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 2017 Champions Grant application process is now CLOSED.
The deadline to submit an application was Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:00pm ET.
The 2017 Champions Grant Recipients will be announced no later than December 31, 2017

Application Process
After determining whether your school is eligible to apply for a Champions Grant, there are four steps involved in the application process.

Step 1 – Download Application Packet (the applicatoin process is now closed)

The application packet includes:
1. FAQs, Cover Sheet, Written Application
2. Budget Worksheet
3. Sample Application
4. Sample Budget

Eligible schools must review all materials to determine whether their project fits the application requirements before completing and submitting their application.  The Champions Grant program is highly competitive, therefore, applications that do not follow the instructions provided and/or do not meet the requirements stated in the packet will not be considered.  Schools with an active grant are not eligible to apply for the current grant cycle.

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.

Click here for additional information and to register for a call.


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 in the FAQs, cover page and application.  Materials must be submitted via email to jmayer@jjracinginc.com no later than 6:00pm ET on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

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


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 and Non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.  Schools with an active Champions Grant 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.  

Important Dates
The 2017 application process opened on Monday, January 9, 2017.

The deadline to submit a 2017 Champions Grant application was Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:00pm ET. 

Schools will be notified of their status no later than December 31, 2017.  Please do not contact the Foundation about the status of your application unless you have not heard from us by that date.