Interested in Applying for the 2013 PEP Grant?

by SPARK


The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) Grants are federally funded grants for school districts, after school programs and community based organizations to support standards-based physical education/activity and nutrition programs. The grants are for 3 years and are usually awarded annually (pending available funding).

Please use the following guidelines to determine if your school district or agency would be a good fit to utilize the PEP Grant.

1.  Have you read the 2013 PEP Application?

If no, please click here for the application, and click here for the Federal Register notice.

If YES, go onto the next step.

2.  Is your agency a Local Education Agency (LEA) or Community Based Organization (CBO) as defined by the PEP Grant?

If no, please visit the SPARK Grant-Finder Tool to find other applicable grants for your agency.

If YES, please go onto the next step.

3.  Does your agency have a dedicated and committed Central Office contact (i.e. full-time Health/PE Supervisor/Coordinator/Administrator) to support a federal grant?  This person must be ready to spend 40-50 hours until April 12, 2013 to complete the grant.

If no, please visit the SPARK Grant-Finder Tool to find other applicable grants for your agency.

If YES, please go onto the next step.

4.  Has your LEA (or if you are a CBO, the LEA you are working with) completed, or are you in the process of completing, the following CDC assessment tools?

If no, please click on the hyperlinks above to start working on the required tools so your agency is ready for the PEP 2014 application.  In the meantime, please visit the SPARK Grant-Finder Tool to find other applicable grants for your agency.

If YES, please go onto the next step.

5. Is your agency able to get buy-in from all PE teachers or leaders to gather student data during the three years of the PEP Grant on the following assessments?

  • Multi-Day Pedometer Step Data for students in grades K–12
  • 3 Day Physical Activity Recall Survey for students in students in grades 5–12
  • Presidential Youth Fitness Program assessment for all students
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey nutrition-related questions for High School students
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption survey for students in grades K–8

Each of the above surveys must be completed 2 times annually. During the first year, grantees have an additional data collection period prior to program implementation to collect baseline data.

If YES, please go onto the next step.

6. Do you have the required “Community Partnerships” as defined in the PEP application?

Minimum Partners include:

  • An LEA (local educational agency)
  • At least one Community Based Organization
  • A local public health entity
  • The LEA‘s food service or child nutrition director
  • The head of the local government

If no, start to work on those partnerships.  Schedule a meeting with them so you are ready to apply for next year.  In the meantime, please visit the SPARK Grant-Finder Tool to find other applicable grants for your agency.

If YES, please go onto the next step.

7. Do you have the required ‘matching funds’ (10% in year 1, 25% in years 2-3)?  Please see what’s eligible for matching funds in the PEP application.

If YES, please go onto the next step.

8. Are you looking for the only researched-based Prek-12th Grade physical education program to implement in your agency?

If YES, you are ready to contact SPARK.

Please visit sparkpe.org for more information on the SPARK programs.

You can email spark@sparkpe.org or call 1-800-SPARK-PE (772-7573) and a SPARK representative will consult with you on your PEP Grant.

Please also visit https://sparkpe.org/grants/pep-grant-info/ on how SPARK aligns with PEP, including the PECAT, HECAT, testimonials and more.