Champions can apply for wellness grants, ranging from $200 to $1,000, to fund a department level self-directed wellness activity.
The 2021 grant application submission windows are:
- May 1 to May 15. Applicants will be notified by June 15.
- September 1 to September 15. Applicants will be notified by October 15.
General parameters of the grant application are listed below:
- Applications must be submitted by a BeWell Champion. Become a Champion today. You will earn a Berry for being a Champion, as well as exclusive Berry-eligible Champions trainings.
- Grant proposals should be developed in conjunction with your supervisor.
- Write a two to four sentence goal describing your commitment to promoting work-group level wellness practices through realistic, achievable changes.
- Write one to four paragraphs describing how your team will accomplish this goal with grant funds. Use the SMART format:
- Specific: Make sure you propose specific activities.
- Measurable: How will you measure the outcome of your proposed activity or activities.
- Achievable: Ensure that your proposed activities are achievable.
- Realistic: Are your proposed activities and budget realistic? Please demonstrate why.
- Time-bound: What is the time-frame for your goals? Can you achieve your outcomes through your proposed activities and timeline?
- Demonstrate how this new wellness practice in your workgroup will be sustained after the grant period is over.
- Propose an itemized budget. Your goals and activities must align with your fund request. Please research all costs involved before submission. If your application requires the assistance of other departments or partners, please consult with them and confirm the potential costs before submitting your application.
- Let us know which wellness practices your department has already implemented.
All grant recipients will be required to provide periodic progress reports to describe how the proposed activity is going and how their funds are being used.
Examples of possible wellness grant application ideas:
- Compassion check-in rituals: A team decides to focus on compassion in the workplace. Collectively, they use the funds to bring a virtual compassion training through LeadWell. They acquire new skills on how to implement compassion check-ins and build this ritual into the start of their meetings.
- Move more: A team creates a shared goal to move more in short bursts throughout the day. They design their activities and track their progress as a group. The department uses the funds to purchase exercise bands to use for their movement breaks.