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 well-being of all staff.

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

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. Before applying, please contact Asta Garmon at

Interested Charter Schools are 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.


OEA Choice Trust is excited to announce another opportunity for Oregon public school districts, ESDs and community colleges to apply for School Employee Wellness program funding!

School Employee Wellness grants are awarded for up to $100,000 over 5 years. The Trust works with grantees to develop effective, engaging and sustainable School Employee Wellness programs.

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



OEA Choice Trust is proud to work with school districts, ESDs, and community colleges across Oregon. You can see who we’ve worked with on the List of Current and Past Grantees or by heading to the Success Stories page, which includes a map of all successful current and past grantees.


By clicking the link below, you will be taken to a form. Please complete the form and click submit. When your form is submitted, you will have access to downloading the application.

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Applying for a School Employee Wellness grant takes time and effort, and you can strengthen your application by using these resources. using strategies and tips from this webinar.


The Blueprint is a six-step guide to help grantees develop a new program from scratch or strengthen an existing program.


Use the scoring rubric to see how each section of your application will be evaluated.


The Framework is a guide created to inform school employees about different strategies for SEW program success.


SMART Objectives are one part of the Action Plan. These tips can help you make sure your objectives are Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Relevant and have a Timeline.


This recording of the School Employee Wellness Grant webinar covers the basics of developing a strong application, including how to fill out the Action Plan and Budget templates.


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

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:

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


(503) 624-3994 – Attention: Inge Aldersebaes

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



The following definitions are below to provide clarity on how OEA Choice Trust uses each word.

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