Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick-Offs Spring Funding Campaign for California Schools

Taylor Hillman General

Spring 2015 Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP 60) grant funding applications are now open to California K-12 schools interested in supporting health and wellness initiatives. Applications will be accepted now through June 16, 2015 for the FUTP 60 national in-school nutrition and physical-activity program activated in California by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) on behalf of the state’s more than 1,450 California dairy families.

“California dairy families are deeply committed to supporting kids in local communities and have allocated up to $100,000 in funds to help improve student wellness during this program cycle. We’re excited to see how schools can bring healthy eating and physical activity programs to life to help kids create healthy habits for life,” said Jennifer Giambroni, Director of Communications for the CMAB.

Qualifying California schools participating in FUTP 60 are eligible for up to $4,000 during the school year. Funding eligibility for the 2015-2016 school year is held through a competitive program designed to support schools that implement plays from the 2015-2016 edition of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. The FUTP 60 Playbook is an online resource available to help educate students on ways to eat healthier and promote physical activity during the day. Example plays include the Farm to School play that teaches healthy eating choices, allowing participants to team-up with those in their school and community to learn more about the benefits of eating fresh dairy and farm-raised foods; and Ramping Up Recess – a program designed to make recess better for students that involves moving recess to before lunch.

During the fall 2014 campaign drive, the CMAB helped to award 18 schools and 3 school districts with $100,000 in grants on behalf of CMAB and other stakeholders, including $30,000 in “Hometown Grants” from California’s three NFL teams to Santa Clara Unified, Oakland Unified and South Bay Union School Districts.

The following schools received funding through the FUTP 60 Fall 2014 grant process:

El Roble Intermediate, Claremont USD
Denair Academic Avenues Charter School, Denair USD
Questa Elementary, Lammersville USD
ICEF Vista Elementary and Middle Academies, LAUSD
Tenaya Middle School, Merced City SD
College Park Elementary, Newport-Mesa USD
Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School, Sacramento City USD
Lorenzo Manor Elementary, San Lorenzo USD
Scott Valley Junior High, Scott Valley USD
Bayside Elementary, South Bay Union Elementary SD
Utt Middle School, Tustin USD
Oak Manor Elementary, Ukiah USD
Pinole Valley High School, West Contra Costa USD
Central Catholic Elementary, South Pasadena USD
Anderson Valley Elementary, Anderson Valley USD
Canyon Elementary, Irvine USD
Lake Canyon, Galt Joint USD

For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60, the spring grant deadline and to sign up an eligible school, visit FuelUpToPlay60.com.