Insight Grants

Featured Grant Opportunity: Saucony Run For Good

We’ve featured a few grant opportunities that focus on running in the past, and today we’d like to highlight another great opportunity: the Saucony Run for Good program.

The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. Through the foundation, Saucony provides grant funding for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and public schools to increase participation in running, with funding being used for supplies, awards, equipment, running shoes, and healthy snacks.

Below you will find basic information on the grant program. For complete details visit

Award: Maximum grant award is $10,000. A sample budget is shown at

Who Can Apply? “Programs whose particpants are 18 years of age or less, have 501 (c) (3) status and can demonstrate their program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running.”

When is the Deadline? There are two grant cycles per year, with awards typically announced in February and August.

Where Can I Get More Information? Visit to get full information and an application. Saucony also provides some great success stories from past grant winners.

2014 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grants: Open Now, Due April 28th!

The US Department of Education’s (ED) Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grants are now open! This program funds school counseling programs, just as the name indicates. Applicants may propose projects for new or expanded existing programs. The most competitive projects will be those: demonstrating the most significant need for counseling services, evidencing the most innovative and likely-to-be-successful approaches, and with significant potential for replication in other schools.

We’re providing basic information about the grant program on this site. For complete details, visit the official ED website for the program.

Program Overview: The ED program site states, “Projects should: (1) use a developmental, preventive approach, (2) expand the inventory of effective counseling programs, (3) include in-service training, and (4) involve parents and community groups.”

Additionally, the RFP states on pages 13 and 14 (underlining added): “Each program funded under this section shall–

(A) be comprehensive in addressing the counseling and educational needs of all students; (B) use a developmental, preventive approach to counseling; (C) increase the range, availability, quantity, and quality of counseling services in the elementary schools and secondary schools of the local educational agency; (D) expand counseling services through qualified school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, other qualified psychologists, or child and adolescent psychiatrists; (E) use innovative approaches to increase children’s understanding of peer and family relationships, work and self, decision making, or academic and career planning, or to improve peer interaction; (F) provide counseling services in settings that meet the range of student needs; (G) include in-service training appropriate to the activities funded under this Act for teachers, instructional staff, and appropriate school personnel, including in-service training in appropriate identification and early intervention techniques by school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, other qualified psychologists, and child and adolescent psychiatrists; (H) involve parents of participating students in the design, implementation, and evaluation of the counseling program; (I) involve community groups, social service agencies, or other public or private entities in collaborative efforts to enhance the program and promote school-linked integration of services; (J) evaluate annually the effectiveness and outcomes of the counseling services and activities assisted under this section; (K) ensure a team approach to school counseling in the schools served by the local educational agency by working toward ratios recommended by the American School Health Association of 1 school counselor to 250 students, 1 school social worker to 800 students, and 1 school psychologist to 1,000 students; and (L) ensure that school counselors, school psychologists, other qualified psychologists, school social workers, or child and adolescent psychiatrists paid from funds made available under this section spend a majority of their time counseling students or in other activities directly related to the counseling process.”

Award: Awards can be for up $400,000 per year for up to three years.

Who Can Apply? Local Educational Agencies (LEAs–school districts) and charter schools considered LEAs by their states are eligible to apply.

When is the Deadline? Applications are due by 4:30 Washington DC time on 4/28/2014 and must be submitted through

Something Cool or Unique About this Program: Five technical assistance calls will be offered by ED for potential applicants: 3/27/2014 3pm; 4/3/2014 10am; 4/3/2014 3pm; 4/10/2014 10am; and 4/10/2014 3pm. All times are Washington, DC time. Go to the program’s Applicant webpage and scroll down for login and dial-in information for each call.

Where Can I Get More Information? More information can be found at Questions my be directed to Competition Managers:

If you’d like to apply for this grant and you need assistance, please email us at

Good luck to all applicants!

Ohio Straight A Fund Round 2 Update

The Ohio Department of Education has made some changes to the Straight A Fund Round 2, a grant that we previously covered as a featured grant opportunity. The application due date has been pushed from April 3rd to April 18th. The following message from The Ohio Department of Education details all of the changes:

Straight A Fund Timeline and Application Changes!

As a result of the legislative changes in House Bill 342, the Straight A Fund Governing Board has made some changes to the timeline and the guidance found in the application questions.  The changes in legislation can be found on the Straight A Fund website here.

The timeline for the Fiscal Year 2015 grant cycle has been approved by the Straight A Fund Governing Board and can be on the Straight A Fund website here.

Straight A Application guidance has been changed for questions 6,9,11,14,15,24 and 25. The new application has been posted to the Straight A Fund website here.

Additionally, the FAQ’s have been updated and can be found here and the materials used during the Regional Workshops can be found on the Straight A Fund website as well.

There will be a Webinar on Tuesday, March 25th at 3:30 PM to explain all of these changes in detail. The registration link will be posted to the Straight A Fund website by the end of the week.

Thank you for your patience while all of these changes have been ongoing.  The Straight A Fund Staff and Governing Board are looking forward to the 2nd round!

If you are working on an application and are in need of grant editing services, or if you are interested in applying for the grant and interested in professional grant writing services, contact us via email at, by phone  716-474-0981, or use our online contact form here.

Featured Grant Opportunity: ING Run for Something Better

ING U.S. has partnered with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD, now also known as the Society for Health And Physical Education or SHAPE America) to offer schools nationwide a unique opportunity to help students discover a passion for running and living a healthy lifestyle. The ING Run for Something Better Program will award at least 60 grants in 2014.

