grants by target population, health topic, project activity, state/territory, program, district, and year.
- Each grant will display a record, which includes a description of the project and goals and objectives.
- Find and apply for federal grants. The searchable database houses information on over 1,000 grant programs from all 26 federal grant-making agencies.
- Database to locate foundation grant funding, federal government grants, state and local grants.
- Subscription required to access full information.
4. Peaceful Playgrounds
- School Playground and Garden grants
- Listing of grants schools can use to secure funding.
- Grant Writing Resources
- “Ten Tips for Getting Your School Grant Funded”
- Free Webinar – Grant Writing For Beginners
- Grant writing templates
- Free PEP Grant Application assistance
5. SPARK Grant Resources
- Grant-Finder Tool
- Locate funding for Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, Classroom Activity, or Coordinated School Health program.
- Searchable database by state and program type
- Grant Writing Tools including guidelines, tips and sample text.
6. United Way of Greater Houston
- Their Resource Library is a comprehensive funder database available to help identify potential grant opportunities.
- The library can also provide access to the Foundation Directory Online, which contains nearly 100,000 U.S. foundations and corporate donors.
7. USDA Food and Nutrition Service
- Grant Writing 101 Webinar – recipe for successful Team Nutrition Grants.