Do You Need Funds To Support Your Programs?



Congratulations to the schools selected as Impact Grant recipients for the spring of 2022. The following individuals each earned a $500 GOPHER gift card for their schools:

Nicholas Gustin- Marlin Elementary School, Monroe County Community Schools

Erin Taylor- Sunnyside Elementary School, Lawrence Township, Indianapolis

Ryan Macy- Northeast Elementary School, Greenwood Community Schools

Start next school year out with something fresh and exciting for your students! Never filled out a grant before? No problem. We’re here to help you succeed! Just give it a try and feel free to ask questions. We can help with revisions later if needed.

The application is quick and easy, so act now! Here’s the scoop:

  • Description: A one-time grant (up to $500) to support impact programs in health and physical education in Indiana K-12 schools. Funds must be used to improve at least one primary objective during the school year.
  • Timetable: Rolling submission deadlines on the 14th and 28th of each month. You receive notice within two weeks!
  • Description of Grant: Grants will be awarded in the form of a gift card for purchases up to $500 at GOPHER Sport, Play with a Purpose, SPARK, Moving Minds, STEM supplies, and/or GOPHER Performance.
  • Eligibility: All INSHAPE members in good standing are eligible. Board members and Grant Council members are not eligible.
  • Questions: Contact Aaron Crawn, INSHAPE Grants Council Chair

Are your needs greater than $500? The health.moves.minds program has a fundraising platform to support your school and community. Bringing health.moves.minds to your school is a sustainable source for equipment purchases every year. Interested? Contact Meg Hite, INSHAPE Joint Projects Chair.

Other Grant Options & Tips

In Your School

Title IVa ESSA Funds

Federal funds have been distributed to Indiana school districts. Determine available funding for your district. You will also find a planning worksheet and sample letters to make your ask.


Health. Moves. Minds.

This in-school, service-learning program includes a fundraising platform to support your school and community needs. More information available here.

In the Community

Public Grants

Countless entities offer health and physical education grants. We’ve listed a few below for you to consider. Please check the grantor’s web site for complete and current details.

Grant Tips

How To Write An Effective Grant Application (PDF)

For more information:  Aaron Crawn, INSHAPE Grant Council Chair (email)

Public Grants

last updated: 10/25/20

Indiana Youth Institute Professional Development Grant

IYI’s Professional Development Grant program offers financial assistance for workers to attend continuing education opportunities that will help them promote the healthy development of children and youth, with emphasis on training that IYI does not or cannot offer, and that the applicant might not otherwise be able to attend. Grants may be used to pay for registration fees and some travel costs associated with attending a conference, training, or workshop that focuses on nonprofit management or healthy youth development. Amount: Up to $750.

February 19, 2021 and April 30, 2021

Eli Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program

This Endowment will offer up to 100 grants of $12,000 to Indiana’s K-12 public and private school educators (including teachers, school counselors, principals, assistant principals and media specialists) for projects of the individual’s choice. They encourage teams to submit collaborative proposals. Applicants must have held a position as a teacher, school counselor, principal, assistant principal or media specialist since at least Fall 2016; be currently employed full time; and be Indiana-certified in grades K-12.

November 2, 2020

2019 Colts Fuel Up to Play 60 Hometown Grant

The NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 Partnership is celebrating its 10th year! Both the American Dairy Association Indiana and the Indianapolis Colts, local sponsors of Fuel Up to Play 60, are pleased to offer this opportunity for your school/district to win $10,000 from the NFL Foundation.

November 6, 2020

2020 SHAPE America
Impact Schools Grant Program

SHAPE America’s Impact Schools grant program will provide much needed funds and professional development opportunities to schools to enhance health and physical education programs in high-need areas across the nation, while helping teachers continue their studies and build expertise that improves student outcomes.

November 19, 2020

Dairy Dollars

The American Dairy Association of Indiana is offering Dairy Dollars for equipment grants! Grants will open January 3 and close January 31, 2020. Begin thinking about what your equipment and food service needs are moving forward.

November 6, 2020

Caesars Foundation

Specifically for those working in Hammond, IN; Elizabeth, IN, Caesars Foundation is a private foundation funded by resorts owned or operated by the Caesars group. The Foundation is the entity through which Caesars Entertainment funds programs and projects of $5,000 or more, as well as not-for-profit giving requirements imposed by certain operating jurisdictions.

Deadline varies

Other ways to raise funds for health and physical education

Programs, platforms & tools.


health.moves.minds is a joint program of INSHAPE and SHAPE America to teach students to take care of their mind and body; being kind to others. Funds raised are used to purchase physical education equipment.

Donor’s Choose empowers public school teachers from across the country to request much-needed materials and experiences for their students. Right now there are thousands of classroom requests that you can help bring to life with a gift of any amount.


A free grant database allows you to search for current available grants without the cost of an expensive subscription. We invite you to use it as much as possible to find the right funds for your school or organization. The database is maintained and updated continuously, so be sure to check back often for new opportunities.

Grant Search

Create a custom search for health and physical education grant opportunities by state and interest area.