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Looking for an Award Winning PEP Grant Program?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students manages the PEP grants and supports efforts to create safe schools, ensure the health and well-being of students, teach students good citizenship and character, respond to crises, and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. For additional information on the PEP grant program, visit

PEP – Physical Education for Progress

The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations (CBOs) to initiate, expand, and improve physical education for students in grades K-12. Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting State physical education standards.

Everything you need to Succeed in applying for the 2013 PEP Grant!

We have compiled a list of documents and resources to assist you in applying for the 2013 PEP Grant.

Downloads include the 2013 PEP Grant Application, A Peaceful Playgrounds PEP Guide to assist you with application requirements and provide information on how Peaceful Playgrounds Programming meets the grant requirements.  The Peaceful Playgrounds PEP Guide includes a new competitive preference which asks applicants to address the 7 Design Filters.  Our guide does that for you.

For your convenience, we posted a Peaceful Playgrounds Programs Price Sheet to assist you with completing your PEP Budget.

A Key Considerations sheet is also posted to help you think through the requirement and commitment you’re making.

The PECAT Assessment on our Programs is included for your review and completion.

A Standards Alignment Matrix on each Peaceful Playground Program will also help with meeting the PEP grant requirements of instructing students on meeting State Physical Education Standards.

So what are you waiting for?  Get started.  Let us know if we can assist you further.

PEP Application 2013 NEW
PEP Application 2013 NEW
PEP Application 2013 NEW.pdf
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PEP 2013 Scoring Rubric
PEP 2013 Scoring Rubric
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PP Pep  Application Guide 2013-2
PP Pep Application Guide 2013-2
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Peaceful Playgrounds Program Flyer
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PEP Narrative for 2go Games in your PEP Grant
PEP Narrative for 2go Games in your PEP Grant
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PEP Grant Key Considerations
PEP Grant Key Considerations
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PP Recess Alignment NASPE
PP Recess Alignment NASPE
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Peaceful Playgrounds Programs PECAT
Peaceful Playgrounds Programs PECAT
Peaceful Playgrounds Programs PECAT.pdf
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2013 PEP Grant Requirements

The 2013 PEP Grant Has 5 Priorities.  There are also required Performance Measures that you should consider in in deciding to apply for the grant.  We have identified download links for required documents within each section below.

Under this priority, an applicant is required to develop, expand, or improve its physical education program and address its State’s physical education standards by undertaking the following activities:

  1.  instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition and
  2.   physical fitness activities that must include at least one of the following:
  • (a) fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being;
  • (b) instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical,mental, and social or emotional development of every student;
  • (c) development of, and instruction in, cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle;
  • (d) opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation; or (e) opportunities for professional development for teachers of physical education to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.
Under this priority we give competitive preference to projects that are designed to address the following priority area:

  • (a) Providing services to students enrolled in persistently lowest-achieving schools  A list of these Tier I and Tier II schools can be found on the Department’s Web site at
We will give a competitive preference priority to an applicant that includes in its application an agreement
that details the participation of required partners, as defined in this notice. The agreement must include a description of:

(1) each partner’s roles and responsibilities in the project;

(2) how each partner will contribute to the project, including any contribution to the local match;

(3) an assurance that the application was developed after timely and meaningful consultation between the required parties, as defined in this notice; and

(4) a commitment to work together to reach the desired goals and outcomes of the project. The partner agreement must be signed by the Authorized Representative of each of the required partners and by other partners as appropriate.

Background. In September 2012, as part of its Let’s Move! initiative, the White House promoted the use of seven
“design filters” to serve as guidelines for both public and private sectors in creating physical activity programs. These are evidence-based program practices developed by experts from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
We believe that the seven design filters complement the priorities and requirements in this notice. Additional information about the seven design filters is available at:

This priority is: Projects that propose to align their programs with the following design filters. Programs should:
1. Strive for universal access;
2. Include a range of age appropriate activities;
3. Aim to reach the recommended guidelines on dosage and duration;
4. Be engaging and fun for kids;
5. Be led by well-trained coaches and mentors;
6. Track progress, both individually and for the group; and
7. Provide consistent motivation and incentives.

Link to a copy of the Framework for Action: Design Filters to download

This priority is: Projects that provide services to students enrolled in priority schools (as defined in this notice).

