Youth Engagement in Sports: Collaboration to Improve Adolescent Physical Activity and Nutrition (YES Initiative)
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
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.
Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through grants.gov.
To locate application instructions:
- Open the grants.gov announcement.
- Click on the package tab.
- Choose to preview the opportunity package.
- Click on the button that says download instructions.
- Application instructions will be in your browser download folder.
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