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School Grants and Awards Program

Grants and Awards to Pennsylvania and West Virginia K-12 Schools
and School Nurses to Foster a Healthy Educational Environment

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Highmark Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/31/21 - for Highmark Foundation School Grants and Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards; Supportive Services Health Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.


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Grants and awards to Pennsylvania and West Virginia K-12 schools and school nurses in eligible regions to foster a healthy educational environment. Grant funding may be used for programming, the purchase of supplies or equipment, food items, and other health-related expenses while award funding is intended for professional development activities. Eligible applicants are those located in Highmark Foundation's service area.

This effort provides schools with three distinct opportunities for improving health and wellness:

Highmark Foundation School Grants: Schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia can apply for grants to support the following programmatic health and wellness initiatives: positive school climate, environmental health, healthy eating and physical activity, and school-based health.

Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards: Nominate a school nurse in central, northeast, and western Pennsylvania and West Virginia who demonstrate excellence in care, compassion, knowledge, and implementation of best practices. Award recipients will receive a grant to support professional development or health-related supplies or equipment for their school and will be recognized widely through coordinated press releases and social media on National School Nurse Day.

Supportive Service Health Awards: High-needs schools in underserved and disadvantaged communities may apply for grants in the following two categories:

  • Child Health and Wellness Grant: Provides a grant to assist with the purchase of specific items that impact a child’s overall health and well-being, including eyeglasses, clothing and undergarments, healthy and nutritious food items, personal toiletries, and more.
  • Equipment and Supplies Challenge Grant: Matches funding for the purchase of items such as vision screeners, digital scales, new cots, blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, stethoscopes, and more. Schools must provide a detailed invoice or purchase order and show evidence of secured funding from additional sources (PTOs, other foundations, local business donations, school fundraisers, etc.).

To read more about the Highmark Foundation School Grants, see the following link:

To read more about the Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards, see the following link:

To read more about the Supportive Service Health Awards, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179540

Estimated Size of Grant:

- School Grant Program: Schools are eligible for grants up $7,500.
- Advancing Excellence in School Nursing awards: Awardees will be presented with $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources.

Supportive Services Health Grants:
- Child Health and Wellness Grants: Provide up to $1,000
- Equipment and Supplies Challenge Grant: Match of up to $2,500 for the purchase of necessary items.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to Pennsylvania and West Virginia Schools (Public, Private, Charter, Vocational High Schools, and Parochial Schools).

Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards:
In addition to demonstrating a proven track record in the chosen category, the nominee must also:
• Have at least five years of experience as a school nurse.
• Be currently practicing as a school nurse within Highmark Foundation’s service region of (central, northeast, and
western Pennsylvania and West Virginia).
• More than 50% of nominee’s time should be spent in direct care.

Supportive Service Health Awards:
Schools must meet the criteria for being a high-needs school. The three main criteria to be met are:
1. More than 60% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
2. School district is located in an area where at least 30% of students come from families with incomes below the poverty line.
3. School districts must be located in the Highmark Foundation service region.

Ineligible Expenses:
• Equipment is only considered when necessary for the implementation of the program.
• Grants will not be awarded exclusively for equipment such as elliptical machines, stationary bikes, street/
mountain bikes, bicycle storage sheds, treadmills, weight room power racks and storage, weight room benches, or other large, single pieces of equipment.
• Grants will not be awarded to support the purchase of iPads, Fitbits, televisions, water bottles, T-shirts, or pedometers.

Pre-Application Information:

Highmark Foundation School Grant: Application deadline is Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards: Application deadline is Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced on National School Nurse Day through coordinated communications, including press releases, social media, and website. Award presentations will take place at the awardee’s school on a date mutually agreed upon by the Highmark Foundation and School.

Supportive Services Health Grants: Supportive Services Health Grants will be awarded to schools based on the merits of the proposal and demonstrated need. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year and generally take four weeks for review and processing.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you have questions, please contact the Highmark Foundation at 1-866-594-1730 or via email at

Highmark Foundation
120 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1733
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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