School Physical Activity and Nutrition Grants

Round VI

Purpose

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.  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 Act and nutritional guidelines outlined by the USDA’s Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HKFKA) 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.     

Background

The Georgia Shape Initiative was launched in 2012 by the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), and includes strategies for addressing obesity from birth through age 18 involving statewide, coordinated efforts with targeted communication strategies and multiple partnerships among other state government agencies, private foundations, healthcare providers, professional athletic teams, and private companies. Efforts focus on schools, communities, child care centers, government and policy agencies, businesses, hospitals, and medical practices. Georgia Shape grew from the Georgia S.H.A.P.E. mandate passed in 2009 (see below).

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the state agency with ultimate responsibility for the health of communities and Georgia’s population. At the state level, DPH manages more than 100 programs to protect and promote the public’s health. At the local level, DPH functions via 18 health districts and 159 county health departments.  DPH works to improve the quality of Georgians’ lives by promoting healthy lifestyles, creating environments that support health, and preventing chronic disease, disability, and premature death. 

Physical Activity: The School Health and Physical Education Act was passed in the 2009 Georgia legislative session (O.C. G.A. 20-2-777). Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the law requires each local school district to conduct an annual fitness assessment for all Georgia public school students in grades 1 - 12 enrolled in physical education classes taught by certified physical education teachers.  FITNESSGRAM© was selected as the fitness assessment tool to be used by all Georgia schools.

Nutrition: Under federal law, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools that participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. These Programs ensure nutritious foods in schools and the availability for free and reduced-price meals for children. The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 introduced a requirement for local educational agencies to have school wellness policies. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 strengthened that school wellness policy requirement and requires participating schools to offer more fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods; offer fat-free or low-fat milk; limit saturated fat and sodium; minimize trans-fat; limit the calories that can be served in meals and snacks; and add tofu as a meat alternative.  Together these provisions are intended to increase access to healthy foods for children and decrease food insecurity, which has been closely linked to childhood obesity.

By addressing FITNESSGRAM© results and HHFKA requirements, schools will also be building a solid foundation to apply for recognition from the USDA Healthier School Challenge program and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation program.  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 providing grant funding and technical assistance to schools to improve student fitness based on the results of the FITNESSGRAM© assessment or to test new strategies that support implementation of federal laws, including the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act requirements.

At no cost to the grantee, independent subject matter experts will be made available to provide training and technical assistance to funded schools.  Examples of technical assistance include: helping grantees conduct health assessments and identify priorities, providing reference tools, conducting peer learning and trainings, and assisting with evaluation.  All grantees must agree to participate in or utilize training opportunities provided during the grant period. Technical assistance to support schools in developing worksite wellness programs so that teachers and staff can model healthy behaviors for youth is available to enhanced funding awardees.

Schools may apply for either component I or component II below:

  1. Core Funding (Nutrition only) - $3,000

Schools applying for core funding are required to: 1) identify a health champion; 2) establish or re-activate a health or wellness council; 3) conduct an approved school health assessment; 4) identify two nutrition priority actions/activities to be completed during the 2016-2017 school year; 5) attend a statewide “best practices” meeting; 6) participate in training/technical assistance; and 7) submit a final report of activities and outcomes to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

  1. Enhanced Funding (Nutrition & Physical Activity) - $5,000

Schools applying for enhanced funding are required to: 1) identify a health champion; 2) establish or re-activate a health or wellness council; 3) conduct an approved school health assessment; 4) identify two nutrition priority actions/activities  and one physical activity priority action/activity to be completed during the 2016-2017 school year; 5) attend a statewide “best practices” meeting; 6) participate in training/technical assistance; and 7) submit a final report of activities and outcomes to the Georgia Department of Public Health.

Eligibility

Any Georgia public school is eligible to apply. Only one application per school is permitted. Previously funded schools that have received implementation or enhanced grants are not eligible to re-apply. Schools applying for Shape funding through this grant opportunity must implement evidenced-based strategies and activities that advance policies and improve environments that support the adoption of healthy behaviors.

Funding Preferences: Preference will be given to schools and districts with the greatest opportunity to improve student performance on Healthy Fitness Zone on Aerobic Capacity or Body Mass Index measures. 

Note: Previously funded schools that have received $5,000 or more are not eligible to re-apply.

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 3B01DP009013-15S2.

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.

Number of Awards:  The exact number of awardees will depend upon the number and type of grants submitted.

Funding Opportunity Release Date: Monday, February 15, 2016
Application Due Date: Monday, May 2, 2016
Anticipated Award Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Performance Period:   October 2016 to June 2017

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted online by May 02, 2016.  

Applications will be scored based on the total possible points listed for each element of the application, listed below.  Applications should not exceed 10 pages. Applications should follow the outline as described below in “Funding Requirements and Scoring”. 

Questions regarding this funding opportunity should be directed to Kia Toodle at kia.toodle@dph.ga.gov