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.

COMPETITIVE GRANT OPPORTUNITY

OEA Choice Trust is excited to announce another opportunity for Oregon public school districts, community colleges and ESDs to apply for school employee wellness program funding! The Trust is proud to partner with Oregon educators to foster healthy, resilient schools and improve the well-being of all school employees.

Our webinar discusses eligibility, the application process, the review process and program planning resources.
HOST: Inge Aldersebaes, Associate Director and Director of School Employee Wellness

 

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?

OEA Choice Trust School Employee Wellness Grant awards are a maximum of $100,000 for school employee wellness programs that will be implemented within 5 years. Please note: this is a multiyear grant award and annual grant funding requests are limited to a maximum of $30,000 per grant year.

Grantees will be required to provide a minimum of 50% in matching funds 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 the health, well-being and resilience of school employees by focusing on a holistic approach that includes the essential elements of well-being: OEA Choice Trust’s School Employee Health and Well-being Model
  • 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

 

  1. 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: OEA Choice Trust’s Fostering School Employee Health, Well-being and Resilience: Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices
  • 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

 

 

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?

Please mail one hard copy and send one electronic/fax copy of completed grant application with the information listed above by November 5, 2018 to Inge Aldersebaes at:

MAIL:
OEA Choice Trust
Attention: Inge Aldersebaes
6900 SW Atlanta Street, Bldg. 2
Tigard, OR 97223

ELECTRONIC:
inge@oeachoice.com

FAX:
(503) 624-3994 – Attention: Inge Aldersebaes

CONTACT PERSON:
Inge Aldersebaes, Associate Director and Director of School Employee Wellness
Phone:  (503) 495-6254

 

Term Definitions:

  1. Health: A state of physical, mental and social well-being; not merely the absence of disease or infirmity
  2. Wellness: A lifelong journey, an active process of making daily choices and commitments to be healthy and well
  3. Well-being: The way you feel, the way you function and how you judge your life[i] ; five essential well-being elements include physical, social, emotional, financial and purpose that interact to support living well and flourishing
  4. Worksite Wellness: An organized, employer-sponsored initiative designed to support employees to adopt behaviors that reduce health risks, improve quality of life, maximize personal effectiveness and benefit the organization’s mission and vision
  5. School: Oregon public school districts, ESD’s and community colleges
  6. The Social Environment: The aggregate of social and cultural institutions, norms, patterns, beliefs and processes that influence the life of an individual or community; the social environment includes interactions with family, friends, coworkers and others in the community, as well as cultural attitudes, norms, and expectations; it encompasses social relationships and policies in settings such as schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, businesses, place of worship, health care settings, recreation facilities and other public places
  7. The Physical Environment: The structure and function of the environment and how it impacts health and well-being; the physical environment consists of the natural environment (i.e., plants, atmosphere, weather, and topography) and the built environment (i.e., buildings, spaces, transportation systems, and products that are created or modified by people); physical environments can consist of particular individual or institutional settings, such as homes, worksites, schools, health care settings, or recreational settings such as the surrounding neighborhoods and related community areas where individuals live, work, travel, play and conduct their other daily activities are elements of the physical environment

[i] National Business Group on Health Institute on Innovation on Workforce Well-being

[i] Gallup 5 Essential Elements of Well-being

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.