The annual School Wellness Council (SWC) Grant Program awards $2,500 to schools to create or strengthen SWCs. Click here for the list of this year's awarded schools. SWCs are charged with developing practical and innovative ways to address various components of wellness for students and the school community, e.g., PE, health education, physical activity, school nutrition, staff wellness, mental health, and other wellness-related programs. 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 CBOs. It’s also 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). For more information about what a School Wellness Council (or School Health Council) is and how to start one, click here.
Launched in 2010 in 50 schools, the SWC grant program was recently expanded as part of the City’s Obesity Task Force Plan. In 2012-13, the SWC Grant Program will award 125 schools with resources, tools and incentives to create a SWC, or further develop the work of an existing council. Grantee schools receive funding along with technical assistance through mentoring and networking events. Any school representative, with principal approval, may apply by completing an online application. If awarded, SWC grant school designees are required to attend the kickoff, complete a needs assessment, create and implement a budget and action plan, and share SWC work at a year-end event. Grant funding is used to support components of the approved action plan. If you are interested in reading the report about the first year of this exciting grant, click here.
2012-2013 SWC Grant Observation Scorecard, Action Plan, and Budget Submissions (Open until February 22, 2013)Observation Scorecard Results (click on the appropriate link and submit your Observation Scorecard results online in 5-10 minutes.)
K-5/6 (Your SWC Results)K-8 (Your SWC Results)6-8 (Your SWC Results)6-12 (Your SWC Results)9-12 (Your SWC Results)