Background: Since 2001, dramatic changes have taken place in schools across the United States because of recent initiatives designed to radically change and reward school districts and communities wanting to change. These changes in programming, curriculum and equipment are part of the national response to the dramatic increase in diabetes now found in children and adolescents Type II.
According to Dr Cynthia Ogden, a clinical research by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 31% of adults are obese and 15% of children and adolescents 6-19 years are overweight. While Dr. Ogden noted that overweight and obesity is a concern for all individuals in the country, it is a major factor in the increase in heart attacks, Stoke, hypertension, and certain cancers.
So what are the PEP Grants? The Carol M. White Physical Education Program provides grants to schools and other youth serving organizations “to start, expand or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.” Up to $ 1,500,000 can be provided through PEP Grant Program. In addition, beneficiaries shall implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting any need state Physical standards.
For example, Shadyside Local Schools is now in its second year of implementation of the PEP grant. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national 501 (c) (3) non-profit, financing from PEP Grant program has made significant changes in children, adolescents and families in this community. Providing funds have provided PE teachers with additional training in the latest obesity-prevention teaching methods, helped to change the perception of students on the value of exercise and sound nutrition, and has added more value to the importance of health and fitness in general.
Community says the grant has created a culture of competence within the community by creating a “newly created cardio room, new free weights and weight machines” and “incorporating health and nutrition messages and movement in the core. In addition to new equipment , the band has acquired Spark PE curriculum and is shifting its focus from competitive sports to lifelong skills such as weightlifting, hiking, golf and bowling. “
I recently had the opportunity to visit this school district and talk to Holly ging , physical education teacher who was behind the grant writing efforts. She offers these five tips for schools interested in learning how to successfully write PEP Grant
# 1 :. Providing Key baseline and Student Buy-In – For example, numerous meetings were held to explain the purpose and scope of the grant with all interested parties constantly engaged. This created further evidence of the need for the project and constant “churning of ideas” to take like-minded institutions, organizations and people in the project. Therefore, high school students, such as Kelsey Holloway show type “prepared” grant reviewers to see in the application Shady Side is. “The PEP grant has given us the opportunity to make more efforts in gym class,” Kelsy State. It also “gives people a chance to come in after school and get fit.”
# 2: Do not get discouraged – apply Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grant was rather “a long way” says Ging. She advises other candidates may PEP strength to persevere, to reapply for the grant, and seek the help of a professional grant writer, if possible. “We did not get a grant for the first time,” she said. “We were able to find a man with a grant writing experience and with his help, we were finally able to win over $ 800,000 for our students!”
# 3: Search the web – There are a large variety of great resources of the grant on the web, especially for PEP Grant. Just do a search on “2010 PEP Grants” or “Carol M White PEP Grants” will provide you with a sample of funded grant activities, companies that offer free services and provision write the actual copy of the work Pep grants.
# 4: Start Early – The first thing you should do is visit the office website Safe & Drug-Free Schools’ ( http://www.ed.gov/ programs / whitephysed HEAD ~~ = dobj /index.html) to see the “requests for proposals” (RFP) will be announced and the deadline for the application. Unfortunately, this grant has historically only provided in the six weeks between the announcement and the deadline. For this reason, most attractive applications come from the school districts who have contributed in the past and have used the grant reviewer comments’ to strengthen their application.