Finding money for physical education programs can be a daunting task, but it is possible with the
right approach. It can be difficult to find grants, understand the qualifications for them as well as ask
for donations to support your program. While physical education doesn’t involve textbooks or
individual supplies like most classrooms, money can be used to fund curriculum, equipment, and
When applying for grants and asking for funding, it is important to communicate the benefits of
physical education and how it impacts students. Physical education helps students develop physical
skills and confidence, promotes healthy habits and physical fitness, and can improve academic
performance. With this in mind, it is clear that physical education is an important part of a well-
How can you find money to support our programs? One place to start is by researching national
organizations that offer grants and grant-writing assistance for physical education. Some
organizations include Active Schools, Fuel Up to Play 60, and SHAPE America, the national PE
organization. Visit www.shapeamerica.org/grants/ to see the grants available to health and physical
education professionals, future professionals, and programs.
Connect with local organizations
In addition to national organizations, it’s also worth checking with local organizations and businesses
to see if they offer money for physical education programs. Many businesses and organizations are
willing to support programs that promote healthy habits and physical fitness in their local
communities. Don’t forget to ask for support from your school’s Parent-Teacher Organization as well
as parents and community members. Many people are willing to support physical education
programs, and they may be able to help with fundraising or other efforts to secure grant money.
When talking about your program make sure to share that their contribution provides support for all
PE students, not just 1 classroom.
Another option is to apply for government grants. The U.S. Department of Education offers grants for
a variety of education programs, including physical education. The Department of Health and Human
Services also offer grants for programs that promote healthy habits and physical fitness in schools.
Additional tools to find grant opportunities
Finally, SPARK has a few opportunities to help you in your efforts. The SPARK Grant-Finder Tool helps
you locate funding for your program and can be found at www.sparkpe.org. Grants can be used for
curriculum, teacher training, or equipment. There are also grant writing tools to help you with the
process of creating and submitting your application.
There is a SPARK-specific grant that is available now called the SPARK Equity Awards. Funding is
available to bring SPARK (curriculum, training, and equipment) to organizations (schools, districts,
after school or early childhood centers) and individual PE teachers or physical activity providers who
serve in low-income communities. There is $150,000 available for this round of funding. To view the
application or learn more, visit sparkpe.org/equityawards.
Finding money for physical education programs is possible with the right approach. Research national
and local organizations, apply for government grants, and don’t be afraid to ask for support from
parents and community members. By working together, we can ensure that all students have access
to quality physical education.