Grants and Funding

Find available funding for upcoming professional development opportunities, including the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo.

PEP Funding
 If PEP funding for fiscal year 2016 is approved, current grantees will have funds available for year three of their grant cycle. Look for more information on SHAPE America's Advocacy page.

SHAPE America Grant Opportunities

Jump Rope For Heart and Hoops For Heart Grants (JRFH/HFH)

Every year, SHAPE America awards grants to JRFH/HFH coordinators to recognize their passion and contribution to the program. The $2,500 grant supports professional development, including a stipend to attend the national convention. Learn more on how to apply for a 2016 grant.

Research Grant Program

Over $600,000 in funding has been awarded through the SHAPE America Research Grant Program since its inception in 1997. The program is administered through the Research Council and is designed to fund member projects of value to the SHAPE America professions. Learn more...

The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant

The grant supports recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded for up to $1,500 total per year. Learn more...

Additional Resources

SHAPE America State Affiliates
Check for available professional development grants. A reasonable request might be for funds to pay a substitute and for your registration to attend the SHAPE America National Convention & Expo.
School District

Set up a meeting with your supervisor! There may be available grant opportunities, a school district foundation, or discretionary funds available to support you. To help you make a strong case for support, SHAPE America has put together this justification toolkit for the National Convention & Expo.


Many parent organizations provide support for teacher professional development. Explain how the  experience will help you better serve your students and offer to share what you learn with your colleagues and the parent group. 

Local College/University 

School districts often have agreements with nearby universities through their student teaching programs that provide funding to support professional development of teachers or special projects proposed by teachers. 

Community Foundations

Community foundations are non-profit organizations that use local resources to meet local needs, including providing funding for professional development. Find a local foundation.

Crowd-Funding Sites

There are several online fundraising sites to choose from. Consider using one of these online tools to post your wish list and ask members of the local community to help raise money!