New Funding for California Orgs: Innovative Ideas Challenge Grant


Up To $4M Available to California Organizations!

The California Endowment has announced the Innovative Ideas Challenge (IIC), a new grant program seeking innovative ideas to address the persistent and emerging health issues that impact underserved communities in California. Projects should align with the 10 outcomes or 4 big results from the Building Healthy Communities plan, including reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.

SPARK aligns directly with the requirements of this grant and supports The Endowment’s vision to create healthier communities in California. SPARK offers evidence-based Physical Activity & Nutrition programs targeting pre-K through 12th grade students in and out of school, and our programs have been proven to WORK and LAST.

More Information:
  • Deadline: September 1, 2012
  • Amount Available: Up to $4,000,000
  • Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations and institutions that directly benefit the health and well-being of Californians
Next Steps:
  1. Click Here to learn more about eligibility information and grant guidelines.
  2. Contact SPARK at 1-800-SPARK PE or A Program Consultant will ask you a few questions, learn about your current program, and listen to your vision for improving the health in your community. Together, we’ll create a program that will WORK and LAST.
  3. After contacting SPARK for help with your physical activity cost proposal, Click Here for helpful grant writing tools and sample text to include SPARK in your grant application.
Additional Resources:

Click Here for the CDC’s report “School-Based Physical Education: An Action Guide”. This document may provide guidance in determining your community’s approach to increasing physical activity. SPARK is mentioned throughout the report as an evidence-based program that increases the quality and quantity of activity for all students.

Click Here for the National Physical Activity Plan’s policy ideas and recommendations for Education, Parks, Recreation, Sports and Fitness.