Funding Opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 Healthy Lifestyle Grant

The Fuel Up to Play 60 Healthy Lifestyle Grant program is supported by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation as part of a partnership effort with the National Dairy Council® to encourage students and adult program leaders to consume nutrient-rich foods and achieve 60 minutes of physical activity every day.  This grant provides funds to help schools implement a Healthy Eating Play, including a visit to a local supermarket (under the guidance of the supermarket’s registered dietitian or health and wellness professional), and a corresponding physical activity play.

Grant Amount:  Schools may apply for up to $3,000 in grant funding, with a maximum of $1,000 used for physical activity.

Eligibility Criteria:
To be considered for the Fuel Up to Play 60 Healthy Lifestyle Grant schools must:

  1. Complete and submit an accurate online grant application.
  2. Participate in National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program.
  3. Be enrolled in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for the 2012-13 school year.  (Note:  program enrollment is free of charge; schools can enroll online at www.FuelUpToPlay60.com).
  4. Have support /backing from the school principal, district school nutrition director, and school nutrition manager.
  5. Provide an opportunity for students to learn about healthy eating from a local supermarket’s registered dietitian or health and wellness professional and to participate in a field trip to a local supermarket.

Grant Application Timeline:

Announcement of grants   September 4, 2012
Application Web Site Opens   September 4, 2012
Application Deadline   November 16, 2012
Based on demand, the Healthy Lifestyle Grants may close earlier than November 16th. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible to be considered for the grant.
Schools notified (accept/decline)   By December 5, 2012
Grant payment to schools   By December 14, 2012
Program implementation
(including supermarket visit)
  through April 26, 2013
Final report due from schools   May 31, 2013


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply for the Healthy Lifestyle Grant and other funding provided by Fuel Up to Play 60?
Yes, schools are permitted to apply for the Healthy Lifestyle Grant program  even if they have received and/or applied for other funding provided by Fuel Up to Play 60.

Can our school submit a paper application instead of completing the online application?
No, schools must submit the online application to be considered for the grant.

Do we need to identify the supermarket we will work with now, or after we are approved for the grant?
As part of the application, your school must identify the supermarket your school intends to work with, if your school is approved for the grant.

Can our school select any supermarket in our area to work with for this grant?
The supermarket selected must be within 50 miles of the school and must have a registered dietitian or health and wellness professional  who can work with your school. If you need further assistance in determining a supermarket, your local Dairy Council may be able to provide assistance. Click here for contact information.

Can we use part of the grant money for transportation to the supermarket?
Yes, the cost of transportation is an eligible expense to include in the budget section of your application.

How much are we allowed to budget in each area?
The budget is broken down into two sections, healthy eating and physical activity. No more than $1,000 may be devoted to physical activity. Schools can opt to not request any physical activity funding and instead use all the requested money, up to $3,000, for healthy eating, including the supermarket field trip. Schools opting not to request any physical activity funding must still identify a Physical Activity Play which the schools will implement if the application is approved.

Is the school required to submit any reporting if we are approved for the grant?
Yes, all schools approved for the grant are required to submit information on school meal participation at the beginning of the funding and again at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Your school nutrition professional/food service manager will be able to assist you with this, if necessary.

At the end of the school year, approved schools are also required to submit an online final report outlining the use and impact of the funding.

Who can I contact if our school has additional questions about the Healthy Lifestyle Grant?
If you have questions about this grant, please contact your local Dairy Council. You may also contact the Fuel Up to Play 60 Help Desk at http://www.futpforms.com/support/contact_us_adult.php, or via phone: 800-752-4337 (M to F, 8 am to 5:30 pm ET).

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