Recreation and Health

The following is a listing of funding opportunities potentially available for projects related to Recreation and Health with focus on programs applicable to North Central Kansas. Click here for helpful tips on seeking project funding.


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation

Funding for programs that promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. For requests of $1,000 or less, complete the online grant request form. Call about larger requests.

Deadline: Throughout year.
Organization: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation

Carol M. White Physical Education Program

Grants to initiate, expand, or enhance physical education programs, including after-school programs, for students in grades K-12.

Deadline: Annually, generally in April.
Organization: U.S. Department of Education

Good Sports Equipment Grants

Program provides athletic equipment, footwear, and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. To be eligible, applicant must directly serve youth between the ages of 3-18 years old, serve youth in an economically disadvantaged area, and operate an organized sport, recreational activity, or fitness program that offers consistent and structured opportunity for play to large groups of children.

Deadline: Ongoing.
Organization: Good Sports

J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation provides assistance to Christian religious organizations, charitable organizations, institutions of higher learning, hospitals and other organizations of a general charitable nature in the general categories of Educational, General, Health and Religious. Most of the Mabee Foundation grants are made toward building and facility construction and renovation projects and to the purchase of major medical equipment.   Ordinarily, grants are made on a challenge or conditional basis to provide incentive for enlisting the support of other donors. Only the states of Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas are eligible.

Deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis; Trustees meet quarterly.
Organization: J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation, Inc.

KaBoom! Playground Grants

Grants for communities to begin or complete play space projects. KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit, is not a direct grant-making foundation. However, it administers challenge grant programs in cooperation with its funding partners.

Deadline: Varies. Check the website for details.
Organization: KaBoom!

Kansas Health Foundation Impact and Capacity Grants

Funding initiative is focused on two categories — impact grants (work in key health impact areas) or capacity-building grants (to build nonprofit capacity to address health disparities). Projects must align with Kansas Health Foundation’s strategic focus to improve civic health and/or promote health equity in Kansas. More details are available in the Request for Proposals (RFP). Grants are limited to a maximum of $25,000 and one grant award per year.

Deadline: Check website for application deadlines.
Organization: Kansas Health Foundation

KidsGardening – Youth Garden Grant

Youth Garden Grant supports school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. The program is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December
Organization: KidsGardening

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants

Program provides 50 percent reimbursement to selected outdoor recreation projects that are sponsored by political subdivisions and other appropriate public agencies. Qualifying projects include development and/or acquisition of outdoor facilities for the purpose of public recreation.

Deadline: Annually, generally in the spring.
Organization: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

National Recreational Trails Program (NRTP)

Program that funds projects in one or more of the three following categories: motorized, nonmotorized, or diversified recreational trail or trail-related projects. Grant provides an 80/20 match on a reimbursement basis for eligible recreational trail and trail-related projects. Proposals that improve ADA and environmental impacts will receive a high priority.

Deadline: Annually, generally in August.
Organization: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism

Recreation Economy for Rural Communities

A planning assistance program to help communities develop strategies and an action plan to revitalize their Main Streets through outdoor recreation. Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations representing any community in the United States. Special consideration given to communities that are small towns, economically disadvantaged, and/or in the Northern Border region of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. Recreation Economy for Rural Communities is not a grant program. Partner communities will receive help from a planning team to consider challenges and opportunities, convene a community workshop, and develop an action plan for community revitalization through the recreation economy. The assistance is strictly for planning and cannot be used for brick and mortar projects.

Deadline: May
Organization: United States Environmental Protection Agency

Salina Regional Health Center Community Health Investment Program (CHIP)

The SRHC Community Health Investment Program (CHIP) provides funding to organizations that are working to improve the health of residents in North Central Kansas. Funding priorities include children’s health, childhood obesity, mental health, substance abuse, aging populations, heart disease and stroke.

Deadline: Applications accepted quarterly.
Organization: Salina Regional Health Foundation

The Sunderland Foundation

Grants in four major areas including: higher education; youth services; arts and culture; and health care and hospitals. Support focuses on supporting bricks and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas where the Ash Grove Cement Company does business. Eligible areas include Western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and Western Iowa, and, to a lesser extent, in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana. Areas of interest include higher education, churches, youth serving agencies, health facilities, community buildings, museums, civic projects, and low maintenance, energy efficient housing projects sponsored by qualified tax-exempt organizations.

Deadline: Throughout year.
Organization: The Sunderland Foundation

Sunflower Foundation Health Care for Kansans Trail Grants

Program promotes increased physical activity by building community and school-based walking trails. Sunflower Trails assists in the construction, expansion, enhancement and connection of trails through regular grant cycles.

Deadline: Annually, generally in the fall.
Organization: Sunflower Foundation

Transportation Alternatives Program

A Federal reimbursement program that provides funding for projects that relate to surface transportation and fall within one of the three eligible project categories 1.) Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities, 2.) Historic, and 3.) Scenic and Environmental. Historic can be rehabilitating historic transportation-related structures such as depots, bridges, and brick streets. Project applications must be submitted by a local governing entity (i.e. city, county, school district, and other political subdivisions). Program intended for projects without traditional funding sources. Projects that routinely receive funding from local sources will receive lower priority. Minimum local match is 20%.

Deadline: Every other year.
Organization: Kansas Department of Transportation

USDA Food and Nutrition Service – Farm to School Grant Program

The Farm to School Grant Program provides support to incorporate local products into school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into the classroom, and cultivate and expand school gardens. School districts, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations are eligible.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December
Organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service