We’re providing basic details about the program below, for complete information visit the ING Grant Program Information at the AAHPERD website.

Program Overview: The program seeks to increase physical activity in students through school-based running programs in order to fight childhood obesity nationwide. Schools must design a new or expand an existing before, during and/or after school program which will be offered to the best of the school’s ability to all students in eligible grades (K-8). Programs can even be conducted during PE!  Programs must be at least eight weeks in length and include a culminating event which takes place on or before 12/31/2014. All awardees must agree to administer pre- and post-project FITNESSGRAM/President’s Youth Fitness Program PACER cardiovascular fitness testing to participants and report anonymous results. PACER testing materials will be provided to all awardees.

Award:  Each award will be $3,500. Funds will be distributed in two portions. The first portion of funds ($1,750) will be dispersed upon award notification. The remaining balance of funds ($1,750) will be dispersed after final PACER testing data and proof of completion of the culmination event have been submitted to the funder.

Who Can Apply?: Running programs that target Kindergarten through 8th grade students in elementary or middle schools are eligible to apply. Each program must propose to serve at least 25 students in grades 4 through 8. While students in grades K through 3 can be served as well, those students cannot count toward the 25-participant minimum and will not participate in PACER testing.

When is the Deadline? May 15th, 2014 by 11:59 pm EST.

Something Cool or Unique About This Opportunity: The program requires a culminating event, such as a 1 mile or a 5k  (3.1 mile) event. These events can include families and community members and are a terrific way to bring the students, school, and community together for an empowering fitness event. Through the program website,, pictures and stories of past runs and successes are featured. Also, AAHPERD provides a range of Recipient Resources that potential and existing awardees can use while designing and implementing their projects!

Where Can I get More Information? Visit the ING Run for Something Better Grant Application Page. See sure to see the FAQ and online application pages.

Featured Grant Opportunity: The Colorado Health Foundation Healthy Schools

The Colorado Health Foundation offers a grant program with community outcome areas of Healthy Living, Health Care and Health Coverage. The Foundation looks for integrated approaches that take full advantage of each and every opportunity to improve the health of all Colorado residents.

We’re providing basic information about the grant program, for complete details visit The Colorado Health Foundation Grantmaking Page.

Program Overview: In more detail, the three outcomes are: to ensure access to the key components of Healthy Living, increase the number of Colorado residents with Health Coverage, and ensure access to quality, coordinated Health Care. The section of the grant program that we will be focusing on is the Healthy Schools outcome under Healthy Living.  This outcome provides funding for programs that make Colorado’s schools healthier.  Nutrition, activity, education, access to health services, and community support are all funding areas mentioned by the program.

Award: The Foundation does not provide minimum, maximum or average request information. Instead, the Foundation notes that award sizes vary based on  multiple factors and also states, “We favor proposals that include other funders and that show how proposed activities will be continued after the grant term is completed.” Insight’s review of grants awarded by The Colorado Healthy Foundation for the Healthy Living outcome area between January 2007 and January 2014 showed grant awards ranged from $5,000 to $8,748,005, with 74.8% of awards falling in the $20,000 to $400,000 range. Request the amount you need and can justify in order to launch a high-quality, sustainable project.

Who Can Apply: Colorado organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), Colorado public agencies, including state and local governments, and new or emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status with a tax-exempt organization acting as fiscal sponsor. On occasion, grants are made to organization with 501(c)(4) status.

When is the Deadline? Upcoming deadlines are June 15th, 2014 and October 15th, 2014. The application deadline for February 15th, 2014 has passed.

Something Cool or Unique About This Opportunity: The Foundation provides examples of grants for each of the funding strategies. This great resource can help you understand the types of programs that have been funded in the past. See some of the grant examples for Healthy Schools here.

Where Can I Get More Information: Visit the Grantmaking section of The Colorado Health Foundation website.

Featured Grant Opportunity: National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is offering grant funds to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Most featured grant opportunities that we post have some time before the application due date, please note that the 2014 grant deadline for NRPA is this week: Thursday, March 6th. Good luck to those applying, and for those interested but not yet applying, watch for this opportunity to surface again in early 2015.

We’re including basic program information below. For complete information, please visit the 2014 National Recreation and Park Association Grant Page here.

Program Overview: The NRPA grant program supports children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. 2014 grants focus on three main goals:

1. Increase the number of healthy meals children in low-income communities receive through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) during out-of-school times;
2. Provide evidence-based, age-appropriate nutrition literacy to children that create behavior change by teaching the importance of healthy eating; and
3. Implement nutrition and physical activity standards that increase access to healthier foods and increase opportunities for physical activity.

Award: Awards are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000 and are one-year grants. Additional in-kind nutrition literacy materials valued at $10,000 will also be provided to each grantee.

Who Can Apply: Applicants must be local government agencies providing park and recreation services and serve meals/snacks through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in 2014. 

When is the Deadline? March 6th, 2014.

Something Cool or Unique About This Opportunity: There are many allowable ways to use these grant funds to achieve the stated goals of the program. Food service equipment, marketing and promotions within the local community, staffing to support program implementation, transportation costs, and supplies are all listed within the use of funds description. NRPA also provides an evidence-based, nutrition literacy curriculum for agencies to use and implement.

Where Can I Get More Information? Visit the 2014 NRPA Grant Application Page.

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