GETTING STARTED

OEA Choice Trust’s school employee wellness grant program is designed to allow the flexibility to design and tailor employee wellness programs to best match the unique goals and needs of local K-12 districts, education service districts and community colleges to promote the physical, emotional and social well-being of all staff.

HOW TO

Apply for a grant! To help build a successful school employee wellness program follow the Blueprint for Wellness.  The Blueprint provides the steps, the why, the how AND real life examples from past school employee wellness grantee groups. 

The OEA Choice Trust Board of Trustees will evaluate and approve grant awards. Issues central to OEA Choice Trust’s evaluations of proposed projects include:

  • The strength of district, school, and union leadership support
  • The degree the school staff has been involved in developing the wellness program
  • Whether the project addresses significant health needs and interests of the school community
  • The goals and objectives are clear, achievable and align with the school community health needs
  • How well the project fits within OEA Choice Trust’s funding priorities
  • The potential impact of the project to improve/promote school employee health & well-being

FAQ’s

Who is eligible to apply?

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.

How much funding is available?

Grant awards are a maximum of $75,000 for school employee wellness programs that will be implemented within 5 years.  Annual grant awards range from $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000 per grant year.  Grantees are required to provide a minimum of 50% in matching funds either through in-kind donations and local contributions.  In –kind donations can be donated goods, services, equipment, non-cash items, donated space, or volunteer hours from your organization or community partnerships.  Local contributions are financial contributions provided by your organization or community partnerships.

What are the major funding priorities of the Wellness Program?

OEA Choice Trust recognizes many diverse health and wellness issues face different district and school locations; that’s why our School Employee Wellness Grant Program is designed to allow the flexibility to design and tailor employee wellness programs to best match the unique goals and needs of local districts to promote the physical, emotional and social well-being of all staff. 

Funding Priorities for School Employee Wellness Grants:

1. Improve health and well-being of school employees by focusing on the following areas:

  • Physical fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Discovery and management of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and depression
  • Addressing chronic stress through resiliency and self-care

2. Build a culture of health that engages school employees in healthy living to prevent and/or manage risk factors and chronic diseases.

  • Policies, practices, and environments that engage employees in healthy living.
  • Visible administrative leadership that communicates the value of employee wellness and that it is a priority to the school.
  • Social environment that promotes health and wellness as the norm rather than the exception at their school.
What is the process for applying for a grant?

You may download a grant application from our website or request a grant packet at  journey@oeachoice.com.

Is someone available to meet with us to discuss the grant proposal?

Yes, we are happy to discuss your proposal; however we will not be able to tell you whether the application is successful until after the Board of Trustees have reviewed and made their award decision. We also encourage you to e-mail or phone us with questions about the grant application and review process prior to the due date.

What are the deadlines for applying for a grant?

View our timeline.

How are decisions on proposals made?

The OEA Choice Trust Board of Trustees will evaluate and approve grant awards. Issues central to OEA Choice Trust’s evaluations of proposed projects include:

  • The strength of district, school, and union leadership support
  • The degree the school staff has been involved in developing the wellness program
  • Whether the project addresses significant health needs and interests of the school community
  • The goals and objectives are clear, achievable and align with the school community health needs
  • How well the project fits within OEA Choice Trust’s funding priorities
  • The potential impact of the project to improve/promote school employee health & well-being
Are there things that specifically will not be funded?

See the grant application guidelines/Terms and conditions section which lists out what cannot be funded. Generally we will not fund:

  • Funds requested for political or religious purpose
  • Items already purchased
  • Activities already taking place
  • Deficit funding
May we fax or email our grant proposal?

Yes

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

PHONE: (503) 620-3822 or (800) 452-0914
FAX: (503) 624-3994 – Attention: Journey

Please email your questions to Journey@oeachoice.com

OEA CHOICE TRUST WELLNESS GRANT RECIPIENTS

CURRENT-ACTIVE GRANTEES

School Year
Ashland School District 2017
Astoria School District 2016
Bandon School District #54 2013
Bethel School District 2013
Canby School District 2016
Centennial School District 2014
Central Curry School District 2014
Dallas School District 2012
David Douglas School District
Fern Ridge School District 2016
Gladstone School District 2012
Klamath Falls City Schools 2009
Lake County School District #7 2012
Multnomah Education Service District 2014
North Clackamas School District 2016
North Powder Charter School 2012
North Santiam School District 29J 2014
Powers Public Schools #31 2011
Rainer School District 2014
Saint Helens School District 2017
Silver Falls School District 2012
South Lane School District 2014
Tigard-Tualatin School District 2017
The Village School 2013
Tillamook School District 2017
Willamette ESD 2016

 

BLUEPRINT

A guide to making employee wellness programs work for school districts, Education Service Districts and community colleges.

SUCCESS STORIES

Check out some of our success stories.

APPLICATION

Ready to take a step towards wellness, apply for the grant today.