School Health Funding Alert


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The School Health Funding Alert is a service from the School Health Program of the Texas Department of State Health Services. The information below provides funding opportunities for school districts and organizations that serve school-age populations. The information is organized in three sections:

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The grants presented here were drawn from some of the following sources:



Active Lifestyle Grants Programs
Organization: Finish Line Foundation
Purpose: Provides support youth athletic programs and programs that support an active lifestyle.
Award Amount: $1,000-5,000
Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (possibly Dec. 31)

After School/Physical Education Grants
Organization: Safeway Foundation
The Safeway Foundation supports numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs. Local grants are reviewed biannually. For grant requests that are national or multi-regional in scope, requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis.
Award Amount: $2,500 - $10,000
Deadline: Rolling

Find Your Balance Challenge
Organization: Together Counts Foundation
Purpose: Provides support youth athletic programs and programs that support an active lifestyle.
Award Amount: $30,000 Grant prize, $10,00 Second Place, and $5000 Third Place
Funding Cycle: Annually - Check Website

Fitness Program Grants
Organization: Good Sports
Purpose: Provides athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide.
Award Amount: Vary
Funding Cycle: Annually - Check Website

Finish Line Youth Foundation Grants
Organization: The Finish Line Youth Foundation
Purpose: The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports youth programs that are effective and inclusive, funding opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle.
Award Amount: $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline: Rolling – Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis.

Hasbro Local Grant Making
Organization: Hasbro
Purpose: Play for children who otherwise would not be able to experience that joy
Funding Cycle: Check website
Award Amount: Varies

Healthy Habits
Organization: MetLife Foundation
Purpose: MetLife Foundation supports projects to empower people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities. The Foundation makes grants in health, education, civic affairs and culture. Underlying the Foundation's programs is a focus on education at all ages and a commitment to increasing access and opportunity. The Healthy Habits program seeks to promote healthy habits and physical fitness for illness prevention, especially among children.
Award Amount:  Award amounts vary
Deadline:  Rolling. Requests are accepted and reviewed throughout the year.

Let's Play Grant
Organization: Playful City USA
Program/Grant: Let’s Play Grant Program
Purpose: Funds to be used for the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! Community-build-model.
Funding cycle: Check website
Award Amount: $20,000
Eligibility: Non-profits and government subdivisions. Must purchase equipment from KaBOOM! preferred vendor and use online tools. This is a challenge grant. See website for further details.
Contact info: ; 202-464-6195

Live Positively Fitness Center!
Organization: The National Foundation For Governors’ Fitness Councils National Champion School Campaign
All public elementary and middle schools in Texas are welcome to apply
Award Amount: $100,000 Live Positively Fitness Center!
Funding cycle:  Check website  To download the nomination form and application criteria, please click on the Texas state seal.

Miracle’s Grants for America’s School’s Program
Organization: Miracle Recreation Equipment Company
Purpose: $5 million in Miracle’s Grant Fund Program, which funds the purchase of Miracle playground equipment and installation.
Funding cycle:
Check website
Award Amount: Unspecified
Eligibility: Applicants must coordinate with Miracle representative to complete and submit application.
Contact info: 888-458-2752

Run for Good Grant
Organization: Saucony
Program/Grant: Run for Good
Purpose: Improve lives of children by preventing and reducing childhood obesity and promoting healthy lifestyles for youth.
Funding: Cycle: Check website
Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Dec. 31 possibly check website.
Eligibility: Varies

Safe Routes to School
Organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Purpose: A network of more than 400 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals working together to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) movement in the United States. SRTS can provide a variety of important benefits to children and their communities, including increasing physical activity, reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and enhancing neighborhood safety. Visit the SRTS website for updates on current national and state grants.
Award Amount: Award amounts vary
Deadline: Deadlines vary by state – check website


No Child Hungry Grant
Organization: No Child Hungry Foundation
Purpose: Providing students access to healthy and nutritious meals is the focus of No Kid Hungry Foundation grants. Currently, the foundation supports projects that increase access to summer meal programs, school breakfast and after-school snacks and meals. Plus, advocacy efforts, including anti-hunger issues and needs and educating families about SNAP and the Women, Infants, and Children programs. Interested schools can submit letters of inquiry year-round.
Funding Cycle: Summer Programming
Award Amount: Average grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.
Eligibility: non-profits and Preference will be given to schools located within a 50 mile radius of a Jamba Juice store

School Gardens Grants
Organization: Whole Kids Foundation
Purpose: School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems, and community awareness, not to mention an appreciation for food from seed to plate.
Funding cycle: Check website
Award Amount: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified

Youth Garden Grant
Organization: National Garden Association (NGA)
Purpose: National Garden Association (NGA) awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.
Funding cycle:
Check website  
Award Amount: $500 one time
Deadline: Check website
Eligibility: Schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States are eligible. Applicants must plan to garden with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 years.

