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Champions Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Jimmie Johnson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/16/18 8:00 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 to North Carolina, California, and Oklahoma K-12 public schools in eligible districts to enhance education. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in an informational conference call scheduled for selected dates between January 18 and May 4, 2018. Past projects funded include science and technology, health and fitness, 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.

Past grants have paid for the following items in each grant category:

Science and Technology

-Computers, printers, interactive white boards, document cameras, etc.
-Science lab equipment and materials
-Could include some outdoor education projects
-Could include CTE/trade based projects

Language and Literacy

-Imaging Learning and other software to assist EST students
-Library improvements and enhancements
-Literacy projects/initiatives

Arts: Materials for visual and performing arts programs

Health and Fitness

-Gym equipment
-Could include some outdoor education projects

School Improvement/Infrastructure

-Building improvements (auditorium upgrade, window blinds, classroom furniture, etc.)
-Equipment to assist teachers with instructions
-Hot spots

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.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one calendar year (12 months).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any K-12 public school in the districts listed below are eligible to apply.

- 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.

Please note: The school must be open, fully operational and serving students for a minimum of 2 years in order to be eligible to apply for a Champions Grant.

Parent/Teacher Organizations in the districts listed above are not eligible to apply for a Champions Grant independent of the school. PTO’s may work with the school to apply for funding, but the application must be submitted by the school and must follow all district guidelines and requirements. PTO projects not submitted by the school will not be considered.

Pre-schools, private and parochial schools are not eligible to apply. Non-profits and/or community organizations cannot apply on behalf of schools.

Schools that have received a Champions Grant in the past ARE eligible to apply; however, schools with active grants (received in 2017 or have not yet submitted a Final Report) are not eligible.

Please note: The grant money cannot be used to pay for salaries, stipends, artists in residence, memorials, consultant fees, field trips, travel expenses, scholarships, or third party funding (example: paying an outside group to facilitate a program).

Pre-proposal Conference:

If your school meets all eligibility requirements for submitting a Champions Grant application, the Foundation strongly recommends that you participate in an Information Call, even if you have received a Champions Grant in previous years and/or participated in a previous Information Call as the application process has changed.

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. Please note that the Jimmie Johnson Foundation is not able to review individual applications and/or provide specific feedback on these calls.

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. Reminder: parent/community volunteers are not eligible to submit a grant on behalf of a school; however, they are welcome to assist school staff in writing the grant.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in an information call. Applicants must register to attend early. If no one is registered for a specific date 24 hours in advance of the scheduled call, it will be cancelled.

For more information and to register, see the link in Contact Information below.

Upcoming workshops are scheduled for:

-January 18
-January 23
-January 25
-January 29
-January 31
-February 6
-February 9
-February 13
-February 15
-February 21
-February 23
-February 27
-March 1
-March 7
-March 9
-March 14
-March 20
-March 22
-March 28
-April 3
-April 5
-April 9
-April 11
-April 17
-April 19
-April 25
-April 27
-April 30
-May 1
-May 2
-May 3
-May 4

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit all application materials is Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:00pm ET. Schools will be notified of their status no later than December 31, 2018.

The funder's recommendation is that you have your completed application submitted at least 1 hour before the deadline. It is important to note that, depending on internet speed, it could take a while to upload the required documents to the site.

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Contact Information:

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

Register for a conference call here:

Apply online:

(704) 586-2996
Contact the Foundation via form:

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Geographic Focus:

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