10 Grants to Keep Youth Active and Healthy!

Obesity is a real problem in the U.S., and now more than ever it is important that youth stay active and healthy. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2017-18, one in six children ages 2-19 are overweight, whereas one in five have obesity. Especially during the pandemic, many people struggled to stay active since many of their normal activities were on hold and they were staying more isolated.

GrantWatch has a category specifically for sports and recreation grants. Today, GrantWatch is sharing 10 of these grants with its readers. These grants are all for programs that can help youth stay active. These programs range from archery, to baseball, to even yoga.

  • Grants of up to $500 to U.S. nonprofit organizations and government entities for archery programs for youth. Funding also support equipment purchases and range enhancements for organizations that provide archery programming for youth. The purpose of the grant program is to further the sport of archery.
  • In-kind support to U.S. schools for recreational activities. The support is to implement a bicycle riding program in an elementary school. The goal of the program is to lead children to achieve personal and academic growth, desire higher levels of physical activity, and make healthier eating choices. The grant recipient will receive bikes, helmets, teacher curriculum and training, and also student kits for each student participating in the program.
  • There are also in-kind grants of yoga mats to U.S.-certified yoga teachers to increase access to yoga, particularly in underserved populations. Mats are provided and shipped free of charge to support service projects. Preference is given to teachers looking to expand or launch a yoga outreach project.
Rock Climbing
  • Funding for U.S. nonprofits, agencies, land trusts, and individuals for projects that increase rock climbing accessibility. For example, funding is to preserve and improve climbing areas across the nation.
  • In-kind grants to qualifying U.S. coaches and instructors to equip new handball players with eye guards, balls, and gloves. Funding is to foster the development of new handball players and to respond to emerging local interest in the sport. Additionally, funds may go to new or emerging programs, with a goal for them to be self-supporting over a five-year period.
Softball & Baseball
  • In addition, there are grants to U.S., Canada, and International organizations to increase participation in softball and baseball for youth. Funding is to support capital projects, educational activities, and softball and baseball programs for children and youth aged elementary through high school. Preference will go to proposals that increase opportunities for youth who are minorities, girls, or located in underserved communities.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 to U.S. nonprofits for programs that allow children to enjoy the benefits of running. Funding is for programs that increase the well-being of children and youth through physical activities. The goal of the program is to encourage and inspire youth to improve their lives by leading a more active lifestyle.
  • There is also funding for U.S. youth athletic organizations to enhance programs and experiences for youth in sports programs in low-income areas. Applicants must be track and field and running clubs.
  • Grants and in-kind assistance to U.S. nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies to create skateboard parks in disadvantaged communities. Funding is to support the design, development, and construction of new facilities and parks that are safe, free, and open to the public throughout the year.

Looking for similar grants? Try our category specifically for grants for youth. Also, make sure to get a paid subscription to GrantWatch. This allows access to all the website has to offer, including full eligibility requirements, application links, and key-word search tool.

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