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WorkWell Partnership Mini-Grant

Grants to South Dakota Businesses for
Workplace Health and Wellness Programs

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South Dakota Department of Health - Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Deadline Date:

02/09/18 5:00 PM CT


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Grants of up to $2,000 to South Dakota businesses to develop and implement workplace wellness programs. Funding is available for projects that address policy change and the workplace environment with the goal of reducing, managing, or preventing chronic disease.

Health-related policies are formal or informal written statements that are designed to protect or promote employee health. Environmental change refers to the physical factors at and nearby the workplace that help protect and enhance employee health.

Example Projects
-Improve vending in the workplace.
-Provide fruit for employees to sustain a healthy fruit bar.
-Implement a nutrition policy during meetings, events, or other workplace gatherings to include healthier options.
-Implement competitions or challenges in the workplace that focus on eating more fruits and vegetables.
-Implement a water challenge.
-Implement competitions or challenges in the workplace that focus on wellness activities.
-Offer a health screening.
-Develop an environment that physical activity can take place in.
-Provide bike rack(s) on site (environmental change).
-Dedicate space for physical activity (i.e. open office).
-Open stairwells during work hours.
-Encourage and provide physical activity breaks during meetings, conferences, and events.
-Provide mapping of walking routes, nearby trails, or local attractions.
-Provide one day free passes to try a local fitness class.
-Partner with a local fitness center to negotiate employee discounts.
-Implement an Active Commute Program (information on bicycling safety, safe routes to walk/ride to work, etc.)
-Implement a biggest loser challenge.
-Hire a physical activity or fitness coach to work with employees to develop training programs and teach employees how to do activities safely.
-Educate on the importance of cancer screenings, oral health, diabetes prevention, physical activity, nutrition, well-being, and tobacco cessation.
-Develop a policy to promote a tobacco-free building/grounds.
-Provide tobacco cessation to employees (SD QuitLine).
-Offer physical activity classes like boot camp, Zumba, Pilates, Yoga.
-Encourage employees to complete a Health Risk Assessment.
-Put together a corporate softball, bowling, or volleyball team and join a local league.
-Host a family picnic with activities that promote fitness or plan a family walk/run.
-Hold blood pressure screenings and educational workshops on blood pressure.
-Dedicate space for breastfeeding or expressing milk.
-Assess and educate employees on proper lifting and safety measures in the workplace.

-Partner with local fitness center to provide employees with discounted memberships.
-Extra vacation/personal day.
-Partner with local businesses to help provide gift cards.

Grantees must attend the Annual WorkWell Summit.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179097

Number of Grants:

10 applicants will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible projects will be awarded up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is May 2018 – April 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Partnership has a small amount of funding to support projects in South Dakota workplaces. The intent of this funding is to support businesses implementing workplace wellness programs.

Eligibility Criteria
-A workplace starting a wellness program or expanding on a program they already have developed is eligible.
-Activities should be designed to create environmental and policy changes or provide opportunities not already offered to employees related to preventing, reducing and managing chronic disease. Funding should be used to focus on one or more projects and hold sustainability.

Funds WILL NOT support:
1. The purchase of stationary exercise equipment such as treadmills, stair-step machines, and/or other elliptical equipment.
2. The purchase of computers, TVs, or video/DVD equipment.

Funds WILL support, but are limited to:
1. Food used for educational purposes and that show sustainability. Maximum amount to be allowed for is $200.
2. A maximum of 100 small incentive items (pedometers, cutting mats, etc.) per business per year at no cost.
3. WorkWell summit: 2 registrations at $30 each.

Other non-allowable expenses include indirect costs, salaries, and food/meals not used for educational purposes.

Pre-Application Information:

-Grant Solicitation Release: January 9, 2018
-Grant Submission Deadline: February 9, 2018 by 5:00 PM CT

Contact Information:

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

Enid Weiss, Workplace Wellness Coordinator
(605) 878-0314

Black Hills Special Services
818 S. Broadway #110
Watertown, SD 57201

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota