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Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.137
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 31, 2019

For programmatic or technical questions:
Tish Hall

For grants management or budget questions:
Eric West


The Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative) provides grants to develop and implement sports fitness programs based on successful evidenced-based strategies of youth engagement for racial/ethnic minority and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged 6th, 7th, and/or 8th graders, particularly those who reside in communities where no or few youth sports programs exist. The YES Initiative intends to identify characteristics of effective collaborations that improve physical activity and nutrition through increased participation in sports.

Primary outcomes should include:

  • Increased participation in physical activity for youth who do not meet current physical activity guidelines at baseline
  • Improved physical literacy
  • Increased consumption of dark green, orange, and red vegetables; whole fresh fruit; and decreased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Development of action plans for ensuring the sustainability of highly successful collaboration strategies

Proposed projects should strive to demonstrate the effectiveness of collaborations that include institutions of higher education, community recreation groups, sports organizations, public health entities, local schools, community-based organizations, and parents to increase opportunities for sports participation among minority and disadvantaged youth; particularly those who reside in socio-economically disadvantaged areas and rural communities.


Public and nonprofit private entities and indigenous human resource providers in communities of color are eligible to apply, including:

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and state controlled institutions of higher education
  • Federally recognized Native American Tribal governments
  • Public housing authorities and Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations with and without 501(c)(3) IRS status
  • Private nonprofit institutions of higher education
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $400,000 per year
Award floor: $325,000 per year
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 5-6

The YES Initiative may conduct a limited competition among successful applicants for a third year of funding to implement sustainability plans.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through

To locate application instructions:

  1. Open the announcement.
  2. Click on the package tab.
  3. Choose to preview the opportunity package.
  4. Click on the button that says download instructions.
  5. Application instructions will be in your browser download folder.

Applicant webinar:
April 24, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern
(Visit or contact to receive webinar details.)

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Food security and nutrition · Minorities · Networking and collaboration · Obesity and weight control · Physical activity · Poverty · Racial and ethnic groups · Schools · Sustainability of programs · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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