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Health and Physical Education Grant Opportunities


San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative Mini Grant Program

The primary goals of the Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI) include increasing access to healthy foods and beverages in a culturally appropriate manner and increasing opportunities for safe physical activity. The focus of the mini-grant program is to fund collaborative environmental change projects that promote healthy behaviors throughout the community, such as placemaking, walking and bike path improvements, beautification projects, water fountains/hydration stations, etc. Projects with a strong educational component that lack an environmental change will not be considered. Click here for more information on how to submit your application. 

Good Sports Equipment Grant

Get your students moving with a grant for athletic equipment, footwear and apparel. Good Sports has grants available to all K-12 schools that serve youth in disadvantaged areas of the country. Application acceptance is ongoing. 

Community Support Program

The Coca-Cola Foundation aims to make a greater impact on the communities Coca-Cola serves around the world by being responsive to the citizenship priorities of the communities in which we live and work. The Coca-Cola Foundation is interested in funding organizations in these areas: Water stewardship, healthy active living, community recycling, and education. Healthy active living includes providing access to exercise, physical activity and nutritional education programs.

Donors Choose

A great source for funding for teachers is the Donors Choose organization which is a very innovative and cool way to connect to your community. A teacher can post a project they need funding for and the community (which can be individuals) select those they wish to support and make donations to that particular project. One organization just recently gave over a million dollars to complete funding for every Donors Choose Project in California.

Education Grants

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.

Federal Grants is your place to find and apply for federal grants. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for

Grant Making for a Healthier California

The mission of the California Wellness Foundation is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention. Non-profit organizations and government agencies are eligible to apply and should submit a letter of interest.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California Grants Program

The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in Kaiser Permanente service areas throughout Southern California. Current funding priorities include improving community health and obesity prevention. Kaiser Permanente developed the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative in Southern California to address the increasing obesity epidemic. Eligible projects focus on creating lasting policy, environmental and/or systems changes that support healthy eating and physical activity. Letters of Inquiry are required and are reviewed on an on-going basis.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives around the U.S. that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth — as a strategy for improving public education. Grant making under this objective seeks to provide optimum opportunities for academic support and enrichment for young people to learn and develop both in school, summer, and after school. Central to this effort are partnerships between school and community-based organizations and other local institutions. Search the grant listings for funding opportunities that best fit the needs of your organization and submit a Letter of Inquiry.

Obesity Prevention Regional Grant Program

The Aetna Foundation grant making in this area focuses on initiatives that create a better understanding of the root causes of the obesity epidemic. This includes all types of funding requests: research, project, and policy grants. Recent project grants include physical education and activity programs. The Regional Grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please see website for the geographic focus for Regional grants.

Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have joined forces to launch Voices for Healthy Kids. Through this collaboration, and in partnership with a team of experts across the childhood obesity movement, the initiative aims to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Voices for Healthy Kids will advance coordinated state, local and tribal public policy issue advocacy campaigns focused on childhood obesity priorities, and will utilize the American Heart Association's proven advocacy capacity to drive meaningful and widespread policy change that will support the reversal of the childhood obesity epidemic. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts on six priority areas, and applicants should link their applications to these priorities. 

Fuel Up to Play 60

Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes. Fall 2018: Application Opens: Mid-August 2018. Application DeadlineWednesday, November 7, 2018

Weingart Grant Program

The Weingart Foundation funds non-profit institutions and schools in Southern California that serve low-income children, youth, and the general community. The following seven counties are served by Weingart Foundation grants: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego (Small Grant Program only), Santa Barbara, and Ventura. The Foundation will support capacity building, general operating support, program development, and capital/equipment projects. Large grants for over $25,000 are available by letter of inquiry throughout the year.

National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity 

The following tables summarize funding opportunities generated by NCCOR members and others, such as universities and nonprofit organizations. Rapid Response is defined here to mean a funding opportunity with several submission deadlines throughout the year, and less than six months from grant submission to award. Please click on the title of opportunities for more information.

CAHPERD Research Grant Program

Over $600,000 in funding has been awarded through the SHAPE America Research Grant Program since its inception in 1997. The program is administered through the Research Council and is designed to fund member projects of value to the SHAPE America professions. All grant applicants should pay special attention to 50 Million Strong. 50 Million Strong is SHAPE America's initiative to ensure that all of America's students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy healthy, meaningful physical activity. Please get more information here

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