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Apply for Highmark Foundation grant in Healthy School Environment program


The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program, which will make available a total of $375,000 for schools grades K-12 in Pennsylvania ($300,000) and West Virginia ($75,000).

The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies.

“The Highmark Foundation recognizes that schools are powerful places to shape the health, safety, education and well-being of children. As a result, we created a multi-faceted program to provide them with the funding resources they need to create healthier and safer school environments,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook.

Public, private, vocational, parochial and charter schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) may apply for the three offerings of the Highmark Foundation’s Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program:

Building Sustainable and Lasting Changes in Schools grant funding ranges from $5,000-10,000 per school district to support evidence-based programs that address one of four priority areas: bullying prevention, child injury prevention, healthy eating and physical activity, or environmental health. As a requirement for funding, grant recipients must provide measureable pre- and post-program intervention status reports. Application deadline: March 18.

Advancing Excellence in School Nursing awards recognize the important role school nurses play in adolescent health and wellness. Up to six school nurses will be presented this honor, accompanied by $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources. Application deadline: March 31.

Meeting Health Needs Through Supportive Services grants are part of a strategy to support economically disadvantaged school districts and high-needs schools with financial assistance to meet basic health requests. $75,000 will be provided to schools in $1,000 grant increments to assist with the purchase of items impacting student health. Rolling application period through Dec. 31.

Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant and Awards Program applications are available at: Create an account and follow the instructions to submit an application. All applications must be submitted online.


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