For Immediate Release: Fri., Feb. 14
Contact: Joe Reed ǀ Director of Marketing and Communications 412-622-6915, ext. 3801 ǀ jreed@phipps.conservatory.org

Let's Move Pittsburgh Champion School Applications Are Now Open
Mini Grants Provide Funding for School Programs That Focus on Improving Children's Health

Champion School Applications Now Open

Pittsburgh, PAPhipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Let’s Move Pittsburgh are pleased to announce that applications for Champion Schools Awards are now open through Wed., April 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. Early childcare centers, pre-kindergarten and elementary schools, grades K – 8 in Allegheny County are invited to submit applications to fund new and existing programs that promote children’s health and well-being. Winners will be announced on Fri., May 1.

Let’s Move Pittsburgh will award up to 40 Champion Schools for programs that focus on one or more of the following areas:

  • Bag the Junk: Increase healthy food and nutrition education in schools
  • Get Kids Moving: Increase physical activity in and out of schools
  • Teach Kids to Grow and Cook Food: Increase knowledge of how to grow and prepare fresh, healthy food
  • Sustainable Citizenship: Expose students to a variety of environmental topics to make a great impact in the community

Winners will receive special recognition and a mini-grant of $1,000 to fund their project, improving children's health and well-being. Applications will be scored by multiple reviewers using three criteria: need, sustainability and impact.

Who May Apply: Educators, administrators, students, food service directors, school nurses, and/or parents on behalf of a licensed early childcare center, pre-kindergarten or elementary school, grades K – 8 in Allegheny County. School may receive one award per calendar year. Winners from previous years are eligible to apply for the 2020 awards.

Application Timeline: Completed applications must be submitted by Wed., April 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. Winning applicants will be notified by Fri., May 1.

For more information and to apply, visit letsmovepittsburgh.org. Let’s Move Pittsburgh’s Champion Schools grants are generously funded by The Heinz Endowments.


About Let’s Move Pittsburgh: Let’s Move Pittsburgh, an initiative of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens supported by UPMC Health Plan, is a collaborative effort of organizations, healthcare providers, educators, parents and caregivers in southwestern Pennsylvania committed to leading children toward a healthier future. The program is inspired by former first Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign to curb childhood obesity through raised awareness about the benefits of healthy foods, decreased screen time and increased physical activity.

About Phipps: Founded in 1893, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA is a globally recognized green leader with a mission to inspire and educate all with the beauty and importance of plants; to advance sustainability and promote human and environmental well-being through action and research; and to celebrate its historic glasshouse. Encompassing 15 acres including a historic 14-room glasshouse, 23 distinct indoor and outdoor gardens and industry-leading sustainable architecture and operations, Phipps attracts more than half a million visitors annually from around the world. Learn more at phipps.conservatory.org.