A Physician’s Guide to Physical Education – A Physically Active Life
Posted On July 11, 2021
by Matt O’Toole, PhD and Katherine Dyer, MDIllinois Physical Education (IPE) Grants (IPF) are awarded to eligible Illinois residents who provide physical education to students.
IPE students are also eligible for Illinois State and local government grants for physical education.
IPF grants are awarded by the Illinois Department of Public Instruction (DIPI) to Illinois schools and community colleges for the physical education curriculum.
IPEF applicants must demonstrate a high academic standing and are required to attend one of the following four classes per year: physical education courses offered at the University of Illinois, University of Chicago, and Illinois Institute of Technology, or a comparable college or university.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) oversees the program.
A program fee of $15,000 is required for the first year and $5,000 thereafter.
A minimum of six IPEF students must enroll in one of these courses.
The IPEF program has a budget of approximately $40,000.
Illinois schools are required by law to award IPEF student scholarships as well.
In 2017, the state awarded IPEF $2,979,000 in IPEF grants, up from $1,874,000 last year.
Illinois Public Health has awarded $1.9 million in IPF funding in 2017.
The program provides grants to cover the cost of teacher salaries and benefits for physical educators and paraprofessionals.
The state is also making grants available to public schools, private schools, and local governments to cover physical education expenses.