2016-2017 Healthy Schools Mini-Grants

Grants to New Jersey K-12 Public or Private Schools
to Enhance Health and Wellness in Local Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 176385
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation


12/02/16 Receipt

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Grants of either $800 or $1,500 to New Jersey K-12 public or private schools, in eligible communities, to enhance local health and wellness. Programs should benefit the school's students, staff, and families with an overall goal of creating a healthier community. Four different grants are available. Funding should be used for education, activities and support materials. All programs should benefit the communities of Atlantic County, Cape May County, and/or southern Ocean County.

Available Awards:

1) Healthy School Wellness Award

This award will grant dollars for schools to initiate or sustain ongoing wellness activities within the school setting. Students must be the main focus audience served by this grant; however families and school staff can also be included. Grant dollars can be used to hire instructors to provide activities to their students. Grant-funded activities must impact at least one of the following:

- Physical Activity/Fitness (ex: 8-week Zumba classes provided to students after school or during PE classes; purchase of fitness equipment that will be used ongoing by students throughout the year)
- Nutrition (ex: Healthy Food Preparation Lessons; Nutrition Assembly with aligned activities over the course of several weeks; purchase of Salad Bar for student meals)
- Life Skills/Mindfulness Offerings (ex: 6-week Yoga Class offered to staff and students; Coping Skills lessons provided to students)

2) Healthy School & Healthy Garden Award

This award is available to schools with an already established edible school garden that plan to continue to enhance their existing garden and also provide wellness activities within the school community. Grant dollars can be allocated at the discretion of the school, providing funding supports activities and initiatives that address both wellness and garden programming (ex: $550 allocated for Garden activities and $250 allocated for Wellness activities). The wellness activities must address one of the following ongoing activities as outlined in the School Wellness Award description outlined above:

- Physical Activity/Fitness
- Nutrition
- Life Skills/Mindfulness

3) New Healthy School Edible Garden Start-Up Award

This award will grant dollars to assist schools in establishing a new edible school garden and any alternative gardening initiatives, such as hydroponics, aquaponics, and purchase/installation of a greenhouse.

4) Sustained Healthy School Edible Garden Award

This award will grant dollars to assist schools in continuing their edible gardening efforts. Only schools with established school gardens can apply for this award. Dollars will be restricted to fund specific garden equipment, educational materials and supply/construction needs.

- Healthy School Wellness Award: $800
- Healthy School & Healthy Garden Award: $800
- New Healthy School Edible Garden Start-Up Award: $1,500
- Sustained Healthy School Edible Garden Award: $800

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

- Applicant must be a K-12, public or private school serving students who reside within Atlantic County, Cape May County and/or southern Ocean County, New Jersey.

- Applicant school agrees to become an active participating partner in AtlantiCare’s Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Initiative. This includes designating a representative from its school/district to serve on the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Steering Committee. This Committee meets two times per school year, and attendance is strongly encouraged.

Schools may apply for only one award.


- December 2, 2016: Mini-grant application submitted and received by AtlantiCare
- December 22, 16: Grant Award Notifications by AtlantiCare to Schools
- January 12, 2017: Mandatory Grant Training - Morning session for School Garden recipients; Afternoon session Wellness recipients
- June 2, 2017: All Reporting documents to be completed and submitted to AtlantiCare Healthy Schools

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The completed mini-grant application and survey may be submitted electronically to:

Laura Engelmann, MHA, Community Health & Wellness Manager
Phone: (609) 272-6291

Atlantic County, Cape May County, and southern Ocean County.

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