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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 2018 Champions Grant application process is CLOSED.
The deadline to submit an application was Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:00pm ET.
The 2018 Champions Grant Recipients will be announced no later than December 31, 2018.



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.  Schools with an active Champions Grant (received in 2017 or have not completed a Final Report) are not eligible to apply for the current grant cycle.


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 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 eligible to apply for a Champions Grant, and determining that your proposed project fits within the Champions Grant guidelines, please follow the instructions below to apply for a grant.


Step 1 – Register for the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Online Grants Management System.

The application process is CLOSED.


Step 2 – Participate in Information Call
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.

There are no more Information Calls scheduled for this grant cycle.

Contact jjf@jjracinginc.com with questions.


Step 3 – Complete and Submit Application Materials
In order to be considered for a Champions Grant, schools must complete and submit all required application materials, as stated within the JJF’s Online Grants Management System.  Materials 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 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 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 view a Sample Application Packet.


Step 4 – Potential Site Visit
Site visits are conducted at the discretion of the Champions Grant Review Committee.


Important Dates
The 2018 application process opened on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

The deadline to submit a 2018 Champions Grant application is Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:00pm ET. 

Schools will be notified of their status no later than December 31, 2018.  Please do not contact the Foundation about the status of your application unless you have not heard from us by that date.