Funding Opportunities for Fuel Up to Play 60

What Do We Need to Know about Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60?
Funding opportunities are available to any qualified K-12 school enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Sponsored by the National Dairy Council, state and regional Dairy Councils and other supporting organizations, the competitive, nationwide funding program provides seed money – up to $4,000 per school – to help your Fuel Up to Play 60 team take actions critical to achieving program outcomes.

UPCOMING APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11/1/2013

Application Deadlines
There are two funding application deadlines during the 2013-14 school year. The remaining deadlines are:

  • June 4, 2013 (If approved for funding, the money will be distributed after June 30, 2013, and will count toward the school’s funding for the 2013-14 school year.)
  • November 1, 2013

You can apply during more than one application period, for a school-year maximum of $4,000. The sooner you apply, the sooner your school can be considered for funding to support your Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

What is the purpose of the Funds?
The purpose of Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 is to help your school increase:

  • student awareness of the importance of healthy eating and increased physical activity;
  • student access to and consumption of nutrient-rich foods, including low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains;
  • student opportunities for and participation in physical activity in school;
  • sustainable changes in making your school a healthier place.

Funds can be used to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays and to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook provides dozens of possible Plays, or action strategies, that your school can use or adapt – or you can develop your own Plays.

Funds may be used to support a range of different program-related activities, such as Play implementation, student engagement and motivation, Kickoff and launch, in-school promotions, family engagement and tracking and measurement. For more information and ideas, see Funds in Action.

Can we apply more than once?
Yes! Schools may apply more than once within the school year but can receive a total maximum of $4,000 for the school  year.  We ask that when you apply you ask  only for the amount of money your school can use now, then consider applying later in the school year for additional funding.

Who can apply for the Funds?
Schools at different stages of program involvement may apply for funding for Fuel Up to Play 60 – whether you’re just starting out with the program and beginning to make improvements in your school’s nutrition and physical activity environment or whether you’re looking to expand and extend an initiative that’s already in motion. To learn whether your school qualifies, download Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60: Eligibility and Guidelines.

How can our school use the Funds?
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 may be used to support a range of different program-related activities. Perhaps you need funding to help implement specific Healthy Eating or Physical Activity Plays. The Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook provides dozens of possible Plays, or action strategies, your school can use or adapt – or you can develop your own Plays.

Additionally, you might ask for Funds to help with project expenses, equipment or other out-of-pocket costs. Or perhaps you want funding to assist with the costs of general program initiatives, such as promotion, student engagement and motivation, staff engagement, family engagement and outreach and/or tracking and measurement.

Whether you’re requesting Funds to help with specific Plays or to support general program initiatives, you must explain how you’re addressing both healthy eating and physical activity in your Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

For specific examples of how other schools have used Funds, download Funds in Action.

What is the School Wellness Investigation, and how does it relate to our Funds application?
The Fuel Up to Play 60 School Wellness Investigation will help you collect information about the current nutrition and physical activity environment in your school – and identify opportunities to make the environment even better. A completed School Wellness Investigation is required by schools applying for Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60.

Fuel Up to Play 60 schools can complete a School Wellness Investigation online – and a printable PDF is available as well. Adults can provide guidance and should input results into the School Wellness Investigation tool, but the students working on Fuel Up to Play 60 should collect the data. It's a great learning and leadership opportunity!

The School Wellness Investigation asks questions that are aligned with best practices in school wellness.  It is adapted from Students Taking Charge, a toolkit developed by Massachusetts Action for Healthy Kids, and from the School Health Index, designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can we track and measure the impact of our Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and why is this important to our use of Funds?
Tracking and measuring the impact of your Fuel Up to Play 60 program lets you know whether your efforts are working. One easy way to track progress is to conduct the School Wellness Investigation both before your program begins (in preparation for applying for Funds) and after you’ve put your program in place.

How will our application be judged?
Funds will be awarded based on a competitive review of each application, taking into consideration the following factors: school enrollment; student involvement and reach; in-school support; assessment of the school wellness environment; intended uses of Funds to help impact healthy eating and physical activity; and school location. Consideration will also be given to schools in underserved communities, whose students are most at risk for poor nutrition and childhood overweight and obesity. To learn more about judging criteria, download Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60: Eligibility and Guidelines.

What are the Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 guidelines?
As you complete your application, keep in mind that funding awards will be made only to schools, not to individuals. You are encouraged to request only the amount of money your school will need – from a minimum of $300 up to a maximum of $4,000. To see additional funding guidelines, download Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60: Eligibility and Guidelines.

How do we apply for the Funds?
For help assembling the best application possible, visit our application page. There you’ll find several key resources: planning questions; an application worksheet; a downloadable, printable copy of the application form; and a link to the online application.

What happens if our school’s application is approved?
You will receive notification of the funding decision within approximately four weeks of the application deadline, and funds will be distributed shortly thereafter. At the end of the school year, you must complete an online follow-up report to document activities, expenditures and impact.

What happens if our school’s application is declined?
You are welcome to apply again in another funding cycle. You may find it helpful to consult with your local Dairy Council representative, who may be able to offer suggestions for strengthening your application.

More Information about Funds
Learn more about Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 by visiting these pages:

Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 An introductory page about the Funds program. View the eligibility requirements, learn about the funding amount and see the application deadlines.

How Do We Apply For Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60?  This step-by-step guidance will help you think about and prepare your application.