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2017-2018 Healthy Schools Mini-Grant

Grants to New Jersey K-12 Schools to Promote Health
and Wellness in Atlantic, Cape May, and Ocean Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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AtlantiCare

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 Receipt

Description:

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Grants of $800 and $1,500 to New Jersey K-12 schools in Atlantic, Cape May, and southern Ocean Counties to promote the health and wellness in school communities. This program promotes the adoption of edible school gardens, physical activity programs, and other wellness initiatives.

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.

Requirements:
-Applicant schools are committed to initiating policy and/or environmental changes that align with the grant actions noted in their application.
-Applicant must be willing to share any identified best practices with other participating schools in the Healthy Schools, Healthy Children Initiative.
-Applicant must be willing to allow AtlantiCare to publicize their involvement with the Healthy School, Healthy Children Initiative through a variety of media channels.
-Applicant must agree to an AtlantiCare site visit to view your school’s wellness efforts.

2017-2018 Grant Awards

All awards will be provided in advance and will be restricted to the enhancement of that school’s wellness initiatives. All grant dollars are to be used for education, activities and support materials. Applicants will be required to complete a brief budget overview. If at any time, AtlantiCare feels that the grant dollars are not being used appropriately, AtlantiCare has the right to request a refund of all monetary awards.

Schools may apply for only one award.

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)

With this award, schools are committing to seat a School Wellness Committee that meets at least 2 times per school year. Under the leadership of the School Wellness Committee, schools will be required to complete the AtlantiCare School Health Survey and submit with the grant application. Grant dollars are to be used to support ongoing wellness programming at the school, based on committee recommendations garnered through review of the AtlantiCare School Survey results and/or areas of identified need. One-day health fairs or one-day events will not be permitted, as we will only be funding ongoing activities and/or programming that will result in long-lasting behavioral changes and/or policy or environmental changes.

In addition to completing grant reporting documents, awarded schools will be required to submit at least 3 photos and one blog, written by staff or students, detailing the wellness actions being taken which will be posted on the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children website and/or social media sites.

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). One-day health fairs or one-day events will not be permitted, as we will only be funding ongoing activities and/or programming that will result in long-lasting behavioral changes and/or policy or environmental changes. 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

The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools Mini-Grant Application must be submitted along with a completed and tallied AtlantiCare School Health Survey. In addition to completing grant reporting documents, awarded schools will be required to submit at least 3 photos and 2 blogs: one blog detailing the wellness actions being taken and one blog showcasing the school garden which will be posted on the AtlantiCare Healthy Schools, Healthy Children website and/or social media sites.

New Healthy School Edible Garden Start-Up Award:

This award will grant dollars to assist schools in establishing a new edible school garden. Substantial research indicates that when children participate in the cultivation of fruits and vegetables they are more likely to eat them. Gardens not only offer students hands-on opportunities to learn about nutrition and participate in physical activity, but also offer unique learning experiences for teachers to incorporate classroom lessons into garden programming.

In addition to completing grant reporting documents, awarded schools will also be required to post one garden blog, written by staff or students, which will be posted on the AtlantiCare Growing Green website, relevant to your school garden activities.

The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools Mini-Grant Application must be submitted along with a completed and tallied AtlantiCare School Health Survey. The school must also submit one photo demonstrating where the proposed new garden will be constructed at your school site.

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.

In addition to completing grant reporting documents, awarded schools will be required to submit one garden blog, written by staff or students, which will be posted on the AtlantiCare Growing Green website, relevant to your school garden activities.

The AtlantiCare Healthy Schools Mini-Grant Application must be submitted along with a completed and tallied AtlantiCare School Health Survey.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176385

Estimated Size of Grant:

-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

Additional Eligibility 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.

Pre-Application Information:

All application requirements must be completed and received by AtlantiCare no later than December 1, 2017.

To better understand the program details and all reporting expectations associated with this award, a mandatory training session will be held on January 9, 2018, at Stockton University, Pomona, for all awarded schools. Schools are required to send at least one staff member to this half day training.

Award checks will be issued at the Mandatory Training Session. A school representative MUST be present to receive the grant check. Failure to attend this mandatory meeting may jeopardize your grant award.

Mini-Grant Timelines:
-December 1, 2017: Mini-grant application submitted and received by AtlantiCare
-December 15, 2017: Grant Award Notifications by AtlantiCare to Schools
-January 9, 2018: Mandatory Grant Training: Morning session for School Garden recipients; Afternoon session Wellness recipients
-June 1, 2018: All Reporting documents to be completed and submitted to AtlantiCare Healthy Schools

Application materials may be found here:
http://www.atlanticare.org/hshc/2014-2015-healthy-schools-grants-and-contests/

Contact Information:

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

Application Form:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPSR9KP

Laura Engelmann, MHA, Community Health & Wellness Manager
(609) 272-6291
HealthySchools@atlanticare.org

Christine Guzman, School Health Specialist
(609) 272-6276
HealthySchools@atlanticare.org

Amy Hogan, Lead School Health Specialist
(609) 272-6282
HealthySchools@atlanticare.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Jersey: Atlantic, Cape May, and Southern Ocean Counties