If you’ve decided that you want to engage your school in the Indiana FITNESSGRAM Project but don’t have funds for the licensing, your school has several options for assistance.
NFL Play 60
Through the NFL Foundation, each state that has an NFL team has been selecting 35 schools or after-school programs to participate in FITNESSGRAM annually. To find out more about this opportunity, check out the NFL Play 60 FITNESSGRAM website.
IU Health Strong Schools
Indiana University Health is committed to improving health and wants to support opportunities for more physical activity in our elementary schools and communities. Because healthier and more active kids tend to learn better, IU Health and Action for Healthy Kids have teamed up to provide IU Health Strong Schools grants to 27 elementary schools across the state. Grants support the purchase of FITNESSGRAM and initiatives that increase physical activity for students, teachers and the broader community. Awardees will receive one-on-one support for schools, connections with other Indiana schools focusing on wellness, school events that engage family/community during Every Kid Healthy Week, and linkages between schools and IU Health resources/programs/affiliates. For more information, visit the IU Health Strong Schools website.
Presidential Youth Fitness Program
Through the generosity of a grant from General Mills, the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) has been awarding three-year grants toward this effort. Schools are eligible to apply for the PYFP funding, which provides supports implementation of the PYFP program, including access to content-specific virtual training course for physical education teachers, FITNESSGRAM software, and recognition items for students. Previously, applications were only available to individual schools; however, school districts are now eligible and strongly encouraged to apply. An application and more information on this funding opportunity, including details on what it provides and application requirements, are available on the PYFP website.
You might also find opportunities through local businesses, local foundations, civic funding clubs (e.g., Kiwanis), or your local chamber of commerce. If you are going to engage volunteers, think about asking a business to donate the cost of a license and the time of ten volunteers to get a school up and running. Fitness testing takes approximately one hour per class, based on 30 students in a class. Learn more about engaging volunteers in FITNESSGRAM.