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This page provides brief summaries of grants that are currently open that could fund Polar products and services. If you are ready to begin applying for grants today, use this page to learn about grant programs that are accepting applications right now (or that will be accepting applications very soon) to gain an understanding of some of your present time-sensitive funding options.

Please note the grants listed here do not represent an exhaustive list of funders currently accepting applications for grant programs that could fund Polar products and services. While most grant funders have specific time periods during which they will accept applications, some funders accept applications on an ongoing basis (without deadlines). Grants with applications accepted on an ongoing basis are not the focus of this page, so they will not typically be listed here. Please consult the reports on the "Grant Research Reports" page for information on grants accepted on an ongoing basis. Additionally, other opportunities that are good fits for your organization's individual needs and project plan may exist and be currently open beyond what is listed here, not all grants listed here will be applicable to your organization, and only the most basic information about each grant has been included here. You should read the information presented here carefully, and then visit the official grant program website and follow up directly with the funder for each grant you are interested in to ensure you are eligible and fully understand all rules and requirements for each grant you plan to pursue.

Full Service Community Schools

What kinds of projects are funded? The US Department of Education’s Full-Service Community Schools grant program provides comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children. Each program must propose to provide at least three (3+) of the following eligible services at each participating full-service community school included in its proposed project*:

1. High-quality early learning programs or services.

2. Remedial education, aligned with academic supports and other enrichment activities, providing students with a comprehensive academic program.

3. Family engagement, including parental involvement, parent leadership, family literacy, and parent education programs.

4. Mentoring and other youth development programs.

5. Community service and service learning opportunities.

6. Programs that provide assistance to students who have been chronically absent, truant, suspended, or expelled.

7. Job training and career counseling services.

8. Nutrition services and physical activities.

9. Primary health and dental care.

10. Activities that improve access to and use of social service programs and programs that promote family financial stability.

11. Mental health services.

12. Adult education and literacy services including instruction of adults in English as a second language.

*Physical activity services and opportunities that include Polar could be one part of a larger project offering a broader menu of services.

Applicants working in designated Promise Zone are eligible for three (3) bonus points. The currently designated Promise Zones are: Philadephia, PA; San Antonio, Texas; Los Angeles,CA; Kentucky Highlands Promise Zone, KY; and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, OK. 

Who can apply? Eligible applicants are consortia consisting of a local educational agency (school district) and one or more community-based organizations, non-profit organizations, or other public or private entities. The district and all partners must sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining the roles and responsibilities of each.

What is the award size? Awards are expected to range from $275,000 to $500,000 per year for up to five years. The average yearly award expected to be $457,025. Approximately 10 awards are expected to be made nationwide in 2014. Matching is required. A minimum match of 20% is strongly encouraged. Matching may be cash and/or inkind.

When is it due? 6/20/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www2.ed.gov/programs/communityschools/index.html


Erie Community Foundation Shaping Tomorrow Grants 

What kinds of projects are funded? Grants can be for any of the 8 Erie Community Foundation Vital Signs areas, but the 2014 focus will be on Health, Education, and The Economy. Focuses under Health are Adult Health, Child Health, and Diabetes. The focus of child health is K-6 overweight and obesity. There is some interest in overweight and obesity outcomes for 7-12 as well. Under Adult Health, physical activity and overweight/obesity are among many indicators the Foundation intends to follow. Details on Vital Signs can be found at http://www.erievitalsigns.org/about-us 

Who can apply? Non-profits located in Erie County, PA service a target population with a majority located in Erie County, PA 

What is the award size? Total grant awards are up to $300,000 each—so this is a big one! 

When is it due? There are TWO grant deadlines this year: 2/14/2014 and 8/27/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www.eriecommunityfoundation.org/for-grant-seekers/grantmaking/shaping-tomorrow/ 


New York State Health Foundation Special Projects Fund (NY)

What kinds of projects are funded? The Special Projects Fund supports one-time, immediate or time-sensitive, sustainable projects that seek to improve health and healthcare on a state-wide or region-wide scale in topic areas other than the Foundations three priority areas (insurance coverage expansion, diabetes prevention, and advancement of primary care).

Who can apply? 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations with a significant presence in New York State.

What is the award size? $50,000 - $400,000, with most awards falling in the $250,000 range

When is it due? An online inquiry form must be submitted first. Online inquiries are due by 1pm on 4/10/2014. Full applications, if invited, are due by 1pm on 6/6/2014.

Where can I find out more? http://nyshealthfoundation.org/grant-seekers/rfps/2014-special-projects-fund


Healthy Kids, Healthy Families (IL, NM, OK, TX)

What kinds of projects are funded? Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative designed to improve the health and wellness of at least one million children through community investments by Health Care Service Corporation and its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative will invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs to reach children and their families in the following areas:

  • Nutrition education
  • Physical activity
  • Disease prevention and management
  • Supporting safe environments

Who can apply? 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in IL, NM, OK, and TX may apply

What is the award size? For this grant program, HCSC defers to the expertise of the applicants to educate us on the funding needed to run a successful program.

