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 four sections:

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

Physical Activity

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

Batters Up USA Equipment Grant
Organization: Batters Up USA
Purpose: The Batters Up USA Equipment grant provides baseball/softball equipment, primarily bats, balls, tee ball sets, helmets, catcher’s gear, and bases to local organizations serving girls and boys up to age 13.
Eligibility: Recreational programs serving boys and girls up to age 13; preference is given to programs serving a high percentage of youth in need.
Award: Equipment as available
Funding Cycle: Check website for details on or after March 15, 2016

Billion Mile Race Grants
Organization: New Balance Foundation
: Grant opportunities for schools integrating walking and running into the school day. Check website for specific details details on the different grants offered: Kickstart, Innovation, Leadership grants.
Eligibility: Preference given to schools with high percentage of low income students
Award Amounts: Fifty $500 microgrants
Deadline: Check website – deadlines posted: November 20, 2015 and February 4, 2016

Find Your Balance Challenge
Organization: Together Counts Foundation
Purpose: Provides support to youth athletic programs and programs that support an active lifestyle.
Award Amount: $30,000 Grand Prize, $10,000 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; additional may be available for special circumstances
Deadline: Rolling – Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis.

Organization: Kids in the Game
: Grants are awarded to schools committed to increasing physical activity and encouraging students to live active and healthy lives.
Deadline: Check website for 2016 deadline, 2015 deadline was June 1st

Good Sports Equipment Grant
Organization: Good Sports
: This grant is designed to provide equipment to organizations that operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children.
Eligibility: Directly serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area of North America between ages 3 and 18
Award Amount: Equipment depending on availability and request
Funding Cycle: Rolling, no deadline

Hasbro Local Grant Making
Organization: Hasbro
Purpose: This grant is designed to aid in providing play for children who otherwise would not be able to experience that joy.
Funding Cycle: Check website
Award Amount: Varies

Let’s Move! Active Schools Enrollment and Progress Incentives
Organization: Let’s Move! Active Schools
: Enrollment incentives are discounts designed to make it easier for schools to purchase physical education/physical activity equipment, program materials, training, and professional memberships. Progress incentives are designed to encourage schools to make progress on their Action Plan.
Award Amount: Variety of discounts and equipment/materials/training prizes
Funding Cycle: Quarterly for Progress Incentives, Rolling opportunities for Enrollment Incentives
Contact Info:

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. A variety of grant options are listed on the website.
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
Eligibility: 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: February 1st and August 1st
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

U.S. Soccer Foundation Grants
Organization: U.S. Soccer Foundation
: The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards Program Grants (annually) and Safe Places to Play Grants (rolling basis) to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives throughout the nation.
Program Grants Funding Cycle:
- Annually in the Fall; Applications available September 1, 2016 – October 7, 2016

- Safe Places to Play Grant Funding Cycle: Rolling; 2016 Applications Due February 5 (LOI January 29), June 3 (LOI May 27), and October 7 (LOI September 30)


Annie’s Grants for Gardens
Organization: Annie’s Homegrown
: These grants for school gardens are aimed at connecting children directly to real food and can be used to purchase gardening tools, seeds, or other needed supplies.
Award Amount: $2,500 for new grantees (30 schools) and $5,000 for returning grantees (3 schools)
Funding Cycle: Annual
Deadline: December 4, 2015

Golden Carrot Award
Organization: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
: The Golden Carrot recognizes food service professionals doing an exceptional job of improving healthfulness of school lunches. The Physicians Committee looks for programs offering lots of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as vegetarian and whole grain options.
Eligibility: School food service programs
Award Amount: $3,000 Grand Prize, up to 4 Runner-Up awards of up to $1,000
Funding Cycle: Annual
Deadline: July 29, 2016

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 schools with preference given to schools located within a 50 mile radius of a Jamba Juice store

Project Produce
Organization: Healthy Skoop and Chef Ann Foundation
: The goal is to get more vegetables and fruits in front of school age children while educating students on nutrition in hopes of positive behavior change.
Award Amount: $2,500
Funding Cycle: Open and ongoing
Deadline: None

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 promotes learning 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, additional grants available throughout the year
Award Amount: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified

Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants
Organization: Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation
: These grants are available for turning ideas into action; specifically these grants are targeted towards youth-led community service projects designed to address childhood hunger.
Award Amount: $400, multiple awards available
Eligibility: Youth ages 5-25 that live in the United States
Deadline: January 15, 2016

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, additional grants available throughout the year
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


Obesity Prevention

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


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
Funding Cycle: Check website
Award Amount: Varies
Eligibility: Varies

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:  Currently unavailable, check website for updates
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, health departments, government agencies, schools, Native American Tribes
Contact Info: Katie Brown – 800-877-1600, Ext. 4847,

Child Obesity Demonstration Project 2.0
Organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Extramural Research Program Office, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Funding Opportunity Number
: RFA-DP-16-004
Purpose: The grant intends to test a model of quality clinical care addressing childhood obesity for U.S. low income children, specifically those enrolled in CHIP or Medicaid.
Eligibility: Check website, many categories of eligible applicants including independent school districts
Award Amount: up to $1,750,000, 2 expected award recipients
Deadline: January 29, 2016

Children’s Obesity Fund Grant Program
Organization: Children’s Obesity Fund
: The Children’s Obesity Fund is interested in matching the fundraising efforts of any organization aligned with their vision of fighting childhood obesity.
Award Amount: To be determined by need and amount requested
Funding Cycle: Ongoing
Eligibility: Typically non-profit organizations, but open to reviewing all applicants

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
 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

Healthy Kids Healthy Families
Organization: Health Care Service Corporation
Purpose: Grants are intended to aid organizations with a goal of improving the health and wellness of children and their families through nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, or supporting safe environments.

