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 grants.gov. Click Hereto 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.
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 Hereto 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 grants.gov website with the link provided above).
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 Herefor a full list of SPARK Awards & Honors
Watch this video to hear what PEP winners say about SPARK:
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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