Grant Overview

To improve physical education programs and to raise awareness for the important role that PE plays in the lives of our nation’s children, NFL Network is providing ten $1,000 grants to middle schools across the country. Creating and improving fitness programs, purchasing equipment, funding salaries and helping with needed facility improvements, NFL Network’s Keep Gym in School will provide ten in-need middle schools with the resources they need to deliver quality physical education to their students.

Individuals may nominate one middle school between now and March 1, 2010 for a Keep Gym in School grant; nominations are only accepted online at and must be received no later than 8:00 PM EST on March 1, 2010.

NFL Network will select 20 schools from the initial national nomination process to formally apply for the grants. Applications from those top 20 schools must be postmarked no later than April 12, 2010. The grant application will only be provided to those schools invited to apply.

Nominations are due March 1, 2010.
Selected school applications are due April 12, 2010.

Please read the below listed requirements and criteria before nominating a school or applying for the grant.

Program Notes

  • Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted;
  • Grant funds will be distributed in total only after the winning school and its school district have signed Letters of Agreement confirming need and the ability to implement the winning fitness plan and refurbishment;
  • Grants will support in-school refurbishments/equipment programs scheduled to be completed by the start of the 2010/2011 school year.

Important Dates

August 2009: Keep Gym in School grant information posted at

March 1, 2010: DEADLINE for nominations for school grant applicants. Nominations must be received by 8:00 PM EST.

April 12, 2010: DEADLINE for applications for school grant recipients. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 12, 2010.

Summer 2010: Keep Gym in School refurbishment projects complete (for First Day of School 2010)


NFL Network will appoint representatives to a judging panel, along with representatives from other fitness-oriented groups to include National Association of Sport and physical education and Action for Healthy Kids.

Nomination Requirements

Nominated applicant schools must be located in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Eligible schools for nomination are designated middle schools (grades 6-8; either separate middle schools, combination K-8, combination 7-12, or any combination therein; with distinct middle school curriculum).

Nomination Criteria

The Keep Gym in School Grant Review Panel will judge submitted national nominations based on the following criteria:

Proposals must demonstrate need as the key criteria in the application. Through illustration of current PE programs, facilities, and equipment, applicant should demonstrate PE needs that the Keep Gym in School grant will fill.

Proposals will outline how the Keep Gym in School grant will make physical education more successful and engaging for students in the nominated school.