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Highmark Foundation accepting applications for school grants

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Foundation is accepting applications for its 2021-2022 school grant and awards program.

The foundation will have $450,000 for schools grades K-12 in Pennsylvania and West Virginia with the goal to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies.

“Our schools have a tremendous holistic opportunity to be the foundation for systemic improvement in children’s health,” Yvonne Cook, Highmark Foundation president, said. “We are very pleased with the impact the School Grant and Awards program has had in its first seven years and are looking forward to expanding that impact to include school-based health initiatives.”

All eligible schools are encouraged to apply, she said.

Public, private, parochial and charter schools and vocational high schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania, excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, can apply for:

* School Grant Program funding to support evidence-based programs addressing positive school climates, environmental health, healthy eating and physical activity and school-based health. Schools are eligible for grants up $7,500. All applications must be submitted online by March 31.

* Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards recognizing the role school nurses play in adolescent health and wellness. Awardees also will receive $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources. Applications must be submitted online by March 31.

* Supportive Services Health Grants to support economically disadvantaged school districts and high-needs schools with financial assistance to meet basic health requests. Schools must meet strict criteria to be eligible. Child Health and Wellness Grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to schools to assist with the purchase of items impacting students’ supportive, social and health needs. School Equipment and Supplies Challenge grants will match up to $2,500 for the purchase of specialized equipment or supplies that enable school nurses to better perform their valuable services. Proof of matching funds from other sources must be included in the application.

In its ninth year, the School Grant and Awards Program has provided more than $2.96 million of support to schools in communities served by Highmark Inc. in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The link to the online application can be found at highmarkfoundationrfp.versaic.com

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