PEP Grant Information

Carol M. White Physical Education Program

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) has awarded millions of dollars to schools and community based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve high-quality physical education programs. SPARK has worked with over 150 PEP Grant winners to date; Click Here to learn about their PEP experiences with SPARK.

2016 PEP Grant Application - Now Available!

The 2016 PEP grant application is now open.  Click Here to access the grant application on Click Here to download the application as a PDF.

The PEP Grant is under Funding Opportunity Number ED-GRANTS-032116-001.

For a summary of the 2016 PEP grant, read the Federal Register - this document provides the grant priorities, award amounts, and deadline.


The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in grades K–12. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State physical education standards. Review the Federal Register for priorities and requirements of this grant.

Award Amount:
  • Estimated Available Funds: $23,000,000
  • Estimated Range of Awards: $200,000–$800,000
  • Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000
  • Project Period: Up to 36 months
  • Estimated Number of Awards: 15
  • Application Deadline: May 20, 2016
  • Awards will be announced after July 21, 2016

This may be your last chance to receive a PEP Grant!

The 2016 grant application is expected to be the last round of PEP grants. In 2017, the Every Student Succeeds Act will go into effect, and the funding available in the block grants through Title IV will replace the PEP grant funding.

Click Here to view the PEP Grant page on the Department of Education website (this should be updated with the 2016 application soon - for now, access the application on the website with the link provided above).

Information for PEP Grant Applicants:
  1. Resource Guide for 2016 PEP Applicants  Click Here
  2. School Health Index assessments & info Click Here
  3. SPARK alignment with national & state standards Click Here
  4. PECAT Reports for SPARK K-12 PE  Click Here
  5. HECAT Reports for our Health & Nutrition Partners Click Here
  6. Denver Public Schools PEP Grant success story Click Here
  7. SPARK Assessment Tools Click Here
  8. SPARK alignment with Presidential Youth Fitness Program Click Here
  9. SPARK partnership with the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative Click Here
  10. SPARK alignment with the CDC's goals for a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program and 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity each day. Click Here
  11. Helpful webinars:
    1. Pedometers: Why? How? Which Ones?
    2. Integrating Technology: Authentic Assessment in Physical Education
    3. Grants & Funding (featuring past PEP Grant winners)
Why PEP Recipients Have Chosen SPARK:
  • SPARK WORKS. Over 45 publications demonstrate significant outcomes on students and teachers – including academic achievement and moderate to vigorous physical activity - a specified goal for PEP Grant assessment.
  • SPARK LASTS. A 2005 paper in Research Quarterly proved SPARK sustainability/ institutionalization.
  • SPARK physical education is the only nationally disseminated program that positively affects ALL of these student outcomes: Activity levels, fitness, sport skills, enjoyment, and academic achievement.
  • SPARK increases MVPA to over 50% of class-time (PEP reporting requirement) whether instructed by PE specialists or classroom teachers - and SPARK will consult with you on how to measure it.
  • SPARK has been honored as an Exemplary Program of the U.S. Dept. of Education; cited in the Surgeon General’s Report as a “School-based solution to our nation’s healthcare crisis;” earned a “Governor’s Commendation;” and was awarded “Gold” by the Cooper Institute. SPARK is the only program to earn “PE Gold” grades K-8.
  • SPARK offers programs that extend beyond their award-winning K-12 PE Programs, including Early Childhood, After School and Coordinated School Health Initiative (including Nutrition Education).

Click Here for a full list of SPARK Awards & Honors

Watch this video to hear what PEP winners say about SPARK:

Recent News:

  • Check out this video by Millcreek Township School District on how they used PEP dollars to impact their community.
  • New Albany Floyd County Schools and the YMCA of Southern Indiana teamed up to implement SPARK with their PEP grant. Check out this video to learn more!
  • $2.2 million PEP Grant helps Pittsfield Public School (Massachusetts) SPARK-Up their Physical Education program! Click Here...
  • Washington DC Public School District uses PEP funding to implement SPARK across all K-12 schools district-wide! Click Here...
  • Want to hear how Colorado is using PEP funds to get kids active? Listen to this podcast by Colorado Public Radio: Click Here...

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