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

BlueCHIP Healthy Community Award

Program recognizes and rewards Kansas communities that encourage and support healthy lifestyles through programs, initiatives, policies and/or community-wide events. Winning communities receive $2,500 to further their efforts to fund programs or initiatives which support healthy lifestyles.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December.
Organization: Kansas Recreation & Park Association and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas

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 Healthy Community Initiative: Improving Health Equity in Kansas

Program seeks to support leadership teams in cities, towns, counties, or regions in Kansas to engage in advocacy efforts that will improve the health of people in Kansas experiencing poor health outcomes and create a network of community health advocates willing to learn and discover how to effectively impact the health of Kansans using a health equity lens. Applicants are eligible to apply for a grant total of up to $262,500 ($75,000 per year) for 3.5 years beginning July 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2020. KHF anticipates funding up to 20 communities through this initiative.

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

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

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

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