Highmark Foundation accepting applications grants

PARKERSBURG — The Highmark Foundation is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 School Grant and Awards Program.

The program will make available $450,000 for grades K-12 in schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The goal is to create healthier school environments and 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,” said Highmark Foundation President Yvonne Cook. “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. We encourage all eligible schools to apply and partner with the Highmark Foundation to create a healthier and safer school environment.”

Public, private, parochial, charter and vocational high schools in West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) are eligible to apply in three areas:

* School Grant Program funding supports evidence-based programs that address bullying prevention, environmental health, healthy eating and physical activity and school-based health. Schools are eligible for grants up to $7,500.

* Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards recognize the role school nurses play in adolescent health and wellness. Awardees will receive $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources.

* Supportive Services Health Grants are part of a strategy 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 services. Proof of matching funds from other sources must be included in the application.

All applications must be submitted online and the deadline is March 31. The link to the online application is https://highmarkfoundationrfp.versaic.com

The Highmark Foundation’s School Grant and Awards Program, in its eighth year, has provided more than $2.65 million to schools in communities served by Highmark Inc. in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.