If you haven’t visited the SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project yet, do so now! You’re missing out on some really rich data about Fall River and New Bedford, such as the fact that 17.4% of Fall River kids and 19.2% of New Bedford kids are classified as obese (the statewide rate is 16.3%).
Two grant opportunities we just learned about could help SouthCoast organizations bring those numbers down:
“The ING Run for Something Better program will provide a minimum of fifty grants of up to $2,500 each for schools to establish a running program or expand an existing one. The first $1,000 will be awarded to winning schools upon notification of the grant, while the second installment will be distributed upon conclusion of the program and evidence of a culminating running event, receipt of PACER data, and other required post-evaluation materials.
Awards are available for programs serving boys and girls in grades K-8 . Schools must design an eight-week program that runs before, during-, and/or afterschool and that is offered (to the best of the school’s ability) to all students in eligible grades at least twice a week, with a culminating event completed by December 31, 2013. In addition, the program must have a commitment of at least twenty-five students in grades 4 through 8 and must supply PACER data results to NASPE. Any school districts currently involved with ING Run for Something Better or that already participate in an ING U.S.-sponsored culminating event are not eligible to apply.”
“The foundation awards between ten and twenty grants a year for programs that encourage active and healthy lifestyles in children. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, operate a program that serves youth age 18 or under, and be able to demonstrate positive impact on the lives of program participants through their increased participation in running. Grant recipients will be announced two months after the application deadlines (in February and in August).”