About the Champions Grant Awards
Champions Grants are distributed to K-12 public schools in designated districts in El Cajon and San Diego, California; Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties in North Carolina; and Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Champions Grant program awards range in size from a minimum of $20,000 to a maximum of $75,000. 


    • The 2020 Champions Grant application process will open the week of January 13th.
    • The deadline to submit an LOI for consideration is Friday, May 1st at 3:00pm ETPlease note that schools that do not submit an LOI by this deadline will not be able to apply for a grant.
    • If selected, the deadline to submit a full application is Friday, June 12th at 8:00pm ET.
    • The 2020 Champions Grant Recipients will be announced no later than December 31, 2020.

District Eligibility

Any K-12 public school in the districts listed below are eligible to apply.  Please note that schools must be in operation and serving students for at least 2 years.  Parent organizations, Pre Schools, Private Schools, Parochial Schools, and Non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply and should not create an account in the system (accounts created by anyone other than a school staff member will be deleted).  Schools with an active Champions Grant (received in 2019 or have not completed a Final Report) are not eligible to apply for the current grant cycle.  CLICK HERE to review district-specific guidelines for applicants.


Cajon Valley Union School District
Grossmont Union High School District
San Diego Unified School District

North Carolina

Cabarrus County Schools
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Hilldale Public Schools
Muskogee Independent School District 20/Muskogee Public Schools

Charter Schools
Charter schools geographically located within the eligible school districts may apply.  Charter schools in Tulsa, OK are also eligible to apply.

As stated above, charter schools must have been in operation and serving students for at least 2 years to be eligible to apply.

If your school is not located in one of the eligible school districts listed above, unfortunately, you are not eligible to apply for a Champions Grant.

If your school is in one of the eligible districts, please CLICK HERE to review the Frequently Asked Questions to ensure that your proposed project fits within the Champions Grant guidelines.


Application Process
After confirming that your school is in an eligible district and reviewing the FAQs, please follow the instructions below to complete an LOI and, possibly apply for a Champions Grant.


Step 1 – Register for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Online Grants Management System.  The deadline to register for an account was 3:00pm ET on Friday, May 1st.  We are no longer accepting LOIs.


Step 2 – Participate in Information Call – CLOSED
We strongly recommend that all eligible schools considering submitting an application participate in an Information Call.  The purpose of the calls is to provide applicants with additional details about the application process, to share Jimmie Johnson Foundation expectations of applicants and to answer questions applicants may have.  It is important to note that the Jimmie Johnson Foundation is not able to review individual applications and/or provide specific feedback on the calls/at the meetings.  Schools must be in an eligible district to sign up for a call or meeting.  Parent volunteers assisting schools with writing a grant can register for an Information Call, but a school staff member must also participate in the call.


Step 3 – Complete and Submit a Letter of Intent/Inquiry (LOI) – CLOSED
In order to be considered for a Champions Grant, schools must first complete and submit an LOI, via the Foundation’s online grants management system.  The information provided within the LOI will assist the Foundation in determining whether the proposed project meets the Champions Grant eligibility requirements.  The deadline to submit the LOI is Friday, May 1, 2020 by 3:00pm ET.  Projects that meet eligibility requirements will be invited to complete a full Champions Grant application (see Step 4).  Unfortunately, schools that do not submit an LOI by the deadline will not be able to apply for Champions Grant funds.


CLICK HERE to download and view a Sample LOI.


Step 4 (for schools invited to apply for a grant, based on the information provided in their LOI) – Complete and Submit Application Materials
Schools that are invited to submit a full Champions Grant application must complete and submit all required application materials, as stated within the JJF’s online grants management system.  Materials include a written application, Champions Grant Budget Worksheet, vendor quotes, completed plans and written permissions (for certain types of projects), and must be submitted exactly as instructed.  Only application materials submitted via the JJF’s Online Grants Management System will be considered for review.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Materials sent via email, fax, etc. will not be considered.  The deadline to submit all application materials is Friday, June 12, 2020 at 8:00pm ET.  It is important to note that, depending on your internet speed, it could take a while to upload required materials and/or to submit your application materials.  We recommend that you submit at least 1 hour before the deadline.  Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.

CLICK HERE to download and view a Sample Application.


Contact jjf@jjracinginc.com with questions.


Step 5 – Potential Site Visit
Site visits are conducted at the discretion of the Champions Grant Review Committee.


Important Dates
The 2020 application process will open the week of January 13, 2020.

The deadline to submit a 2020 Champions Grant Letter of Intent/Inquiry is Friday, May 1, 2020 at 3:00pm ET.

For schools selected to complete a full application (based on the information provided in the LOI), the deadline to submit a 2020 Champions Grant application is Friday, June 12, 2020, at 8:00pm ET. 

Schools will be notified of their status no later than December 31, 2020.  Please do not contact the Foundation about the status of your application unless you have not heard from us by this date.