Healthy Living: Funding Opportunity
Funding Opportunity: Out-of-School Time Physical Activity
This funding opportunity will support organizations to provide quality, structured physical activity in out-of-school time settings (including before school, after school and summer programs). We will consider proposals for up to two years of funding.
Not accepting applications.
This work is in progress.
Associated Measurable Results: Applicants will be asked to indicate how their work will numerically:
- Increase number of children and adults who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.
To be considered for funding, applicants must demonstrate within the online grant application that they meet the following criteria.
Please print out this checklist and use it to complete your grant application. The checklist is a tool designed to help you complete the application and does not need to be included in your grant application.
- Be an Eligible organization that currently offers an out-of-school time program (before school, after school, or summer program) targeting youth in kindergarten through eighth grade (K-8) age group. If the existing out-of-school time program currently does not have a structured physical activity component, funds can be used to incorporate it as a new component in the existing program. Funds can also be used to maintain or enhance existing structured physical activity components.
- Serve a high proportion of youth from high-need/low-income communities; the percentage of children eligible for free and reduced school meals, average family income or other indicators of need will be considered.
- Provide a minimum of 90 minutes of structured physical activity per week, for no less than two days per week. Children must be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) a minimum of 50 percent of the structured physical activity time.
- Physical activity must be structured (organized or guided activity led or facilitated by a program staff person or similarly qualified individual). A curriculum is allowed but not required. If an organization is not using a curriculum, a practical plan or outline must be submitted demonstrating how the organization will ensure high quality physical activity (not free time on playground or in the gym).
- Proposed activities must be relevant and appropriate for needs and interests of the youth served (program satisfaction survey results, youth engagement process, existing participation data or similar methods may be used to demonstrate interest and demand for the activities).
- Demonstrate sufficient organization and staff capacity and training to effectively implement and sustain the proposed activities.
- Have an effective method to track the amount of time dedicated to structured physical activity and the number of children engaging in those activities on a consistent basis (to address the Measurable Result: Increase the number of children who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity).
What we will fund:
- Purchase of a structured physical activity curriculum
- Portable equipment/materials (such as balls, jump ropes, cones, etc.) for structured activities
- Personnel costs for staff directly implementing physical activity programming
- Staff development/training costs directly related to implementing structured physical activity
- Sport-specific activities that are inclusive and are used primarily as a means to get kids active; these activities should not exclude based on skill level and/or emphasize specific sport talent/preparation for competition
- Physical activity as a new component of an existing out-of-school time program
- A portion of administrative and operating costs that are directly related to supporting structured physical activity efforts (no more than 10 percent of requested funds)
What we will NOT fund:
- General operating support
- Programs less than 6 weeks in duration and/or less than two days per week
- Fixed physical activity equipment/infrastructure (such as playground equipment, trails, fitness stations, sports fields, gyms)
- Sports clubs, leagues, camps or clinics (recreational, intramural or competitive)
- Scholarships, financial assistance or fee waivers for participants
- The start-up of a new out-of-school time organization or program
- Transportation costs
These documents are intended as general resources to organizations interested in integrating physical activity into their out-of-school time programs. Referenced information or programs are not exact examples of what is covered, or will be funded, under this funding opportunity.
Policies and Standards for Promoting Physical Activity in After-School Programs
Understand the lack of consistency in how out-of-school time programs promote and offer physical activity and find helpful information on how out-of-school time programs have helped children reach the 60 minutes of daily physical activity as a part of a greater effort to prevent obesity among children.
Move More North Carolina: Recommended Standards for After-School Physical Activity
Outlines the importance of physical activity for children and the important role out-of-school time programs play in helping kids reach the minimum of 60 minutes of daily physical activity. You’ll find best practices for increasing physical activity as well as programs that can implement increased physical activity/listed best practices immediately or over time.
Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Visit the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Resource Page to download the Healthy Out-of-School Time Framework and access a collection of additional resources, including curriculum options, for healthy out-of-school time efforts (registration required to access additional resources).
Program Officer: Monica Lyle (303.953.3667)