The Wal-Mart Foundation
Organization: Wal-Mart
Purpose: The Wal-Mart Foundation supports programs and initiatives addressing hunger relief & healthy eating; sustainability; women's economic empowerment; and career opportunity. Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, K-12 schools, church or faith based organizations, and government entities are eligible to apply.
Award Amount: $250 - $2,500
Deadline:  December 31, 2015



Aetna Healthy Eating Active Living Grants
Organization: Aetna Foundation: Regional Grants
Purpose:  The Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program – GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities – funds community wellness initiatives aligned with Healthy Eating and Active Living focus area in designated funding locations. Grants will support local initiatives that promote eating fresh fruits and vegetables and being physically active, to prevent obesity and many chronic health conditions. Grants will target underserved, low-income and minority communities.
Award Amount: $25,000-50,000
Funding Cycle: Check website
Deadline: Check website

Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant
Organization: U.S. Department of Education
Purpose: The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to school districts and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education and nutrition programs, including after-school, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. SPARK has worked with many successful PEP grant recipients to implement standards-based and field-tested physical education and nutrition programs, and we would love to help your district reach your PEP grant goals.
Award Amount: $100,000 - $750,000
Deadline: TBD – Check website

CDC Grants for Health and Physical Activity
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Program/Grant: Database of grants for health and physical activity
Purpose: Decrease childhood obesity get kids active 60 min a day
Cycle: Check website
Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility: Varies

Champions for Healthy Kids
Organization: General Mills
Purpose: nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.
Award Amount: $5,000
Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website
Eligibility: Organizations must have a current 501(c)(3) Public Charity status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), be a school or a unit of government.
Contact Info:

Champions for Healthy Kids Academy Nutrition & Dietetics
Organization: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Purpose: Promoting healthy lifestyles for kids and families
Award Amount: $20,000
Funding Cycle: Annually
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, health departments, government agencies, schools, Native American Tribes
Contact Info:
Katie Brown – 800-877-1600, Ext. 4847,

CVS Community Grants for School Wellness and Prevention Programs
Organization: CVS Caremark
Purpose: To provide much-needed access to health care for underserved populations; wellness and prevention programs that are aimed at helping people achieve their best health, including programs in public schools.
Funding Cycle: Check website
Award Amount: $5,000
Eligibility: All nonprofit organizations applying for a Community Grant for this type of program ARE REQUIRED to provide their EIN number as part of the eligibility quiz.
Contact Info: Regional Contacts on website

Fuel Up to Play 60
Organization: National Football League
Purpose: NFL Movement for an Active Generation
Funding Cycle: Two times a year. Deadlines in November and June
Award Amount: $4,000
Eligibility: Schools. Applications must contain both Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plans

HealthierUS School Challenge
Organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Purpose: A voluntary certification initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity. Monetary incentive awards are available for each HUSSC award level: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Gold Award of Distinction. Schools can submit an application at any time during the year.
Award Amount: $500 - $2000
Deadline: Rolling

Humana Foundation Grants
Organization: Humana Foundation
Purpose: To support an organization that is focused on initiatives in Childhood health - supporting efforts that improve physical activity and nutritional habits of children and families; Intergenerational health - fostering shared, healthy activities between generations or Active lifestyles - promoting fun, physically active living as a way of life. We accept proposals from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in areas where Humana has business presence.
Award Amount: Prefer greater than $10,000
Deadlines vary by location; greatest consideration is given to proposals submitted between November 1-January 15. Check website for deadline.

Kellogg Foundation Grants
Organization: Kellogg Foundation
Program/Grant: Various grants in their focus areas
Purpose: Educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement.
Funding Cycle: Rolling
Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility: Your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Purpose: The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation's primary goal is to support and initiate programs that directly serve the needs of children living in urban poverty. Priority is given to initiatives addressing children's health, education, and microfinance, as well as initiatives in India and Central Texas that specifically address the needs of children. The Foundation is determined to reverse the trend in childhood obesity by supporting national school-based programs that engage teachers, students and their community in healthy eating choices and regular physical activity. To apply for a grant, go to and then to the Grants tab.
Award Amount: Award amounts vary
Deadline: Deadlines vary by application

Oliver Foundation’s Health Choices Grants –
Description: The Oliver Foundation is offering Level 1 and Level 2 Healthy Choices grants.  Level 1 grants are awarded for a single school year or a summer program to campus-level, grade-level, teacher and summer programs.  Programs that meet the Level 1 requirements will be considered for a $750-$3000 grant award.  Level 2 grants are awarded for a two-year or longer program and are intended to create a long-term sustainable program at the campus level.  Programs that meet the Level 2 requirements will be considered for a $3000 to $5,000 grant award.  For more information, go to.
Deadline: Deadline: October 15, 2015

Voices for Healthy Kids Request for Award
Organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Heart Association
Purpose: Voices for Healthy Kids is a new collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Voices for Healthy Kids Strategic Campaign Fund is awarding grants with a mix of lobbying and non-lobbying resources to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns aligned with the Voices for Healthy Kids policy priorities. Applications will be evaluated by an independent review committee and announcement of awards will be made approximately 6-8 weeks after submission.
Award Amount: $90,000 for 6 awards
Eligibility: Awards are available for 501(c)(3) organizations to support strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on fighting childhood obesity aligned with six advocacy priorities.
Deadline: Rolling

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For questions about the Funding Alert or suggestions for qualifying web sites, contact the School Health Program at or phone 512-776-7279.


Last updated September 24, 2015