The holidays are over and hopefully so is the over-eating, sitting in the car driving from party to party, and school break. It’s time to get back to eating right and exercising. Most important in this effort are children. Below we have selected four grants that are aimed at keeping kids healthy and also supporting physical education efforts in schools.
This private foundation puts a focus on increasing access to health, building demand for healthy choices, and promoting healthy behaviors, especially in low-income, disadvantaged children. Non-profit organizations located in the United States are eligible to apply. Fundable programs include those that employ strategies that support wellness instead of treating disease and promote wellness in a wide variety of settings. In the past, the foundation has awarded grants ranging from $500 to several million dollars. As a guideline, the foundation generally will not fund more than 25 percent of a project’s budget or more than 10 percent of an organization’s total annual operating expenses. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.
These two entities have joined together to keep kids healthy. The Voices for Healthy Kids Initiative aims to engage, organize, and mobilize people dedicated to ensuring children grow up at a healthy weight. Efforts are focused on schools, communities, out-of-school time/early care and education. There are 16 different “policy levers,” grantable categories. These range from healthy food procurement to physical education in schools to early care and education and out-of-school time policy changes. There are four different types of grants, each funding their own initiatives. All initiatives are a different way to keep kids healthy, and grant funding ranges from $15,000-$100,000. The next open call for applications will be March 1 with a deadline of April 1.
Keeping kids active can start in the schools and a Good Sports Equipment Grant can help make sure schools have the equipment necessary. Schools must serve economically disadvantaged children aged 3-18. Approved applications will receive access to the Good Sports catalog of available inventory, which displays the equipment, apparel, and footwear that is available at the current time. Grantees will then be able to use up to six total donation requests over a two-year period, with a maximum of three donation requests per year. Shipping and handling costs are the responsibility of the grant winner and always equal 10% of the retail value of the donated items. In November, Good Sports partnered with Target to hand out P.E. and recess boxes filled with foam balls, jump ropes, soccer balls, and more to 200 schools in 20 cities across the country.
Keeping kids active can be a fun endeavor. WUFOO funds grants to help equip schools with materials to host a race, walk-a-thon, or fun-run event. The package includes a set of numbered race bibs, a finish line banner, wristbands for student participants, a Bluetooth speaker, an airhorn and a gift card to purchase healthy snacks like fruit and water. Priority will be given to applicants who plan to use the Fun Run Grant to complement and support the activities of a school walk/run club. Up to 50 Fun Run Grants will be awarded. Preference will be given to spring 2017 events, yet applications for fall 2017 events will also be considered. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Winners will be determined and grant packages will be shipped no later than March 15. To be eligible, schools must enroll in the Billion Mile Race at www.billionmilerace.org and then fill out a simple form on the WUFOO Fun Run Grant webpage linked above.
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