Create Healthier School Environments with School Grants for Healthy Kids
Action for Healthy Kids welcomes schools to apply for 2014 -2015 School Grants for Healthy Kids. The grants are funded by our partners CSX Transportation, Kellogg Company, Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund (and more!) and will range from 500 to 5,000 dollars. The funding is designed to help schools create or expand school breakfast programs, pilot universal breakfast programs or enhance their physical activity programs.
In addition to financial support, AFHK will provide the roughly 1,000 chosen schools with significant in-kind contributions in the form of programs, school breakfast and physical activity expertise and support to engage volunteers. We’ll also give schools management expertise and support to develop strong alternative and universal breakfast or physical activity programs.
School Grants for Healthy Kids, a proven way to improve school health environments
Past recipients from around the country have benefited from School Grants for Healthy Kids and have great stories to tell. For example:
At John Berry Elementary School in Meriden, Conn., wellness champions report increased participation in universal school breakfast of 43% over the previous year and are excited to provide universal breakfast in their under-served community.
“We have seen a dramatic decrease in the number of visits to the nurse since the implementation of universal breakfast,” said Linda Gelineau, instructional associate at the school.
For the first time in its 18-year history, the School Within School (SWS) in Washington, D.C. has a physical education curriculum for its Pre-K to second grade students. And, thanks to a 2,500 dollar grant from Action for Healthy Kids’ School Grant for Healthy Kids program, the school has equipment to complement the new 2013-2014 PE curriculum.
The grant allowed PE teacher Andrew Chapman and members of the parent-run SWS Health and Wellness Committee to buy balls, scooters, jump ropes, and hula-hoops.
"The funding made available to me through this grant project has allowed me to create a diverse and exciting Physical Education program that incorporates engaging activities for many students and ages,” Chapman said. “Thank you."
A grant from School Grants for Healthy Kids can do the same for your school. Grants will be available in select states. Award amounts will be based on building enrollment, project type, potential impact, and a school’s ability to mobilize parents and students around school wellness initiatives. Applications must be filed by May 2, 2014. The deadline will not be extended.
If you’re interested for your school, attend an hour-long introductory webinar Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 3 p.m. ET, 2 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. MT and noon PT to get tips for applying. You can register now. Archived sessions also will be available. Once you have all the information you need, start the application process and submit before the May 2, 2014 deadline.