Eligibility: Organization holding a 501(c)(3) tax status and directly impacting individuals in either Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas
Funding Cycle: Check website in Spring 2016 for the next funding cycle

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.

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. San Antonio is a 2016 focus area.
Award Amount: Prefer greater than $10,000
Deadline: Letters of Intent (LOI) accepted between December 1 and 15, 2015; selected organizations will be asked to submit an application before January 31, 2016.

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

National Collaboration to Support Health, Wellness and Academic Success of School-Age Children
Organization: Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Funding Opportunity Number
: CDC-RFA-DP16-1601
Purpose: This grant is for promoting and implementing evidence-based policies, practices, and programs in five school health priority areas.
Award Amount: Five awards each between $300,000 and $600,000
Deadline: January 19, 2016

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.
Deadline: Rolling – April 15th, July 15th, October 15th

School Grants for Healthy Kids
Organization: Action for Healthy Kids
: A variety of School Breakfast grants and Every Kid Healthy grants are listed on the website to assist school with high need.
Eligibility: Varies by grant, some are open to schools in all states, some are limited to specific states – check website – focus on high need schools serving students receiving free/reduced lunch
Award Amount: Ranges from $500-$3,000
Deadlines: Check website for 2016 updates

School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies, Obesogenic Behaviors and Weight Outcomes
Organization: Department of Health and Human Services
Funding Opportunity Number
: PA-13-098, PA-13-099, PA-13-100
Purpose: Research Project Grant fostering the evaluation of how policies can influence school physical activity and nutrition environments, youths obesogenic behaviors and weight outcomes as well as how school are implementing such policies.
Award Amount: $50,000-$200,000; contingent upon NIH appropriations
Deadline: May 7, 2016

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

Wellness and Health Education

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:  Funding not yet received for fiscal year 2016, check website for updates

CVS Community Grants for School Wellness and Prevention Programs
Organization: CVS Caremark
 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

Esping Family Foundation Grant
Organization: Esping Family Foundation
Purpose: These grants are intended to help people and institutions of Dallas, Texas to help themselves and future generations. Grant categories include education, human services, health, and arts and culture with high interest areas of K-12 educational outcomes, children and families, and youth development.
Eligibility: public entities or 501(c)(3) charities serving the people of Texas
Funding Cycle: Biannual, Spring/Fall
Deadlines: April 1st (LOI February 1st) and October 1st (LOI July 15th), foundation will notify applicants to proceed to application phase only if LOI has been selected

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents
Organization: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Funding Opportunity Number: PA-14-176, PA-14-177
Description: This funding opportunity seeks to encourage applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). Applications should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media.
Award Amount: $200,000; application budgets need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project; number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and quantity of meritorious applications.
Funding Cycle: Determined by scope of project, maximum of 5 years; renewal, new, and resubmission all eligible
Deadline: May 7, 2017

Healthy Kids Innovation Grant
Organization: Whole Kids Foundation
Purpose: In partnership with United Health Foundation, Whole Kids Foundation is launching a new grant program supporting the next generation of innovative ideas in children’s health & nutrition, aiming to bring together multi-sector leaders in food, health, fitness and technology in support of the next big idea.
Award Amount: $15,000-$25,000
Deadline: Check back for Fall 2016; 2015 LOI was due November 30

Healthy Living Grant Program
Organization: American Medical Association Foundation
: The Healthy Living Grant Program supports health education programs to develop school and community-based solutions to behavioral health challenges.
Funding Cycle: Annual
Deadline: Check website in June 2016 for next cycle deadlines

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

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children
Organization: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health
Funding Opportunity Number
: PA-14-034
Purpose: This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities.
Eligibility: check website, many categories of availability including independent school districts
Award Ceiling: $200,000
Deadline: January 7, 2017

RGK Foundation Grant Program
Organization: RGK Foundation
: RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine with an emphasis on formal K-12 education (particularly mathematics, science and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education. The Foundation's current interests in the area of Health/Medicine include programs that promote the health and well-being of children, programs that promote access to health services, and Foundation-initiated programs focusing on ALS.
Funding Cycle: Rolling, review committee meets three time a year for all requests greater than $100,000 (March, June, September)

Small Grant Program
Organization: Captain Planet Foundation
: These grants are intended to promote hand-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth, serve as a catalyst to getting environmental-based education in schools, and inspire youth and communities to community service through environmental stewardship activities.
Eligibility: most schools and non-profit organizations, Captain Planet Foundation primarily awards grants to school districts with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million
Award Amount: $500-2,500
Funding Cycle: Biannual
Deadline: typically January 31st and September 30th


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Last updated December 10, 2015