Grant Opportunities

Education-Based Athletics Grant Program

September 1 – January 16: Application Open
March 31: Notifications will be sent to all applicants regarding their status
May 15: Grant funds will be dispersed to schools with the evaluation report

The Education-based Grant Program is funded with endowment funds to support member schools by providing funding to enhance student-athlete’s physical wellness, psychosocial well-being, mental wellness, and life-skill development. Only NCHSAA member schools are eligible to request and receive grant funding through this Education-Based Athletics Grant Program. School administrators must identify an unmet need facing student-athletes and/or coaches and school administrators in their school that relates to one of the following:

  • Student-Athlete focused Program Supplementation
    • Sportsmanship Initiatives
    • Character Development
    • Career Exploration and Post-Graduation Preparation
  • Coach & Athletic Administrator Education
    • Fostering Diversity and Inclusion
    • NFHS Learn or NIAAA Courses, Training and Clinics
  • Health, Safety, and Wellness Initiatives
    • Physical Wellness
    • Social and Emotional Learning (Mental Wellness Initiative)
    • Cultivating Healthy Relationships
    • Health and lifesaving equipment (i.e. weights/weight machine/cardio machine, AED unit, Wet Bulb Globe Temperature device, cooling tub)
  • Small Equipment
    • Examples are Balls, nets/netting system, goals, and scoreboard. 

*2023 – 24* Grants will be limited to a maximum award of $5,000.00 each.

Only one (1) grant application may be submitted per school in a given grant cycle. School personnel should coordinate efforts. Grant amounts will be decided by assessing the following:

  • Estimated cost for program or initiative.
  • Pledged or collected funds in place from other funding sources and evidence of a concerted effort to acquire funds from other sources; Priority will be given to schools demonstrating that they are securing funds from other sources besides this grant.
  • Number of individuals positively impacted through the grant

NOTE: Grantees may receive partial funding (or no funding at all) based on the above criteria and the selection/review committee’s determination. Available grant funds will vary year-to-year based on market volatility and interest returns.

Funds may NOT be used to support any of the following:

  • Political activities or attempts to influence legislation.
  • Salaries or supplemental income.
  • Any activities that serve for the personal gain of an individual.
  • Ancillary activities such as programs, advertising or special events not related to the purpose(s) of the NCHSAA Foundation, Inc. Mission and Core Values.

***Program Revision: Schools awarded a grant in one year are not eligible to receive a grant the following year (e.g., Receipt of a grant in the 2022-23 cycle means your school is not eligible for consideration in the 2023-24 cycle). We encourage schools who have previously not applied to consider submitting an application for an unmet need in your school.

Upon grant fund distribution, schools will also receive an evaluation report. After the program or initiative has been activated, a detailed report updating the fund usage, the number of student-athletes impacted, and future expansion on the area of focus will be required to be considered for any future funding.

Online Evaluation Form

Expense Evaluation Spreadsheet





  • Alexander Central High School
  • C.B. Aycock High School
  • Concord High School
  • Croatan High School
  • East Bladen High School
  • Erwin High School
  • Mallard Creek High School
  • Monroe High School
  • Mount Airy High School
  • North Wilkes High School
  • Pasquotank County High School
  • Ragsdale High School
  • Roxboro Community School
  • South Granville High School
  • Southern Wayne High School
  • SouthWest Edgecombe High School
  • Southwest Guilford High School
  • Starmount High School
  • Statesville High School
  • Swain County Schools
  • Triangle Math and Science Academy
  • Watauga High School
  • West Brunswick High School
  • Westover High School
  • Wilkes Central High School
  • Yancey County Schools

Also see: Awards, Scholarships