Each year, the Carol M. Whit Physical Education Program (PEP) gives out grants to schools and other community organizations (including faith-based organization) so that they can implement and expand their physical education programs. The grant applies to programs for students K through 12 and each organization / school is eligible to receive anywhere between $100,000 to $500,000, for the purposes of purchasing equipment, support and improving staff training.

How You Can Qualify
In order to qualify for a grant you must show that your school or organization has designed and implemented a physical education program that lives up to required state standards of physical education. Your program must do at least one of the following:

  • Provide fitness assessments and help students understand physical well-being and how to maintain it.
  • Give middle school physical education teacher opportunities for career development and the chance to stay up to date on the latest trends and developments in the field of physical ed.
  • Educate students in regards to good nutrition and healthy eating habits.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to develop cooperation and social skills through physical activity.
  • Provide instructions in motor skills that will encourage the mental and social development of the students.
  • Provide instruction in cognitive concepts relating to physical fitness and the maintenance of healthy lifestyles.

Changes in Federal Budget
The Obama administration has proposed a plan for the nation's FY 2011 budget that would streamline the Department of Education by consolidating 38 educational programs into 11 new authorities. How will this affect the PEP Grant?

Under the new plan, the Carol M. Whit PEP Grant would be consolidated along with 5 other programs into a single authority called "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students". This would not be the end of the PEP Grant, but a consolidation of its management and funding. The "Successful, Safe and Healthy Students" program would have a budget of $410 million, which currently more than what the six individual programs have combined. The Administration's proposal is still in its initial draft stage. Congress has to determine the framework for the USDE programs as well as for their funding. You can find out how to apply for the PEP Grant by visiting the Carol M. Whit PEP Grant page at the U.S. Department of Education's website.