GRANT PROGRAM

OEA Choice Trust recognizes school districts, education service districts and community colleges face many diverse health and wellness issues; that’s why our 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 physical, emotional and social well-being of all staff.

If you are still in the early stages of planning your program and need help or ideas, check out the Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices and the Resource Library.

How To Apply for a Grant

Before applying, we recommend that you check out the program planning and development resources on the Employee Health and Well-being page. The page also has information about the Trust’s approach to school employee well-being.

When you’re ready, head to the Grant Application page to download the application.

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 and well-being
Blueprint

To help build a successful school employee wellness program follow the Blueprint for Wellness. OEA Choice Trust wrote this to help grantees develop a new program from scratch or strengthen an existing program that may just need a little more attention to achieve real success.

The Blueprint provides the steps, the why, the how and real examples from past school employee wellness grantees. Each of the six steps in the Blueprint comes with a “tool-kit” of linked resources to help you complete that step successfully.

Blueprint for School Employee Wellness

Scoring Rubric

Each grant application is scored using the rubric below. You may use this to better understand how a grant application is evaluated.

Grant Application Scoring Rubric

How to Develop SMART Objectives

Part of the grant application is an Action Plan for the first year of your school employee wellness program. The Action Plan requires that you write SMART objectives that align with your organization’s overarching goals; you can use the tip sheet below to make sure you structure your objectives correctly.

How to Develop SMART Objectives

Current Grantees

OEA Choice Trust is proud to work with school districts, ESDs, and community colleges across Oregon.

List of Current and Past Grantees

FAQs

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

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.