Nine New Grants for Physical Activity, Playgrounds and Gardens

Deadline in Feb. 2014

1. Smart for the Start Contest

Organization: Discovery Communications
Purpose: Promoting healthy habits for preschools or headstart programs.
Funding Cycle: 2-28-2014
Amount: $2,500-20,000
Eligibility: Non-profit organizations
Contact: Alli Delano   (800) 323-9084


Deadline in March 2014

2. Champions for Healthy Kids Academy Nutrition & Dietetics

Organization: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Purpose: Promoting healthy lifestyles for kids and families
Amount: $20,000
Funding Cycle: Annually-3-14-2014
Eligibility: nonprofit organizations, health departments, government agencies, schools, Native American Tribes
Contact Info: Katie Brown  800/ 877-1600 ext. 4847

3. Organization: Finish Line Youth Foundation

Purpose: Finish Line Youth Foundation Focuses Funding On Organizations That Provide Opportunities For Youth.
Amount: $1,000-5,000
Funding Cycle: Annually- Check Website (3-31-2014)

4. Lowes Toolbox for Education

Organization: Lowes
Purpose: To provide the tools that help our educators and parent groups through today's challenging times efficiently
Funding Cycle:  Applications due Feb. 14, 2014
Amount: $5,000
Eligibility:non-profits (take the online eligibility quiz)

5. Champions for Healthy Kids

Organization: General Mills
Purpose: nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth.
Amount: $5,000
Funding Cycle: Annually-
Applications available-Feb. 1, 2014  Applications- Due March 14, 2014
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:

6. Youth Garden Grant-Mantis Tiller Award

Organization: National Garden Association (NGA)
Purpose: National Garden Association (NGA) awards Youth Garden Grants to
schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.
Amount: packages of supplies
Deadline: March 7, 2014
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.

Deadline April 2014 

7. LEGO Children's Fund

Organization: LEGO
Purpose: Early childhood education and development that is directly related to creativity
Funding Cycle: Quarterly
Deadlines:  April 15, 2014, July 15, October 15 and Jan. 15
Amount: $500- $5000
Eligibility: qualified tax-exempt organizations (as determined under section 501(c)


Deadline May 2014

8. Ing Run for Something Better

Organization: Ing
Purpose: With the goal of empowering school age children nationwide with the means to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Funding Cycle: Annually check website
Amount: $3500
Eligibility: U.S. teachers
Deadline: May 15, 2014


Deadline August 2014

9. Community Impacts Grant Program

Organization: Home Depot Foundation
Purpose: Grants are available for public schools that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.
Funding cycle:  The application for the Community Impact Grants program will be available from February 1st, 2014 through August 15th , 2014.
Amount: Grants up to $5,000 are given in the form of the Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services
Eligibility: Only proposals submitted through the online application process will be considered for funding. Projects must be completed within 6 months following notification of award, with reporting requirements due 30 days following the completion of the project.
Contact info:

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Information on Physical Activity Programs:

Peaceful Playgrounds Recess Program

Fitness FunZone

We Count Pedometer Walking Program

Indoor- 2-Go Games