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Funding for Opportunities for Healthy Children and Families

Posted Oct 22 2008 9:32pm

Champions for Healthy Kids Program Offers Grants to Improve Kids' Fitness and Nutrition Habits(Deadline:February 1, 2006)

Champions for Healthy Kids, a national grant program created to encourage healthy eating choices and active lifestyles in young people, is now accepting grant applications for 2006. The program is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and the President's Challenge http://presidentschallenge.org/. Since its inception in 2002, Champions for Healthy Kids has invested more than $6 million in youth nutrition and fitness programs that have served more than 100,000 children across theUnited States.

Each year, the Champions Grant Program awards fifty community groups and schools with $10,000 grants that support innovative programs to help children develop positive, lifelong nutrition, and physical fitness habits. The program supports the work of innovative nutrition and fitness programs developed by grassroots, not-for-profit organizations that serve children and teenagers.

Grants will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) or 509(a) status and agencies working with communities that demonstrate the greatest need and likelihood of sustainable impact on young people's nutrition and activity levels through innovative programs.

Visit the General Mills Web site for grant guidelines and an application form at http://www.generalmills.com/corporate/commitment/champions.aspx.

American Legacy Foundation Accepting Applications for Small Innovative Grants Program(Deadline:February 15, 2006(Letter of Intent)) 

Established as part of a settlement agreement between forty-six state attorneys general and a group of tobacco companies, the American Legacy Foundation seeks to reduce tobacco usage in theUnited States. The organization has adopted two goals toward that end: 1) arming all young people with the knowledge and tools to reject tobacco; and 2) eliminating disparities in access to tobacco prevention and cessation services.

Twice a year, the foundation supports a limited number of grants under its Small Innovative Grants Program. Through this program, Legacy supports projects that advance creative, promising solutions based on sound principles of tobacco control to remedy the harm caused by tobacco use inAmerica. The program is designed to seed new projects or enable an organization to pilot a new idea or approach. Applications must address one or both of Legacy’s goals.

Legacy issues renewable grants for up to $100,000 for the first year of funding. Upon invitation, grantees may apply for a second year of funding for up to 50 percent of the amount awarded in the first year. Grantees must provide a 1:1 cash match for second-year funding. A match is encouraged but not required for the first year of funding.

Funding is available only to state or local political subdivisions and legally constituted tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations based in the forty-six states, the District of Columbia, and five territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) identified in the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco product manufacturers.

Visit the Legacy Web site for complete program information, funding priority areas, and procedures for submitting a Letter of Intent. Visit http://www.americanlegacy.org


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces New Initiative to Promote Healthy Eating Among Children(Deadline:March 7, 2006)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched Healthy Eating Research, a five-year, $16 million program to evaluate changes in policies and environments that can promote healthy eating among children.

Healthy Eating Research was created to build and strengthen evidence needed to halt the epidemic of childhood obesity in theUnited States. The program will fund research that identifies, analyzes, and evaluates environmental and policy approaches that can promote healthy eating and prevent obesity among children, particularly in low-income and racial/ethnic communities where childhood obesity is most prevalent. This first round of funding focuses on school food policies and environments.

To help build a multidisciplinary field of research, Healthy Eating Research seeks proposals from a variety of investigators in a range of fields, including agriculture, behavioral science, business, economics, education, law, marketing, medicine, nutrition, political science, psychology, public health, public policy, and urban planning. The perspectives of researchers who are knowledgeable about racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in school and school-related community food environments are especially needed. Preference will be given to applicants who are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations as defined under Section 509(a). Applicant organizations must be based in theU.S.or U.S. Territories.

A total of approximately $3 million will be awarded in this round of funding for two types of research grants: 1) Studies to identify and/or evaluate promising school food environment and policy changes (12- to 18-month awards of up to $100,000; and 18- to 36-month awards of up to $400,000); and 2) Analyses of macro-level policy or system determinants of school food environments and policies (12- to 18-month awards of up to $75,000).

For the complete Healthy Eating Research Call for Proposals, visit http://www.rwjf.org/applications/program/cfp.jsp?ID=19461.

Funding for After-School Programs 

The Afterschool Alliance, www.afterschoolalliance.org, aims to make fund prospecting easier. A section of their website is dedicated to providing organizations with new and updated tools, resources, and help in finding after-school program funding. The site explains the various funding streams for after-school programs, including federal, state, local, and private funding, as well as in-kind contributions. Fact sheets also list more than 30 sources of after-school funding and can be viewed by visiting http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/funding_main.cfm.

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