Parents, Schools Offered Healthy Kids Grants

CHICAGO IL – Both high schools and their students’ parents are being encouraged to apply to a Chicago-based non-profit, Action for Healthy Kids, for grant money intended to “implement high quality programs and activities to improve students’ physical and emotional health, and their preparedness to learn,” its announced Monday (March 18, 2019).

The application window for the 2019-2020 academic year is closing quickly, however; a representative of the organization said the deadline for submissions is only 17 days away, on April 5 (Friday).

Grants of between $1,000 and $3,000 are available for:

  • Nutrition and physical activity programs, using the group’s “Game On” program to build a school garden, jump-start active recess, purchase physical education equipment, host taste tests, or kick-off an after-school activity club;
  • Parent-led groups like parent-teacher organizations to introduce or improve fitness or nutrition programs and engage families in health at school and at home; and
  • Expanding access to school breakfast for hungry and undernourished kids, with equipment or other resources for breakfast in the classroom, grab-and-go breakfast, or other alternative breakfast programs.

Action for Healthy Kids claims it has supplied about $8.7 million in grants and technical support since 2009. Forty-five different programs at Pennsylvania schools were funded last year, according to its website. The group’s core supporters consist of primarily food manufacturers and retailers. Applications are being accepted online, here.

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