Healthy Schools BC Resources

Healthy Schools Network Grants

General Grant Information

Check back in September/October 2017 for more information about the 2017 HSN Grant!

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The following information is under review and will be updated for Fall 2017...

HSN Inquiry Grants

The Healthy School Network grants are intended to provide financial support for educators and school community members as they transform the way they address healthy living in

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 their classroom and across all aspects of the school environment.

The Healthy Schools Network believes new approaches for addressing health are required. Many learners today are challenged with increases in anxiety, inactivity, unequal access to healthy available food and disconnection from the natural environments is of serious concern. The health, engagement and connectedness of our learners demand our collective attention.

The Healthy Schools Network grants assist school communities to ensure all students are healthy, engaged and connected in a safe, supported, caring and strong learning environment, and to realize and practice the concept that healthy students are better learners. 

The HSN Inquiry Grant encourages approaches to inquiry such as the Healthy Schools Process as seen in the Healthy Schools BC Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning and the Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework, which is a framework of inquiry and action to support improvements in health and learning in school communities across British Columbia, as well as the Spiral of Inquiry, developed by the Networks of Inquiry and Innovation (NOII). These two processes are reflective of one another and have a strong focus on careful consideration of the health needs of students, carefully constructed questioning and relevant goal setting to actively engage students in addressing their own and their peers’ wellbeing ensuring a rich healthy, supportive learning environment for all.

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Spiral of Inquiry

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The HSN Inquiry Grant aims to provide funding as a catalyst and support healthy living initiatives that are relevant and meaningful to each applicant’s unique school context. Our vision is that educators will use an inquiry approach to engage students in healthy living.

To learn more about the HSN Inquiry Grant and how to apply, see the drop-down menu below.

Resources/More Information

Learn more about the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) – what is it, what are its goals, and what are the ways you can participate in it?

Use the Healthy Schools BC Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning to plan your Inquiry project. It lays out a step-by-step approach for engaging your students in the creation of healthy schools.

Contact DASH BC or your local HSN Leader with questions about the Healthy Schools Network, for assistance with planning your grant project, or for support with the grant application process; we are here to help!

About the Inquiry Grant

The HSN Inquiry Grant is intended to support healthy living inquiry-based learning experiences with students. This involves working through an inquiry process with students, to engage them in healthy living through asking meaningful questions.

There are 3 central components of the Inquiry Grant that need to be addressed in your application:

  1. Exploratory learning
    • Inquiry is learner-centered, dynamic, and reflective in nature. The inquiry process is about encouraging exploration, curiosity, and student ownership in the learning experience, while also strengthening the educator’s professional practice.
    • Engage in continuous reflection. Reflection deepens learning, and the process of inquiry is a great way to engage students in both their health and their education.
    • There are different approaches to inquiry and we encourage you to utilize an approach that is most relevant for you and your students. Two approaches to inquiry that we encourage, and are reflective of one another, are the Healthy Schools Process and the Spiral of Inquiry.
      1. The Healthy Schools Process* is connected to the Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework and is the process that the Healthy Schools BC Resource Guide for Teaching and Learning walks through. This cyclical process supports schools to gather evidence, focus and plan, gather support, take action, and evaluate and reflect. Click here to learn more.
      2. Spiral of Inquiry*: The spiral of inquiry provides the framework for schools to be curious about and scan for what is going on for their learners, to develop a focus for their team inquiry, to explore hunches about what is leading to this situation (good and bad) for learners, to identify areas for new learning, to take action, and to check how much difference these new actions are making to learners.
  2. Student engagement
    • Students should be engaged in the inquiry process. They can help choose the focus of the inquiry, and/or be involved in implementing, evaluating and reflecting on it.
    • The Inquiry Grant is intended to support student-centered actions, or projects which engage students in a meaningful way; we are looking for projects co-created WITH students, instead of those done FOR students.
  3. Use of evidence

*These two inquiry processes are connected in that they encourage the use of evidence, focus and plan, take action and evaluate to check to know if the inquiry made a difference for students.

Before filling out your Inquiry Grant application form, take some time to consider the context of your school and the key issues for students in your classroom and/or school. This step of scanning students for their perspectives on what it means to be healthy is a great way to promote student engagement in the application process and build on previous healthy school projects, while supporting you to reflect on how your activity has influenced students’ health and learning at the end of your project.

Remember… powerful inquiry questions begin with “why” “how” or “what,” rather than questions that can be answered with “yes” or “no.”

Additionally, these resources can support your understanding of inquiry-based learning, and assist with planning, implementing and evaluating your project.

