This week we’re featuring a blog post from a guest author, Aaron Hart. Mr. Hart has been involved in the development of numerous successful PEP grants and we’re thankful to him for sharing some of his insights below:
We’re all waiting eagerly for this year’s 2010 PEP Grant application guidelines. As we try to be patient here are three tips for writing a successful Carol M. White PEP Grant as you prepare for this year’s competition.
- Know your needs. 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 and PECAT.
- Work well with others. More and more we’re seeing the power of the community collaborative. Where are students spending their time before, during and afterschool? How can you bring all of those settings together to make a coordinated effort to improve physical education, activity and health-related messaging? At SPARK we have solutions to help you coordinate your efforts before and after-school, during recess, at home and of course during physical education classes.
- Energy Balance. Often PEP Grant applications are only focused on one half of the energy balance equation – activity. Don’t forget about nutrition! SPARK offers several ways to improve your nutrition environment combined with powerful nutrition education tools.
Hopefully these tips will help you prepare for the upcoming competition.
If you are a past applicant that has not been awarded, or a district that would like to apply, contact SPARK for assistance! SPARK and Sportime are here to assist you with grant proposals. To date, more than 100 PEP grants have been awarded to organizations that chose to implement SPARK curriculum/training and Sportime equipment! This is a comprehensive, turnkey program that encompasses evaluation of your PE program, creating/improving your curriculum to meet PEP standards, writing your grant proposal, and implementing the new program.
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).
Please visit our 2010 PEP Grant page for more information or contact us during your application process.