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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.

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