As we wait for the 2011 PEP Grant competition to be announces here are a few tips to help you prepare.
Update 3/29/11: Applications for the 2011 PEP Grant announced! Click Here for the application.
- Review last year’s guidelines: Rumor has it that very little will change for this year’s competition. However, be sure you understand that they COULD change. We don’t recommend completing an entire application based on last year’s grant. However, we do recommend that you prepare for all aspects of last year’s guidelines. Click here to check out the guidelines: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/applicant.html
- Know and understand what you are required measure. The federal government required detailed and accurate reporting by winning applicants. Be sure to address each of the required measures in your objectives as well as your evaluations.
- Go for the bonus points! Be sure to include a well-outlined plan for collecting BMI data. Your superintendent will need to be on board and signatures will be required. However, this could be the difference between a winning grant and an application that almost wins. Likewise, gather your programming partners, like other health organizations, your food service staff or local youth organizations. A written and signed collaborative agreement can also score you much need bonus points.
- This last tip continues to be critical to winning PEP Grants: Know your needs and be able to prove them through documentation and assessment information. In your application, clearly outline where your program can improve and how PEP funding will make those improvements. Prove that you’ve done your homework by utilizing available assessment tools like the School Health Index, PECAT and HECAT. Always address local, state and national standards.
Hopefully you’ve prepared up to this point, and already have much of the information you need to craft your winning application. SPARK knows and understands what it takes to be a part of a winning PEP Grant proposal. To date, more than 100 PEP grants have been awarded to organizations that chose to implement SPARK curriculum/training and equipment!
Contact a SPARK representative for a free cost proposal and for help writing SPARK into your grant submission. We want to make it easy for you to implement SPARK and improve the quality and quantity of PE/PA at your site(s).