Smart from the Start Awards

Awards to USA Preschool Educators for
Health, Nutrition, and Fitness Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 177000
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Together Counts

03/02/17 8:00 PM EST

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Awards ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to USA teachers in early childhood programs, elementary school preschool programs, or Head Start centers to improve their schools' nutrition and physical activity programs. These awards are designed to encourage preschool teachers to develop plans for creating practical, long-term improvements in the eating and exercise habits of students.

Preschool teachers are encouraged to identify their school’s nutrition and physical activity needs, to write a goal statement that addresses these needs, and to create a simple action plan that incorporates support from the community in order to meet this goal. Smart from the Start aims to provide educators and families of children ages 3-5 years with the tools and resources they need to provide their preschoolers with a strong beginning during the most crucial time in their development.

The Grand Prize winning entry will receive a grant in the amount of $20,000 to be used to improve the school’s wellness programs. The ten schools associated with the Second Prize winning entries will each receive a grant in the amount of $2,500 to be used to improve the school’s wellness programs. In addition, all awardees will receive a selection of books appropriate to the pre-K curriculum which are valued at approximately $1,000 (to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion).

The application must include information for all 3 Steps:

- Identify Need: Describe needs for both nutrition and physical activity
- Take Action: Create goals and an action plan
- Create Long-Term Change: Describe your school’s current needs, and how your action plan and the $20,000 grant will help achieve long‐term change and create healthy habits in your school.

One grand prize and 10 runners up awards will be given.

The winning preschool will be awarded $20,000 and ten runners-up will each receive $2,500. Plus, each winning school will receive their own prize pack of books valued at approximately $1,000.

The Together Counts “Smart from the Start” Contest (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age and older and who are employed at an early childhood education center, Head Start center, or elementary school in the United States that offers a Pre-K program. Home school teachers are not eligible to apply.

Employees, officers and directors of Discovery Communications, LLC (“Sponsor”), Promotion Mechanics, Inc. (“Administrator”), their parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising/promotion agencies, promotional suppliers, and the immediate family members (spouse, siblings, and children, regardless of where they live) or members of the same households (whether related or not) of such employees, officers and directors are not eligible.

Further, schools which have won a Grand Prize in any previous offering of the Smart from the Start Contest are not eligible to win a prize. Eligibility may be verified by the Sponsor at any time. Any determinations of eligibility will be made by the Sponsor whose decision is final.

Entrant warrants that his or her employer has granted permission for Entrant to participate in this Contest.

Judging will begin on or about March 13, 2017.

Potential winners will be notified by email, phone, postal mail or express mail, beginning on or about May 1, 2017.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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To contact by email:

Discovery Education
One Discovery Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Toll-free Phone: 1-800-323-9084
Fax: 1-855-495-6542

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