School Physical Activity and Nutrition Grants

Round VII: 2017-2018 School Year


Background
Georgia Shape is the Governor’s statewide, multi-agency and multi-dimensional initiative that brings together governmental, philanthropic, academic and business communities to address childhood (0-18) obesity in Georgia.  Efforts focus on schools, communities, child care centers, government and policy agencies, businesses, hospitals, and medical practices. 
 
Purpose
Georgia Shape will award grants to public elementary, middle, and high schools to expand and enhance their physical activity and nutrition efforts to improve outcome measures associated with the Georgia School Health and Physical Education (S.H.A.P.E.) Act and nutritional guidelines outlined by the USDA’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and other related federal laws.

Schools may apply for funding to address the nutrition requirements or the nutrition and physical activity requirements of these acts.  By addressing FITNESSGRAM© results and HHFKA requirements, schools will also be building a solid foundation to apply for recognition from programs such as the Alliance for a Healthier Generation programGovernor’s Shape Honor Roll, and the Golden Radish Award.  As such, grantees are strongly encouraged to learn more about these recognition programs and identify the steps necessary to apply for these awards.

Funding Opportunity Overview
Georgia Shape is providing grant funding to schools to implement evidenced-based strategies and activities that advance policies and improve environments that support the adoption of healthy behaviors. At no cost to the grantee, subject matter experts will be made available to provide training and technical assistance to schools.  Examples of technical assistance include: helping grantees conduct health assessments and identify priorities, providing reference tools, assisting with implementation of actions/activities, conducting peer learning and trainings, and assisting with evaluation. 
 
Schools may apply for either option 1 or option 2 below:
  1. Core Funding (Nutrition only) - $3,000
    • Identify two nutrition priority actions/activities to be completed during the 2017-2018 school year
  2. Enhanced Funding (Nutrition & Physical Activity) - $5,000
    • Identify two nutrition priority actions/activities and one physical activity priority actions/activities to be completed during the 2017-2018 school year

If funded, all Shape School grantees (core and enhanced) are required to:
  • Identify a Shape Grant School Champion
  • Establish or enhance a health or wellness council
  • Complete the school health index assessment
  • Attend a statewide “best practices” meeting
  • Implement their nutrition/physical activity priority actions/activities during the 2017-18 school year
  • Participate in training/technical assistance
  • Submit a final report of activities and outcomes to the Georgia Department of Public Health

Eligibility
Schools must:
  • Be a Georgia public school (elementary, middle, or high)
  • Collect and report Fitnessgram data to the Department of Education for the 2015-16 school year
  • Participate in the National School Lunch program
Schools that received a Shape grant in the past are eligible to reapply if all required reporting from previous grant period was submitted and 1) Have only received a $3,000 (planning or core) grant or 2) Received a $5,000 (implementation or enhanced) grant more than 5 years ago
 
Award Information
Funding Agency:  Funding for this project is provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health under the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. Documents and other materials published by schools created with Shape grants must reference award number 6NB01OT009083.
 
Matching Funds:  Matching funds are not required for this grant.
 
Funding: Grant funding will be provided to selected schools upon receipt of all DPH required financial forms. These forms include a State of Georgia Vendor Management form as well as other documentation required by the DPH Financial Services. Grantees are required to participate in an initial technical assistance call along with their school’s district financial representative if awarded. Schools must agree to be the primary fiscal agent for funds awarded through this grant opportunity.
 
Capital purchases and improvements: Capital purchases and improvements will not be permitted without prior approval of the grantor.
 
Number of Awards:  The exact number of awardees will depend upon the number and type of grants submitted.
 
Funding Opportunity Release Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Application Due Date: Friday, April 28, 2017 11:59 PM EST
Anticipated Award Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Performance Period:   October 2017 to June 2018
 
How to Apply
  1. Watch Shape School Physical Activity and Nutrition Grant Program informational video to learn more about the grant program, application process, and scoring criteria. 
  2. Review PDF version of grant application in order to gather appropriate information needed to apply.
  3. Complete the School Health Index Assessment via Alliance for a Healthier Generation before beginning your online application. You will need the results from the assessment in order to complete the application. If your school completed the assessment prior to August 1, 2016, you must complete it again. To complete the assessment or for more information, visit the Healthy Schools Program website.  Click here for instructions on downloading results from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's wbesite once the School Health Index Assessment is complete.
  4. Complete the online application between Wednesday, March 1, 2017 and Friday, April 28, 2017 11:59 PM EST. To begin the online application click on the "Application" button below.
    • Mailed, emailed, handwritten, and/or faxed applications will not be accepted.
    • Only one application per school is permitted.
    • Applications will be scored based on the total possible points listed for each element of the application.  Click here to access the scoring rubric.
Questions regarding this funding opportunity should be directed to Katie Smith, Healthy Schools Program Manager, at Katie.Smith@dph.ga.gov.