Funding Opportunity: Out-of-School Time Physical Activity

Funding Overview

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.

Associated Measurable Results: 

  • Increase number of children and adults who engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity.

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Have questions? Contact your Program Officer for more information.


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.

Organizations eligible to apply include those that:

  • Currently operate an established out-of-school time program (before school, after school, or summer program) with a structured physical activity component. In this case, funds may be requested to maintain or enhance existing structured physical activity components.
  • Currently operate an established out-of-school time program (before school, after school, or summer program) but do not have a structured physical activity component. Funds may be requested to incorporate structured physical activity as a new component of an existing out-of-school time program.
  • Are starting up a new out-of-school time program in a rural or frontier county (contact the program officer about eligibility) where few or no out-of-school time programs exist. Funds may be requested for start-up or pilot phase programs. Such programs must include a structured physical activity component.

Priority will be given to programs that:

  • Primarily serve children and youth in kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Primarily serve youth from high need/low-income communities; the percentage of children eligible for free and reduced school meals, average family income or other indicators your organization may use to determine need may be considered.
  • Ensure physical activity is structured (organized or guided activity led or facilitated by a program staff person, qualified volunteer or qualified partner organization). 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).
  • Engage participants in a total of at least 90 minutes of structured physical activity per week, for no less than two days per week, for a minimum of six weeks. Children must be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) a minimum of 50 percent of the structured physical activity time.
  • Implement activities that are relevant and appropriate for needs and interests of the youth served (youth engagement process, community needs assessments, satisfaction surveys, existing participation data or similar methods may be used to demonstrate interest and demand for the activities).
  • Demonstrate strong relationships and experience working within the community or communities served
  • 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.

We often partner with third-party evaluators, contractors and other organizations over the course of our work with applicants and grantees. Your application and its attachments may be shared with these individuals or entities during the review process and grant cycle. All third-party organizations partnering with the Foundation have signed a confidentiality agreement and will not use or share the information for purposes outside of the scope of work specific to the grant application or grant award. If you have any concerns or would like additional information, please email or call our senior director of Grantmaking Operations at 303-953-3600.

What We Will Fund

Costs and activities we will consider funding include:

  • Personnel costs for staff directly implementing or overseeing physical activity programming
  • Purchase of a structured physical activity curriculum
  • Shared portable equipment/materials (such as balls, jump ropes, cones, etc.) for structured activities
  • Staff development/training costs directly related to implementing structured physical activity
  • Age-appropriate structured games, movement or fitness activities
  • Non-competitive activities that are inclusive and where the emphasis is on getting kids active and not on cultivating or refining skill in an activity or sport beyond the basic or foundational skills needed to participate
  • Up to 10 percent of the total request can be for administrative/operating costs or participation supports (such as transportation and snacks) that are directly related to supporting structured physical activity efforts 
What We Will NOT Fund
  • General operating support
  • New out-of-school time organizations or programs (less than one year of operation), except in rural communities
  • Fixed physical activity equipment/infrastructure (such as playground equipment, trails, fitness stations, sports fields, gyms)
  • Individual equipment (clothing/uniforms, shoes, equipment for home or personal use)
  • Sports clubs, leagues, camps or clinics (recreational, intramural or competitive)
  • Scholarships, financial assistance, fee waivers or activity/league fees for participants 

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).