When is it due?

IL: applications accepted between 2/17/2014 and 3/21/2014
NM: applications accepted between 6/10/2014 and 9/10/2014
OK: applications accepted between 5/1/2014 and 9/30/2014
TX: applications accepted between 3/17/2014 and 4/18/2014.

Where can I find out more? http://hcsc.com/grants.html


Salina Regional Health Center: Community Health Investment Program (CHIP) (KS)

What kinds of projects are funded? Projects aimed at improving the health of people in north central Kansas can be supported.

Who can apply? 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government agencies serving people in north central Kansas appear to be eligible for funding.

What is the award size? Award sizes vary. Contact the funder to discuss your project and determine a reasonable request amount.

When is it due? 4/23/2014, 7/23/2014, 10/29/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www.srhc.com/about/community_health_investment_program.php


The Colorado Health Foundation: Grants (CO)

What kinds of projects are funded? The Colorado Health Foundation supports health projects focused on improving health and healthcare for Colorado residents within three priority community outcome areas: Healthy Living, Health Coverage, and Health Care.

Who can apply? 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies in Colorado and serving Colorado residents.

What is the award size? Previous award data shows awards range from $5,000-$8,000,000+ with 75% of awards at or below $400,000.

When is it due? 6/15/2014 and 10/15/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www.coloradohealth.org/grantmaking.aspx


Fallon Health Community Benefits Grant Program (MA)

What kinds of projects are funded? This program supports new and continued existing programs in the following areas:

  • Programs that promote opportunities for "at-risk"/ "proven risk" youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 21
  • Programs that improve access to good nutrition and/or promote physical activity
  • Preventive health and social service programs for seniors
  • Programs that provide services to support individuals with behavioral and/or mental health issues with a specific emphasis on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable groups by their ethnicity, age, demographics and risk-factors.

Who can apply? Nonprofit health and social service agencies, public schools, city or town agencies, community health centers, community mental health agencies and hospitals serving the Fallon Health service area in Massachusetts. Special focus will be placed on populations in populations in Barnstable County, Berkshire Country, Bristol County, Essex County, Hampden County, Hampshire County, Franklin County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County and Worcester County in Massachusetts.

What is the award size? $5,000-$45,000

When is it due? 6/27/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www.fchp.org/about-fchp/benefits.aspx and http://www.fchp.org/about-fchp/~/media/Files/General/Community-Benefits-Grant-RFP-2014.ashx


The Community Foundation for South Central New York Community Fund Grant (NY)

What kinds of projects are funded? This grant program appears to support community needs in virtually all topic areas in the Foundation’s service area of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and/or Tioga counties in New York State, including support for Program, Capital expenses, Operating Support, and Capacity Building projects.

Who can apply? Any 501(c)(3) whose project will significantly benefit residents in the Foundation's service area; certain local government agencies, municipalities and public school systems within the Foundation’s service area; and some other organizations with 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsors may apply.

What is the award size? $1,000-$15,000

When is it due? 9/2/2014

Where can I find out more? http://donorswhocare.org/grant-seekers/the-community-fund.html


Hillsdale County Community Foundation Y.O.U.T.H. Grants (MI)

What kinds of projects are funded? Youth Opportunities Unlimited Throughout Hillsdale (Y.O.U.T.H.) grants support projects in the following areas: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, environmental issues, health and wellness, and improvement in the physical, mental and moral conditions of Hillsdale County young people. The funder indicates, "The foundation seeks to support creative approaches to community needs and problems that benefit the widest possible range of people."

Who can apply? 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools, and government agencies serving a significant number of young people under 21 years of age residing in Hillsdale County, Michigan.

What is the award size? Contact the funder to discuss your project and determine a reasonable request amount.

When is it due? 11/1/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www.abouthccf.org/youth.aspx


The Salem Health and Wellness Foundation: Mini-Grant Program (NJ)

What kinds of projects are funded? Funds support small events and programs serving Salem County, NJ that support the Foundation's priority areas: healthy eating, active living, teen pregnancy prevention, and reducing childhood obesity. Examples activities that may be supported include health fairs, adult/children running programs, and health educational events.

Who can apply? 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools may apply.

What is the award size? Up to $2,500

When is it due? Apply now.

Where can I find out more? http://salemwellnessfoundation.org/mini-grant-program/


Vela Foundation Grants (MA)

What kinds of projects are funded? The Vela Foundation supports organizations in eastern Massachusetts that improve access to healthy foods and encourage fitness through nutritional education and physical activity.

Who can apply? Organizations working to improve access to healthy foods and encourage fitness through nutritional education and physical activity are eligible to apply. Multiple schools within a single school district may apply.

What is the award size? $500-$5,000

When is it due? 4/15/2014 and 9/15/2014

Where can I find out more? http://www.velafoundation.org/apply.php


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