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Champions Grant

Grants to North Carolina, California, and Oklahoma K-12
Schools in Eligible Districts to Enhance Education

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Jimmie Johnson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

06/12/20 8:00 PM ET


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Grants to North Carolina, California, and Oklahoma K-12 public schools in eligible districts to enhance local education. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying. Previous grants have been awarded for initiatives in the areas of science and technology, health and wellness, arts, language and literacy, and school improvements and infrastructure.

Champions Grants are distributed to K-12 public schools in designated districts in El Cajon and San Diego, California; Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties in North Carolina; and Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Projects must directly relate to and impact classroom instruction, during the school year. Proposals must be for one cohesive project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179043

Estimated Size of Grant:

Champions Grant program awards range in size from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $75,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any K-12 public school in the districts listed below are eligible to apply. Schools must be in operation and serving students for at least 2 years.

- Cajon Valley Union School District
- Grossmont Union High School District
- San Diego Unified School District

North Carolina
- Cabarrus County Schools
- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

- Hilldale Public Schools
- Muskogee Independent School District 20/Muskogee Public Schools

Charter schools geographically located within the eligible school districts may apply. Charter schools in Tulsa, OK are also eligible to apply.

Parent organizations, Pre Schools, Private Schools, Parochial Schools, and Nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply. PTOs may assist the school to apply for funding, but the project must be managed by the school and must follow all district guidelines and requirements. Applications must be completed and submitted by school staff. No exceptions.

Schools that have received a Champions Grant in the past ARE eligible to apply; however, schools with active grants are not eligible.

The grant money cannot be used to pay for salaries, stipends, artists in residence, memorials, consultant fees, field trips, travel expenses, vehicles, scholarships, modular/mobile classrooms, capital/construction projects (new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement of an existing facility) or third party funding (ex: paying an outside group to facilitate a program or activity).

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are recommended to participate in an Information Call. The purpose of these calls is to provide potential applicants with additional details about the application process, to share Jimmie Johnson Foundation expectations of applicants, and to answer questions applicants may have. The call will take approximately 1 hour and will begin promptly at the scheduled time.

Parent volunteers are able to participate in Information Calls as long as a school staff member is also registered and participates in the same call.

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Pre-Application Information:

- The deadline to submit an LOI for consideration is Friday, May 1st at 3:00 pm ET.
- If selected, the deadline to submit a full application is Friday, June 12th at 8:00 pm ET.
- The 2020 Champions Grant Recipients will be announced no later than December 31, 2020.

*CMS SCHOOLS: Schools in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District must submit their LOI by March 21, 2020.


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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: El Cajon and San Diego;   North Carolina: Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties;   Oklahoma: Muskogee and Tulsa

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