10 Physical Education Grants for California School Districts

by SPARK


With budget cuts taking its toll on the education system in California, the physical education and health education programs are usually the first to go out the door. There are thousands of motivated individuals and groups with innovative ideas to keep physical education a priority on their campus but the public funds aren’t always available. Numerous grant programs exist to help schools get their initiatives off the ground and keep their kids healthy and fit. Here are ten grants California schools can apply for to help give them the financial jump start they need.

  1. Chargers Champions Grant Program – The San Diego Chargers are highly involved in their community, especially when it comes to promoting physical health and education. The grant is only available to San Diego County schools, so if your program is in the area and needs extra funding to get jump started, this is the perfect opportunity. The grant is open to both private and public schools, and a Chargers player will make an appearance at the official opening of the project. 82 schools in San Diego have received grants in the past for programs ranging from SPARKS equipment to outdoor fitness trails and weight rooms.
    1. Award Amounts: Elementary School – $30,000, Middle School – $40,000, High School – $75,000
    2. Deadline: 2011 application deadline TBD
  2. The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Grants Program – Kaiser Permanente is a leader in the development of our youth’s health and physical education and has an established grant program to help give low-income communities the extra financial help they need. Reducing obesity is one of their main concerns and supports both community health initiatives and low-income families through the grant.
    1. Award Amounts: Vary
    2. Deadline: Rolling
  3. One by One Campaign for Children – Amway Corporation created this grant to help disadvantaged children to LIVE (basic needs), ACHIEVE (building potential), LEARN (education), and PLAY (having fun). The One by One Campaign has helped over 8 million children worldwide and continues to offer grants to help local communities and their kids.
    1. Award Amounts: Vary
    2. Deadline: Rolling
  4. Helping Hand Fund – The All Stars Helping Kids organization offers grants for pre-k through 12th grade students in San Francisco and Los Angeles that promote academics, health and fitness, and life skills. The grants are for less costly programs that still need a helping hand financially. If you are looking for a little help to get the SPARKS gear and program onto your school, the Helping Hand Fund is a great way to get started.
    1. Award Amounts: $250-$3,500
    2. Deadline: Rolling
  5. Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant – Although not specific to California, the U.S. Department of Education has one of the most robust grant programs to help schools jump start their physical education initiatives. The K-12 grant program aims to help initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs. They award anything from an individual Boys and Girls Club to an entire school district.
    1. Award Amounts: $100,000-$600,000
    2. Deadline: 2011 application deadline TBD
  6. Small Grant Program in Southern California – The Weingart Foundation created a small grant program to address a wide range of needs in Southern California. The focus of these grants is on small community-based organizations and large institutions serving the local area. Grants are awarded to groups focused on health, human services, and education. The requirements are fairly broad, making the grant a perfect opportunity for k-12 schools to gain financial support for their Physical Education projects. Highest priority is given to organizations addressing issues in economically disadvantaged and underserved communities.
    1. Award Amount: $1,000-$25,000
    2. Deadline: April 20, 2011
  7. Responsive Grants Program – The Sierra Health Foundation created the Responsive Grants Program to support projects improving health and quality of people living in North-Inland California. At least 30% of the grants will be awarded to rural areas and the rest will be mixed between urban and rural organizations in their 26 county funding region. With $1 million in grants available this year, the Responsive Grants Program could be a great jump start for schools in low-income communities looking to improve their Physical Education programs.
    1. Award Amounts: Up to $25,000
    2. Deadline: June 27, 2011
  8. The Phyllis Blatz Promising Professional Scholarship – The CAHPRED Foundation created a small grant and scholarship program to help improve the opportunities for female physical education teachers and female coaches in public education. The foundation also offers several awards recognizing top physical education programs, students, and teachers. If you or someone you know are looking for the extra help to become a female physical education teacher or coach in California, send in an application to the CAHPRED Foundation.
    1. Award Amounts: $500
    2. Deadline: Rolling
  9. Cheney Foundation Grants – The Bob B. Cheney Foundation is available to private, non-profit organizations in California, Oregon, and Washington. This grant is a good choice for private schools interested in creating an innovative health and physical education program. The foundation awards grants to a large variety of projects, but they mostly want to see how the project will impact the community in an innovative way.
    1. Award Amounts: $10,000
    2. Deadline: Rolling
  10. Healthy Generation Grants: Signature Program – The WellPoint Foundation & Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association created the Healthy Generation Grants to help improve the lives and health of people in their communities. Their goal is to reduce health care costs by investing in programs that help in preventative health care, such as health and physical education initiatives that have a specific goal of reducing the body mass index (BMI) of a target population.
    1. Award Amounts: Vary
    2. Deadline: May 13, 2011 and September 2, 2011