Examples & Resources

The Inquiry Grant can be used to explore a wide variety of questions ensuring the grant meets the unique needs of your school/classroom. We encourage you to read stories on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map to learn about some of the inquiry learning experiences and their questions BC schools have been asking. A few examples include:

  • Who Am I?: “To what extent will understanding the influence of our environment as part of who we are help us develop a sense of self? Who am I?”
  • Recycling and Healthy Alternatives: “Will verbal and physical weekly education of children on recycling reduce the amount of prepackaged foods and increase healthy snack alternatives at school and home?”
  • School Connectedness - Healthy Schools Assessment: “In what ways can we improve the culture of health and wellness in our school community so that everyone feels that they can achieve, that they belong and they feel connected to others?”
  • Effects of Water: “How would having clean, accessible drinking water improve the school environment and student learning?”
  • Dental Unit - Learning to Brush: “What information and activities can the class do at school to encourage the students to brush their teeth more frequently and to eat healthier food to take care of their teeth and bodies?”

You can also see a list of 2014-2015 Healthy Living Inquiry Grant questions here.

Another helpful element to consider when applying for the Inquiry Grant is how your inquiry will affect the wider school environment, and/or how it will enhance school connectedness.

  • School connectedness is about creating a school community where everyone feels safe, seen, heard, supported, significant and cared for. Research on school connectedness is strong and consistent; students who feel connected to school do better academically and are healthier. 
  • Consider asking students – Can you name TWO adults in this school who believe you will be a success in life?
  • Other questions to consider: will your inquiry build on previous initiatives within the school, or will it create the potential for future initiatives to blossom? How could others within the school community support your inquiry? How could this inquiry connect to other healthy school initiatives? How will this inquiry enhance relationships within the school and foster feelings of connectedness for students?
  • We invite you to learn more about school connectedness here.

Applications now closed.

Application Details

This section includes important information about:

  • who can apply
  • application deadline
  • expectations upon receiving grant funding
  • applying for more than one grant
  • how to apply and submit your application online

Who can apply for a grant?

Members of the school community can apply for a grant (e.g. educators, administrators, parents, support staff and community partners such as health professionals, etc.). However, the grant application must be submitted by or include the contact details for a member of the school (e.g. educator, administrator, support staff) who will serve as the primary contact person for the application. A community partner, such as a Public Health Nurse or Community Dietitian can fully participate in the grant application, however, a school staff must be the contact person.

When is the application deadline?

Information available soon for 2016/17 grants. Please note, Inquiry projects are required to be completed and reported on (i.e. share your story and submit necessary documents) by the end of the school year.

What are the expectations tied to receiving HSN funding?

  1. Authentic student engagement. Students must be involved in as many aspects as possible in the activity or the inquiry process.
  2. Health and learning. Learning is central to supporting students to be healthy at school as well as at home and in the community. In addition to a focus on health, a learning component also needs to be embedded within the activity or inquiry.
  3. Equity. The activity/inquiry must be equitable to students in the school or classroom.
  4. Connect with others in the school community. Connect with others in your school community, such as a local HSN Leader for support, and inform others about your activity/inquiry (e.g. school staff and/or parents) to see if there is wider support or opportunities for integration.
  5. Sharing of your story. You are required to share your story as a way to celebrate your progress, experiences, and to inspire others. You can share your story with the HSN Story Template (you can also use another medium, such as a video, as long as all the components within the story template are addressed in the video). Stories must be submitted to the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map by the end of the school year.
  6. Financial summary. A template will be provided for you to complete and submit to DASH by the end of the school year, outlining what the grant funds were used for. There is flexibility in how the funds can be used, as long as they are used for the direct purpose of the inquiry (e.g. TOC time, materials, resources). Although you are not required to submit receipts with the financial summary, you must keep all receipts in the case that DASH requests to receive them.

Can I/we apply more than once?

We encourage schools who may be interested in applying for multiple grants to coordinate focus areas and actions to take a whole school approach. All schools are welcomed to apply as we are aiming to support as many schools to participate as possible. Please know that priority is given to those schools who did not receive a grant in the fall 2015 granting cycle.

How do I submit my application?

  • Click on the link below to access the HSN Inquiry Grant.
  • Complete the Inquiry Grant application form. There are three parts of the application.
  • Once you have completed your application, simply click “submit” at the end of the application.
  • You will receive notification about grant approval within approximately 3 weeks of your submission. DASH may contact you if we have questions related to your school’s application.
  • Once approved, the grant will be mailed to the school contact person at the mailing address of the school.

If you experience any challenges in submitting your application, please contact DASH BC at hsn@dashbc.ca.

2015/16 Applications now closed.