Funders: Nat’l Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils; Opportunity: 2016 Fuel Up to Play 60 grants; Funding Focus: Health, nutrition, physical activity and recreation; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: K-12 schools (applicants must participate in the National School Lunch Program); Funding: Up to $4,000 for multiple awards (the effort has so far distributed more than $9 million to about 4,000 schools across the nation); Deadline: Nov. 2.
Summary: Corporate funders support school-based anti-obesity programs. Grants help schools jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Applicants must show how their school will increase: student awareness of the importance of healthy eating and increased physical activity; student access to nutrient-rich foods, (including low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains); and student opportunities for in-school physical activity. Winners included the Virginia school districts of Washington County and Williamsburg-James City.