Healthy Schools Mini-Grant Application

Funding for Healthy Schools in Louisiana

Physical activity in kids and teens promotes lifelong health and creates better learners. Regular movement improves students’ attention, mood, memory, grades, classroom behavior, and ability to stay on task. To advance the physical and educational effects of activity, Well-Ahead Louisiana introduces the Healthy Schools Mini-Grant.

The Healthy Schools Mini-Grant opportunity provides up to $3,000 to support school health improvement projects focused on increasing physical activity for students. This grant opportunity is available to elementary, middle, and high schools.

To promote health equity, applications from schools identified as having a higher need will be given priority. A school is considered to have a higher need when it is located in an area with:

The deadline to apply is October 16, 2023.

Make an Impact

Schools are in a unique position to help students attain the nationally recommended 60 minutes or more of daily physical activity. The goal of the Healthy Schools Mini-Grant is to provide school health teams with professional development, technical assistance, and funding to implement strategies supporting a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program. These strategies include:

  • Physical education
  • Physical activity during school
  • Physical activity before and after school
  • Staff involvement
  • Family and community engagement

Apply for the Healthy Schools Mini-Grant

Applications will be accepted until October 16, 2023. Notifications of awards will be made no later than November 3, 2023.

Grantees will work with a Well-Ahead team member who will provide technical assistance to assist with the implementation of grant requirements for school success!

  • Eligibility

    A school is eligible to apply for the grant if it:

    • Is a public school in Louisiana enrolling students in any grades K-12, except those currently in partnership with Louisiana Healthy Schools*
    • Has the support of the school principal and a lead point of contact located at the school
    • Is prepared to complete all grant requirements by June 30, 2024
  • Examples of Allowable Purchases
    • Playground equipment or supplies to enhance outdoor play (shade structures, inclusive equipment, safety surfacing/mulch, walking path installation and signage, etc.
    • Physical Education equipment (balls, hoops, bean bags, cones, etc.)
    • Items to support classroom physical activity (task cards, poly spots, etc.)
    • Items to support physical activity opportunities before and after school
    • Active Classroom or PE curriculum (e.g., SPARK)
  • Requirements for Grantees

    Schools will need to complete the following activities to meet grant requirements:

    • Participate in the virtual orientation on November 17, 2023.
    • Identify a school health team leader and assemble a school health team of 3-4 school staff or faculty.
    • Complete a pre- and post-assessment of the School Health Index Physical Education and Physical Activity module.
    • Create an action plan and budget for a school health improvement project aimed at increasing physical activity for all students of all abilities.
    • Implement the school health improvement project and submit photos by June 30, 2024.
    • Participate in monthly virtual meetings (30-60 minutes) and one in-person site visit with a Well-Ahead team member.
    • Complete required evaluation activities.

    Schools will receive technical assistance from Well-Ahead to complete grant requirements. 

  • Funding Restrictions
    • The applicant must not use funds to discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other basis of discrimination prohibited by law. 
    • Funds may not be used for prizes, incentives, or subscriptions.
    • Funds may not be used for salaries, lobbying or advocacy activities, or office equipment (such as computers, printers, pens, etc.).
    • Funds may not be used to cover the cost of previously purchased items, materials, or equipment.
  • Timeline

    The timeline below is a guide to assist schools in staying on task with important due dates and activities for the grant.

    November 2023Attend virtual Grantee Orientation on November 17, 2023
    January 2024Establish a school health team
    Complete School Health Index Physical Education & Physical Activity assessment module
    Monthly virtual meeting with Well-Ahead
    February 2024Create an action plan for the school health improvement project
    Submit a budget for the school health improvement project
    Monthly virtual meeting with Well-Ahead
    March 2024-May 2024Implement school health improvement project
    Monthly virtual meeting with Well-Ahead
    June 2024Update School Health Index Physical Education & Physical Activity assessment module
    All funds spent and the project fully implemented
    Submit photos to Well-Ahead
    Virtual Grant Closeout Meeting
    All evaluation activities completed

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