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The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Healthy Schools and the Mississippi State Department of Health promote the “Health is Academic” initiative by offering eight $1,000 mini grants to implement a program called “Students Taking Charge”.  The goal of this grant is to allow student organizations in grades 7-12 to take the initiative in creating a healthier school environment.   The process to accomplish this will be to assess the school health environment for improvement, to develop a plan around nutrition or physical activity policies and/or programs, and to implement the action plan for improving the school health environment.

The grant period will be December 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012.  The grant application must be turned in no later than November 14, 2011 by 3:30pm Central Standard Time.

If you have any questions about the grant, please contact Jessica Warren by email at jwarren@mde.k12.ms.us , or call 601-359-1813. 

Henkel, the company behind some of the nation’s leading brands, including Dial®, Purex®, Renuzit®, Right Guard®, Soft Scrub®, and Loctite®, is teaming up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a non-profit organization founded by the American Heart Association and William J. Clinton Foundation working to combat childhood obesity, to launch the Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit program. This back to school season, Henkel will give schools across America the opportunity to win $30,000 through the Henkel Helps program to improve the health and fitness equipment, resources and services available to students.  The 2011 Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit contest will award three deserving schools, one at the elementary, middle, and high school level, $10,000 each to improve youth fitness at their school. Educators, children, parents, and community members alike can nominate their school by answering one simple question on www.HenkelHelps.com: “What would your school do with $10,000 to improve youth fitness?”

  • September 30, 2011: Application deadline
  • October 31, 2011: Finalists are announced and voting begins
  • November 20, 2011 – Voting and Sweepstakes end
  • November 30, 2011: Three winning schools are announced

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Active Living Research provides grants to a broad range of researchers to help build the evidence base related to active living.

Each year, there are multiple cycles of grant funding on a variety of research topics

While each grant cycle has its own unique guidelines, there is important information about applying common to them all.  If you do need assistance, Active Living Research provides extensive support, resources and guidance for grant seekers.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or
improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. Projects must meet the following criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve
the quality of youth baseball and softball programs; create new or innovative ways of expanding and improving baseball or softball programs; are able to match funds for programs; provide programs for children between the ages of 10 and 16; support existing programs that have demonstrated success in providing a quality youth baseball/softball experience; and address opportunities for minorities and women. Nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations involved in youth baseball programs are encouraged to submit a Letter of Inquiry. Selected applicants are then invited to submit a full application. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis.

Finish Line, an athletic retailer specializing in brand name footwear, apparel and accessories, supports athletic and wellness programs located in communities where their stores are located. The foundation funds projects registered as 501 (c) (3) organizations; have a primary focus
on assisting children and young adults 18 and under; concentrate on athletics or wellness; and benefit communities in which Finish Line stores are located.

HOPSports offers assistance to schools and community based organizations to secure funding for the purchase of the HOPSports Training System (HTS). Throughout the year, HOPSports identifies grant opportunities that are available at the national, state and local level that regularly provide free money to fund various wellness advancement projects. HOPSports will assist your school or organization to plan and write grant applications.  For more information click on the provided link.

Peaceful playgrounds offers grants to schools in support of playground equipment purchases as well as training, resources and assessment.  Free webinars are also available on grant writing.  For more information click on the peaceful playground's link.

The "SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Awards" provides school and community groups with a monetary award, national recognition and some well-deserved fun at one of our parks.  Eight groups are selected each year to receive an award of $10,000.00. One environmental educator/leader is awarded $5,000.00 each year.

The Braitmayer Foundation awards grants of $10,000.00 to $35,000.00 to support curricular and school reform initiatives as well as preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. 

The CarMax Foundation's Regional Giving Program awards grants to organizations that promote either educational opportunities for children and families or youth leadership and show a demonstrable need based upon the demand for the program or population served by the program.

Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. One-year grants of ($2,000-$7,000 over one year) or two-year grants ($5,000-$10,000 over two years) are available.

The makers of Hidden Valley salad dressings are award grants of $10,000 to elementary schools across the US to support programs that help provide students increase access to and consumption of fresh, healthy foods made available through an on-campus vegetable consumption program. For more information visit the loveyourveggiegrants website.

The Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program, an initiative of the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to supporting parent-teacher groups at schools across the
United States.  The grant program gives preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean-up projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit are

NRA Foundation Grant Opportunities for JROTC units.  The NRA Foundation provides grants to organizations that support shooting sports.  More than 65% of these grants go to youth organizations such as JROTC units. 

Mississippi Power Education Foundation accepts education grant applications annually. The deadline for submitting proposals is June 15.  Awards are announced during the subsequent month.  Please refer to the grant program information for deadline changes.

The Chisholm Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 1960
by Alexander F. Chisholm, a businessman, philanthropist and churchman of Laurel, Mississippi. The mission of The Chisholm Foundation since inception has been to nurture
and support meaningful endeavors in education, the arts, and religion.

Grant support is a major element of the Mississippi Arts Commission’s strategy to achieve the goals and outcomes it has established in its 2003-2008 Strategic Plan.  We invite arts organizations, schools and educators, local arts councils, and community organizations to use these grant opportunities to develop programs that incorporate their own priorities and that reflect the goals and outcomes we hope to achieve statewide during the next five years.

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to LEAs and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting state standards.

The U.S. Department of Education provides an A-Z index of multiple grant opportunities for education.  Click on the link above to see all of the grants/awards that are offered.

The Grants Program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Division (EED), Office of Children's Health Protection and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public's awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. EPA awards grants each year based on funding appropriated by Congress. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million. Most grants will be in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced the availability of $1 million dollars for a People’s Garden School Pilot Program. One grantee will be selected to enter into a cooperative agreement for the purposes of developing and running community gardens at eligible high-poverty schools; teaching students involved in the gardens about agriculture production practices, diet, and nutrition; contributing produce to supplement food provided at eligible schools, student households, local food banks, or senior center nutrition programs; and conducting an evaluation of funded projects to learn more about the impacts of school gardens. Deadline 8 Nov 2010.

Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for competitive grant opportunities from all federal grant-making agencies.  The website list over 900 grant programs offered by the twenty six Federal grant-making agencies.

SchoolGrants.org is a collection of resources and tips to help PK-12 educators apply for and obtain special grants for a variety of projects. The site offers fundraising ideas, sample proposals, grant writing tips, and scholarship information.

GrantsAlert.com is a comprehensive website of grants in easy to search format.  The additional Resource section of the website also has great funding opportunities for teachers.

The Foundation Center, an independent nonprofit information clearinghouse on grants nationwide, offers publications, including directories of foundation and corporate grant
makers, research advice, custom research, and database searching. The Web site includes online training in grant seeking, proposal writing, and funding research, as well as an online librarian.

The eSchool News, an online version of a monthly magazine, contains a grants section with regularly updated grant, scholarship, professional development, and other funding opportunities for both educators and students.  You can register, at no cost to you, to receive updates, a newspaper and educational resources.

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