Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Dozen School Grants for Physical Activity, gardens, obesity and sports.

 Check out our list of grant opportunities now available to schools and sports teams.

1. Safe Places to Play Grants
The U.S. Soccer Foundation grants support soccer programs and field-building initiatives in the U.S. that keep children in underserved communities active, healthy, and safe.

Funding Amount: $20,000
Grant Deadline:  Sept. 24, 2014

 2.  Active Lifestyle Youth Program Grants
The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. The Foundation financially supports opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle.

Funding Amount: $5000
 Grant Deadline: September 30, 2014

3. 2014 GreenWorks! Grants
Project Learning Tree is currently funding projects that include school/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects for students.

Funding Amount:  $1,000
Deadline:  September 30, 2014

4.  Kids Run the Nation Fund 2014

The Kids Run the Nation Fund assists running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program.

Funding Amount: $500- $1000
Deadline:  October 1, 2014

5. Baseball Tomorrow Fund MLB
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association. The purpose of this funding is to promote and enhance youth participation in baseball and softball and address the needs unique to each community.
Funding Amount
Grant Deadline: October 1, 2014

6.  All About the Fruits and Veggies Garden Grants 2014
The All About the Fruits and Veggies grant program will provide youth garden initiatives with gardening supplies, curriculum, soil amendments, and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences.

Funding Amount: $500- $1500
Grant Deadline:  October 1, 2014

7.  Home and Family Based Approaches for the Prevention or Management of Overweight or Obesity in Early Childhood

The National Institutes of Health is accepting Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions and organizations that propose randomized clinical trials testing novel home- or family-based interventions for the prevention or management of overweight in infancy and early childhood. Tested interventions can use behavioral (including dietary and physical activity), environmental, or other relevant approaches.  Applications should focus on infants and young children and emphasize the role of home environment and the influence of family/extended family members and parents.

Deadline: October 5, 2014

8. School Wellness Policy Grants
The USDA Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) announces the availability of funds to conduct comprehensive school wellness policy surveillance at multiple levels, including state- and school district-levels.  

Deadline:  October 6, 2014

9.  Health and Wellness Grants (PA)
The Blue Ribbon Foundation has established a Mini-Grants process to make smaller amounts of funding available for community health and human services programs.

Funding Amount: $10,000
Deadline: October 10, 2014 

10.  Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants
The purpose of this grant program is to fund improvements at public schools in the United States. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.

Funding Amount: $2000-100,000
Deadline: October 15, 2014

11. Early Childhood Education and Health Grants (Los Angeles County, California) 
The W.M. Keck Foundation seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area through its support of organizations that provide early childhood education and health care.

Funding Amount: $100,000 to $1 M
Deadline:  Nov. 1, 2014

12.  Fuel UP Play 60 Grants
Fuel Up to Play 60 awards grants to schools enrolled in their wellness program that may be used for a variety of activities and tools that jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment and materials.

Funding Amount: $4000
Deadline:  November 5, 2014

For additional grant opportunities check out out School Playground Grants Page and download free grant writing templates.

 Ten Tips for Getting your School Grant Funded.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Keeping Kids Cool at School

 Yesterday was the highest recorded heat that I recall ever where I live in Canyon Lake, CA.

 111 degrees

Such high temperatures put children especially at risk for heat related conditions. I wrote a featured article on the topic called, "Keeping Kids Cool at School."   It covers recommendations, guidelines, and considerations for hot playgrounds and hot weather during physical education.

As most of the nation heads back to school facing triple digit heat, schools face the challenges associated with outdoor recess and overheated classrooms. Principals and physical educators will face daily decisions regarding children’s heat health on the playground.
In this article we will review some information regarding different playground challenges and solutions to those problems.
Of particular concern to schools is that “kids absorb more heat than adults while sweating less. The result is kids have a greater propensity for heat cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke”, according to Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer, also known as the Recess Doctor.

Link to article: Keeping Kids Cool at School.

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10 Rainy Day Activities for Indoor Recess.