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Funding Opportunities for Youth and Community Fitness and Obesity Prevention

Youth Service America: Get Into It Grants
Youth Service America (YSA) is a resource center that collaborates with organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Special Olympics is partnering with Youth Service America to offer Get Into It Grants that bring together students of all abilities to address childhood obesity in their schools and communities. The program awards grants of $500 and $1,000 to K-12 teachers nationwide to help youth create and implement local, hands-on obesity prevention programs. Get Into It grant projects should launch on March 2, 2011 and culminate on Global Youth Service Day (April 15-17, 2011). The application must be completed by a teacher and a pair of students (one with and one without an intellectual disability). The application deadline is January 19, 2011. Visit the YSA website for program details.

General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program
The General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program is a partnership of the General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness. The goal of the program is to encourage U.S. communities to improve the eating and physical activity patterns of young people, ages 2-18. In 2011, the program will award 50 grants of $10,000 each to nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies throughout the country that offer innovative programs to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. (All funded programs must have at least one nutrition objective and at least one physical activity objective.) Local organizations that work with children, including park districts, health departments, government agencies, Native American tribes, municipal organizations, schools, YMCAs, Boys & Girls clubs, etc., are encouraged to apply. Online applications must be submitted by December 15, 2010. Visit the company’s website for more information about the Healthy Kids Grant Program.

Support for Youth and Family Programs in Florida

The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida
The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida is a research and demonstration laboratory for health and human service programs for Florida’s at-risk children and their families. The Fund provides grants for innovative, community-based, and culturally relevant programs to improve the life outcomes of children, preserve and strengthen families, and promote healthy behavior and functioning in society. Specific areas of interest include improving educational achievement, facilitating economic independence, building strong families, and making communities drug-free. Concept papers will be accepted from Florida nonprofit organizations and government agencies through December 31, 2010. Visit the Fund’s website to download the funding guidelines.

Grassroots Engagement Activities in Oregon Funded
Northwest Health Foundation: Community Health Priorities
The Northwest Health Foundation is committed to promoting the health of the people of Oregon and southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahkiakum counties). Through the Community Health Priorities program, the Foundation supports grassroots community engagement activities that ask community residents to think about health beyond just medical care and how our public health systems can better address prevention. Neighborhoods and communities are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to host community meetings that encourage participants to brainstorm ideas and develop a plan for change. Grants may be used to cover the costs of facilitators, flyers, publicity, and refreshments for the meetings. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the project’s website for examples of funded projects and application information.

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