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School Employee Wellness (SEW) Grant Program

Grants to Oregon Community Colleges, School Districts, and
Education Service Districts for Staff Well-Being Programs

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Grants of up to $30,000 per year to Oregon community colleges, K-12 school districts, and education service districts to implement programs focused on staff well-being. Funding is intended to support programs that create a healthy workplace culture and enhance the all-around health and resilience of employees.

OEA Choice Trust recognizes school districts, education service districts and community colleges face many diverse health and wellness issues. The School Employee Wellness Grant Program allows the flexibility to tailor programs to best match the unique goals and needs of local districts to promote the well-being of all staff.

Funding Priorities for School Employee Wellness Grants:

1. Improve the health, well-being, and resilience of school employees by focusing on a holistic approach that includes the essential elements of well-being: 

  • Purpose: Having a sense of meaning, being motivated to give back to others and the world in some positive way
  • Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily
  • Social: Having supportive relationships and fostering social belonging and connectedness
  • Emotional: The way you feel, the way you function and flourish
  • Financial: Managing one’s economic life to reduce stress and increase security

2. Build a culture of health and well-being at the workplace by implementing a comprehensive school employee wellness program district-wide. Key factors that influence creating a healthy workplace culture include: 

  • Policies, practices, and environments that promote the social, emotional and physical well-being of employees
  • Active leadership support that communicates the value of employee well-being and demonstrates that it is a priority to the district/ESD/community college
  • Social environment that promotes staff health and well-being as the norm rather than the exception at their school

(See OEA Choice Trust’s Fostering School Employee Health, Well-being and Resilience: Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices in Supporting Documents below.) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179521

Estimated Size of Grant:

OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Grant awards are a maximum of $100,000. This is a multiyear grant award and annual grant funding requests are limited to a maximum of $30,000 per grant year.

Term of Contract:

School Employee Wellness grants are for school employee wellness programs that will be implemented within 5 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, an applicant must be an Oregon K-12 school district, education service district or community college. (The scope of the project, e.g. school district, school(s) within a district, campus or division of a community college is up to the grant applicant.)

Notes for Charter Schools: To be eligible to apply for an OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Grant or Mini Grant, the interested Charter School must demonstrate that their Charter School was established from an existing public school district and the entire district converted to charter school status. Interested Charter Schools are thus required to submit a completed eligibility form to confirm that they meet the newly created criteria to apply for a grant. Additionally, please note that OEA Choice Trust awards grants at the district level. Before applying, please contact Asta Garmon.

Generally not funded:
- Funds requested for political or religious purpose
- Items already purchased
- Activities already taking place
- Deficit funding

Pre-Application Information:

Spring 2021 grant applications are due no later than May 6, 2021.

Grantees will be required to provide a minimum of 50% in matching funds through in-kind donations and local contributions.

Recorded SEW Grant Opportunity Webinar:

For resources for developing a strong application, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

For timely answers to your SEW Grant questions, contact SEW Program Manager Asta Garmon – email:

OEA Choice Trust
6900 SW Atlanta Street, Bldg. 2
Tigard, OR 97223

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