The following requirements, which are from the notice of final priorities, requirements, and definitions published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2010 (75 FR 34892), apply to this competition:

  • Requirement 1—-Align Project Goals with Identified Needs Using the School Health Index (SHI)
  • Requirement 2–Nutrition- and Physical Activity-Related Policies.
  • Requirement 3–Linkage with Local Wellness Policies.
  • Requirement 4–Linkages with Federal, State, and Local Initiatives.
  • Requirement 5–Updates to Physical Education and Nutrition Instruction Curricula.
    1. To enhance their physical education or nutrition education curricula are required to use the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) and submit their overall PECAT scorecard, and the curriculum
    2. Also those applicants that plan to use grant-related funds, including Federal and non-Federal matching funds to create, update, or enhance their nutrition instruction in health education must complete the healthy eating module of the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT).   Applicants must use the curriculum improvement plan from the HECAT to identify curricular changes to be addressed during the funding period. Applicants must also describe how the HECAT assessment would be used to guide nutrition instruction curricular changes.improvement plan from PECAT.
  • Requirement 6–Equipment Purchases.
  • Requirement 7–Increasing Transparency and Accountability.
The Secretary has established the following key performance measures for collecting data to use in assessing the effectiveness of PEP:

  • (a) The percentage of students served by the grant who engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity measured by using pedometers for students in grades K-12 and an additional 3-Day Physical Activity Recall (3DPAR) instrument to collect data on students in grades 5-12.
  • (b) The percentage of students served by the grant who meet the standard of a healthy fitness zone as established by the assessment for the Presidential Youth Fitness Program (PYFP) in at least five of the six fitness areas of that assessment.
  • (c) The percentage of students served by the grant who consume fruit two or more times per day and vegetables three or more times per day as measured in programs serving high school students using the nutrition-related questions from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey and in programs serving elementary and middle school students using an appropriate assessment tool for their populations.


Estimated Range of Awards: $100,000-$750,000.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $375,000.

Estimated Number of Awards: 95.

Submission Dates and Times:

Applications Available: February 26, 2013.

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: April 12, 2013.

Applications for grants under this program must be submitted electronically using the

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Spotlight – PEP Grant Success Story

As part of a two-year Carol A. White federal grant for improving physical fitness for students in grades kindergarten t

hrough fifth, each of the eight District 112 elementary school playgrounds has been painted with colorful shapes and lines.


PEP Grant Writing – Working with Winners

View our presentation from the Winning Grants Conference in South Carolina. Working with Winners: How to tap in on experience when writing your PEP Grant.

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Below is a list of the 67 grantees:

Alaska Gateway School District
Gadsden City Board of Education
Walker County Board of Education
Mansfield School District 76
San Carlos Unified School District
California Health Collaborative
Youth Policy Institute
Mission View Public Charter School
Kids Moving, Inc.
Alta Vista Public Charter Inc.
Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF)Public Charter Schools
School District No. 1 in the City and County of Denver
Capitol Region Education Council
The School Board of Broward County, FL
Caridad Center, Inc.
Moscow School District No.281
Matteson School District 162
Woodstock Community Unit School District 200
East St. Louis School District 189
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation
Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka
Fleming County Schools
Danville Independent School District
Menifee County School District
Ashland Independent School District
Madison-Tallulah Education Center
Somerville Public Schools
Brockton Public Schools
Healthy Community Coalition
Kent Intermediate School District
Lansing School District
Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Community Schools
Hendricks Public School
Simpson County School District
Shepherd Public Schools
Hays Lodge ole School District 50
North Dakota
Divide County #1 School District
Educational Service Unit #1
Educational Service Unit #6
New Mexico
The Grant Experts, dba: Capacity Builders, Inc.
New York
Holley Central School District
LeRoy Central School
St. Christophers Incorporated
Clyde-Savannah Central School District
I Challenge Myself, Inc.
Olean City School District
Lewiston-Porter Central School District
Lake County General Health District
Putnam City School District 1-001, Oklahoma County
Schools for Healthy Lifestyles, Inc.
Keys Public Schools
Checotah Public Schools
Keystone Central School District
Archway Charter School of Chester, Inc.
The School District of the City of Erie, PA
Shamokin Area School District
South Dakota
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley
Harlandale Independent School District
Salt Lake City School District
Unity School District
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
Lake Geneva Jt#1 Elementary School District
Pittsville School District
Riverdale School District
Highland School District
Mukwonago Area School District