Insight Grants

Grant Opportunity: Saucony Run for Good Grants

Saucony Run for Good Grants are an amazing way to initiate, expand, or improve running programs for children and/or teens. The Foundation is “committed to reversing obesity rates by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and a healthier lifestyle.” Applicants must provide proof of tax exempt status, serve participants 18 of age or younger, and demonstrate that programs will increase participation in running in order to positively impact the lives of participants.

The upcoming grant deadline is February 1st, 2016 with maximum award size being $10,000. For complete details visit the Saucony Run for Good Grants application here.

Some Upcoming Grant Opportunities: Fall 2015

Here are some featured upcoming grant opportunities:

Fuel Up To Play 60 Grants (All States)

Program Information: Up to $4,000 per year is available to qualified K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes. Grants are for approved physical activity and healthy eating “plays.”

Deadline: November 4th, 2015

2015 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants (California)

Program Information: This grant will allow school food authorities (SFA) to purchase the equipment needed to serve healthier meals, meet the new nutritional standards with an emphasis on more fresh fruits and vegetables, improve food safety, and expand access. Awards will be up to $100,000

Deadline: November 2nd, 2015

Straight A Fund (Ohio)

Program Information: Applicants may select one of the following goals: (1.) Increased student achievement; (2.) A spending reduction in the five-year forecast or positive performance on other fiscal measures established by the Straight A Fund Governing Board; (3.) Greater share of resources directed into the classroom; and (4.) Use of a shared services delivery model that demonstrates increased efficiency and effectiveness, long-term sustainability and scaleability. Individual applicants my request up to $1 Million, and consortia may request up to $15 Million; although because only a total of $15 Million is available this year, requests for under $1 Million may receive preference/priority.

Deadline: December 1st, 2015

NYS Health Foundation 2016 Special Projects Fund (New York)

Program Information: The Special Projects Fund provides grants for projects outside of the Foundation’s two priority areas of (1) Building healthy communities and (2) Improving transparency and affordability to empower consumers. Projects serving vulnerable populations and that are expected to have large-scale or statewide impact tend to be more competitive.

Deadline: There are two cycles. The required online inquiry form deadlines are November 4th, 2015 and April 7th, 2016. Full application deadlines are December 29th, 2015 and Wednesday May 25th, 2016. Applications in which the Foundation is interested following review of the online inquiry form will be invited to submit full applications and sent information on how to do that at that time.

Colorado Health Foundation’s Out-of-School Time Physical Activity Grants (Colorado)

Program Information: 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). Applicants must propose to add or expand physical activity in an existing out-of-school time program. Projects must focus on grades K-8 and serve a high proportion of students from high-need/low-income communities. The funder also requires proposed programs, “Provide a minimum of 90 minutes of structured physical activity per week, for no less than two days per week. Children must be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) a minimum of 50 percent of the structured physical activity time.”

Deadlines: February 15th, 2016 and June 15th, 2016

Saucony Run for Good Grants (All States) 

Program Information: The Saucony Run for Good Foundation is committed to reversing obesity rates by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and a healthier lifestyle. Maximum award size is $10,000 to initiate, expand, or improve running programs for children and/or teens.
Deadlines: Deadlines are on February 1st and August 1st annually.

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.

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.

Grants for Running Programs

A Lead PE teacher in PA asked about grants for running programs this morning. Thanks for the blog topic, Steph! :o) This is a very timely one due to upcoming grant deadlines, as you’ll see below.

While you can certainly use general physical activity grants such as the GRHF Community Mini-Grants (Monroe County, NY; discussed the other day, Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grants or Highmark Healthy High 5 grants for NonProfits (49 counties in PA;, General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids (national;, PEP (, or others, there are several grants out there that are specifically designed to support running programs. Here are three key opportunities listed in order of deadline—the first two are due in the next few weeks!

ING Run for Something Better offered in partnership with the National Association of Sport and Physical Education (NASPE): This program is new—just announced last month. Fifty (50) $2,000 grants will be awarded in 2009 to fund the start-up or expansion of school-based running programs lasting a minimum of eight weeks aimed at increasing activity to reduce childhood obesity. Applications are due 6/1/2009. and

Saucony Run for Good: This program surfaced in 2006. It offers grants of up to $10,000 to 501(c)(3) organizations for projects designed to use running to encourage healthy, active lifestyles among youth—particularly youth not typically exposed to running programs. The ultimate, long-term goal is again to reduce childhood obesity. Grants have been made to schools and school districts in the past, including public schools. The next application deadline is 6/13/2009, with award announcement anticipated on or around 8/13/2009. This program is open to organizations across the nation. Typically about five awards are made per application round.

Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Kids Run the Nation: The Kids Run the Nation Fund was established in 2007. This year a total of $5,000 will be given out in the form of mini-grants of $500 to $1,000 each. (So 5-10 awards will be made.) Grants can go to new or existing running programs offered by running clubs, 501(c)(3) organizations, or elementary or middle schools. Programs cannot be one-time events. At minimum, programs must operate once per week for multiple weeks. Discrimination in any manner is unallowable, and programs must be open to both boys and girls. Applications are due 10/1/2009.

Good luck! If you apply for and win one of these grants, please let us know at

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