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School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program2014-15 Application Now Open
What is a School Wellness Council? The first recommendation in the NYC Wellness Policies is for each school to develop a School Wellness Council (SWC) to create an environment in which schools can holistically and systematically prioritize PE and health education as cornerstones of school wellness, while also creating more opportunities for physical activity, nutrition, and health related improvements across the entire schools community. A School Wellness Council (SWC) is an advisory group concerned with the health and wellbeing of students, staff, and the school community. 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 are a great way for parents/guardians and parent associations to participate in implementing City and school wellness policies 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. Click here to review and register the upcoming School Wellness Works Professional Development workshops and Community Networking opportunities. About This Year's SWC Grant Opportunities: The annual School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program funds and supports schools to create or strengthen SWCs. Grantee schools receive funding along with technical assistance and one-on-one support from the School Wellness Works team and SWC Mentors; professional development; networking opportunities; resources; tools; and incentives to create a SWC, or further develop the work of an existing wellness council. All SWC grant schools complete and/or update a needs assessment (Scorecard), create and implement an action plan and budget on the School Wellness Works Portal, and share SWC work at a year-end Celebration event on June 4, 2015. Grant funding is used to support components of the approved action plan. SWC Continuation Grant (Prior SWC Grant Recipient Schools): Schools that previously participated in the 2013-2014 grant program are eligible and champions will be invited to apply directly for the SWC Continuation Grant to receive up to $1,000 for wellness-related projects. These are competitive grants that will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Review the list of 2013-14 School Wellness Council Grant recipient schools here. Deadline for Continuation Application is October 31.SWC Implementation Grant (New Schools): Schools that did not participate in the SWC grant program in the 2013-2014 school year can apply for a $2,500 award to create or strengthen a school wellness council and 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, community wellness, and other wellness-related initiatives). Schools that applied for the 2014-2015 SWC Implementation Grant will be notified shortly. How do I find out about other wellness-related grant opportunities? To stay up to date on all school wellness related resources and opportunities, register for the School Wellness Weekly newsletter by clicking here.