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2013-14 SWC Implementation Grant Application: PDF for Viewing Only2013-14 SWC Implementation Grant Application Scoring Rubric2013-14 SWC Implementation Grant GuidanceAbout This Year's Grant: The annual School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program funds and supports schools to create or strengthen SWCs. This year, schools that participated in the grant program last year and applied for additional funding are receiving awards of up to $1,000 for wellness-related projects (continuation grantees). Also, 75 implementation schools have been awarded $2,500 to develop practical and innovative ways to address various components of wellness for students and the school community, (e.g., physical education, health education, physical activity, food, school environment, staff wellness, mental health, and other wellness-related initiatives.) Grantee schools receive funding along with technical assistance, through mentoring and networking events; resources; tools; and incentives to create a SWC, or further develop the work of an existing wellness council. All SWC program schools will complete/update a needs assessment (online), create and implement a budget and action plan (online), and share SWC work at a year-end event on June 5, 2014. Grant funding is used to support components of the approved action plan.See our 2013-14 continuation and implementation schools and click the links, and see 2013-14 SWCs of the Year, Champions of the Year, and Student Champions of the Year, by clicking here. What is a School Wellness Council? A wellness council functions best when there is representation from across the school community, including students, teachers, school nurses, administrators, school food staff, custodians, mental health providers, and community based organizations. School Wellness Councils also serve as a great way for parents and parent associations interested in wellness policies and programs to get involved, by either serving on the SWC or volunteering with its programs and subcommittees (e.g., gardening, wellness event planning). For more information about what a School Wellness Council (or School Health Council) is and how to start one, click here. Tell me more about the SWC grant program: Launched in 2010, grants of $2,500 were originally awarded to 50 schools in the first two years. In 2012-2013 the program expanded in scope and capacity to serve 125 schools/sites, including 17 mentor schools. Grantee schools received funding, resources, tools and incentives to create a school wellness council, or further develop the work of an existing council, along with technical assistance through mentoring and wellness-related networking events. If you are interested in reading the report about the first year of the grant, click here. To see last year's awarded schools, click here. How do I find out about other wellness-related grant opportunities? To stay up to date on all school wellness related resources and opportunities, sign up for the School Wellness Weekly newsletter by clicking here to sign up.