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2011 PEP Grant Awards Competition Opens March 29... Closes May 13

Date: 3/30/11

Millions of Dollars in Federal Funds Available To Support P.E.

SILVER SPRING, MD – March 29, 2011 –   The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) is pleased with the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of the 2012 PEP Grant application process.  This is a big victory for the physical education community – less than a month after the completion of SGMA’s 12th National Health Through Fitness Day (March 2) when nearly 150 leaders from organizations in the sports and fitness industries joined P.E. teachers and other advocates for meetings with Congress to request support for policies to ‘Get America Moving.’  

According to the Department of Education, the application process for 2011 PEP Grants opened today (March 29) and all applications must be submitted by May 13.  The Department of Education will complete its review of PEP applications by July 12. 

Here's the link to the Federal Register notice on PEP grant applications:

“It is great news that the Department of Education plans to continue funding PEP, however the final 2011 budget has yet to be approved by Congress which creates uncertainty on the future of the program,” said Bill Sells, SGMA’s vice president of government relations.  “With the remaining years of previously awarded grants still needing funds, the final PEP budget in the Department of Education will have a significant impact on 2012 PEP awards.” 

Should Congress eliminate or drastically reduce PEP funding in the final 2011 budget, the Department of Education would suspend the application process until additional funds are allocated to the program.  Congress is expected to complete work on the budget for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 in April at which time the funding level for PEP will be determined.  The Congressional budget process for 2012 has been delayed due to the absence of a 2011 budget, but it is a positive sign that the Department of Education has begun the PEP grant application process.

In the past, the PEP Grants have ranged from $100,000 to $750,000 with the average grant being $427,000.  

The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), the #1 source for sport and fitness research, is the leading global trade association of manufacturers, retailers, and marketers in the sports products industry.  SGMA helps lead the sports and fitness industries by fostering participation through research, thought leadership, product promotion, and public policy.  More information about SGMA membership and SGMA's National Health Through Fitness Day can be found at www.SGMA.com.

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