Did you know the average school budget for Physical Education is only $764 per year? And that 48% of all high schools have no PE? Plus, despite an increase in obesity in children, there is no federal law requiring physical education to be provided to students in the American education system. Often, physical education departments in schools have to look for outside funding like those found in grant opportunities. Below is a list of just a few of the grants designed to help schools get and keep kids active.
Part of the Play 60 NFL Program, the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant program awards grants to K-12 schools to improve physical activities in schools. Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools to encourage healthy changes. The next deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 16. Funds awarded will be used in the 2015-2016 school year. The focus for this year’s grant program is on several different areas to improve physical education including in-class physical activity breaks, dance activities, and recess improvements that could cover physical playground improvements.
Applications for grants from the Coca-Cola Foundation are accepted year round. The foundation supports several community priorities, including active healthy living. There is no maximum grant award. Only online applications are accepted. Since its inception in 1984, The Coca-Cola Foundation has given back more than $650 million to communities around the world.
Schools could partner with non-profit organizations to apply for a grant from the Finish Line Youth Foundation. This foundation supports youth athletic programs as well as sports and active lifestyle camps. Camps that serve disadvantaged and special needs children are given special priority. Grants may cover programs or projects as well as scholarships to help youth attend camps. Grants normally range from $1,000-$5,000. Applications are accepted on a quarterly basis. The next deadline is March 31.
Elementary and secondary schools in 32 counties in northwestern Wisconsin are eligible for this grant program from the Security Health Plan Foundation. To see the eligible counties, visit the webpage linked above. Although this program is targeted toward a limited geographic area, the amount available ($25,000) makes this worth mentioning. These grants can be used to start new projects or to improve programs already in existence. Programs geared toward behavioral and dental health, or those that seek to extend health coverage to uninsured students, will be given special consideration. Security Health Plan Foundation will award $150,000 in grant awards this year. Letters of intent are due Feb. 27.
The U.S. Department of Education normally awards millions of dollars in funding through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in grades K-12. However, no new grants are being awarded for this school year. New grants will be awarded for the 2015-2016 school year. The deadline for applications has not been announced although it is expected applications will be due in April. Check back here for deadline announcements.
The Presidential Youth Fitness Program is technically not a grant program but instead provides the FITNESSGRAM assessment, training, and awards for students. Schools chosen to receive the program will not receive a check since resources are sent directly from the supplier. This is a three-year program. A generous donation of $10 million from the General Mills Foundation (the largest donation in the foundation’s history) has been committed over six years to help implement the Presidential Youth Fitness Program in schools nationwide.
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