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Grant Funding for Healthy Lifestyles in 2016

Wed, Jan 6, 2016 @ 15:01 PM / by Mary Ross

Happy New Year from The Grant Helpers!


We know that each new year brings new possibilities; this is the time when people are setting resolutions and are ready to make life changes. Many people are resolving to lose weight, quit smoking, or eat better, and many organizations are resolved to promoting such active lifestyle changes. We at The Grant Helpers are resolved to help find the funding you need to support these resolutions! This two-part blog series will help you find the grants you are looking for.

Toward that end, here are a few foundations with the goal of getting people healthy.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation encourages running with its App. For every mile logged with the App, Saucony donates one dollar to a cause aimed at keeping kids healthy and moving. Your organization could be one of Saucony’s causes. If your goal is to keep kids “healthy and active,” you can apply for a grant to help your program. Grants are awarded twice per year, once in February and once in August. Grant deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1, so there is still time for your program to be considered for the February award. Check out the grant guide on their website for information on who The Saucony Run For Good Foundation supports and to apply. Saucony has already donated over a million dollars; your program could be next.  


The Robert McCormick Foundation supports community health centers, school-based health centers, and programs dealing with obesity awareness, prevention, and treatment. Grants are awarded only to non-profits with 501(c)3 designations and application information can be found on the foundation’s website. Grant seekers should apply by state through the related charities and programs listed on the website.  To see if your program qualifies and to start the application process, follow our link to The Robert McCormick Foundations webpage.


Supporting nine different grants, Let’s Move is aimed at getting school kids active. Schools looking to improve their physical fitness programs can apply for grants based on the program that works best for their school. Most grants range from $1,000-$5,000 and are program-specific. Just by signing up on-line, your school has access to physical fitness resources and information. Take a look at the range of program grants available on the Let's Move website. For instance, the New Balance Foundation’s Billion Mile Race grant supports school-based walking and running programs. The deadline to apply for this grant is Feb. 5, so don’t walk, but run to the website to learn more about how you can apply. 


In the second part of this blog series we will look at grants that address smoking cessation and more healthful eating habits. Until then, we can help you find a lot more opportunities with our search experience and subscriptions to many grant database services. Contact Tammi at The Grant Helpers to see how we can find the grant you need and work with you to create an application that attracts those funds.

Topics: education, after school program, food grants, health grants, 501(c)(3), nonprofit, grants for gardens, hunger, poverty health grants, poverty, nutrition for kids, grants, kids meals

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