Date published:  March 28, 2019 Due date:  May 31, 2019 Agency:  HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Office on Women's Health (OWH) Description: 

OMH and OWH are now accepting applications for projects that can increase youth participation in sports and reduce barriers to play. YES Initiative projects should identify characteristics of effective collaborations that improve physical activity and nutrition via increased sports participation. Projects should target racial and ethnic minority or socioeconomically disadvantaged students in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, particularly in communities where few or no youth sports programs exist. Each applicant should be the lead agency for a collaborative partnership. Other partners can include but are not limited to: institutions of higher education, local school districts, community and faith-based groups, sports or recreation organizations, public health entities, and community health centers. YES Initiative projects are expected to serve and retain a minimum of 130 youth over a 2-year project period of performance. Youth involved in the YES Initiative projects should be those who do not meet current physical activity guidelines at baseline. YES Initiative projects will develop and implement sports fitness programs based on successful evidence based practices for youth engagement, using experimental design, and result in the identification of model sustainable strategies that increase participation in a range of physical activities that support a healthy lifestyle and improve overall health. A limited competition among funded YES Initiative projects making satisfactory progress will be considered for a third year of funding for sustainability activities. Facility construction is not allowed under this award, but minor alteration or renovation may be considered.

OMH anticipates funding 6 to 8 projects and OWH anticipates funding 5 to 6 projects. Each project should be between $325,000 and $400,000 per year for up to 2 years with a possible third year of competitive funding for successful projects.

Save-the-date: On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at 2 pm ET, OMH will hold a technical assistance webinar for potential applicants. Register at