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Healthy Schools Network Grants

General Grant Information

HSN School Grants available October 9, 2017

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 their classroom and across all aspects of the school environment.

Applications for the Healthy Schools Network (HSN) School Grants will be accepted from October 9th-November 10th, 2017, with the grants focusing on a new overarching theme of mental well-being. The focus this year will be on Well-Being in a Real-World Context

We know BC schools understand the central role mental well-being plays both in fostering optimal environments for learning, and in engaging students as they develop their skills and explore their passions. Mental well-being is a key foundation for student health, well-being and success.

The Healthy Schools Network School Grant is a $750 grant opportunity that supports public, First Nations and independent schools to use inquiry-based, whole school approaches to address mental well-being priorities. It provides financial support for schools as they transform the way they address mental well-being across various aspects of the school environment. 

Successful school-level applications will have an inquiry focus on the promotion of mental well-being as it relates to students’ learning, health and development, and will connect their work to  two overarching questions:

  1. How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, health, and success?
  2. How does mental well-being impact the ‘whole child’?

Preference will be given to applications that address the whole school environment with actions across interrelated learning areas or link to community initiatives. Consideration will be given to equitable regional distribution of approved applications across the province.  Due to a finite amount of funding available for school grants, applications will only be accepted from October 9th-November 10th, 2017 through apply.dashbc.ca (please note that in order to submit an application, you will need to set up a free account).

The HSN School Grants assist school communities to ensure that all students are healthy, engaged and connected in a safe, supportive, caring and strong learning environment and to realize and practise the concept that healthy students are better learners. The grants aim to provide funding as a catalyst to support mental well-being initiatives that are relevant and meaningful to each applicant’s unique school context.

If you have applied for an HSN Grant in the past, we encourage you to apply again this year! Just remember that in order to apply for a grant, you must post your previous grant’s year-end story on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map. If you need any support in sharing your story, please contact us at sali@dashbc.ca

If you have any questions about the HSN or the HSN School Grants, please contact us at sali@dashbc.ca.  

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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 School 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.

Healthy Schools Process

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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 School Grant and how to apply, see the 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 HSN School Grant

The HSN School Grant is $750 grant opportunity that supports public, First Nations and independent schools to use inquiry-based, whole school approaches to address mental well-being priorities. This grant provides financial support for schools as they transform the way they address mental well-being across various aspects of the school environment. The grants are focusing on a new overarching theme of mental well-being. The focus this year will be on Well-Being in a Real-World Context

Successful applications will have an inquiry focus on the promotion of mental well-being as it relates to students’ learning, health and development and will connect their work to two overarching questions:

  1. How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, health, and success?
  2. How does mental well-being impact the ‘whole child’?

Preference will be given to applications that address the whole school environment with actions across interrelated learning areas or that link to community initiatives. Consideration will be given to equitable regional distribution of approved applications across the province.  

Before applying, 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.

THe Healthy Schools Network (HSN) Grant is  a $750 grant opportunity that is meant to support public, First Nations and independent schools to use inquiry-based, whole school approaches to address mental well-being priorities. It provides financial support for schools as they transform the way they address mental well-being across various aspects of the school environment.

A Focus on Mental Well-being in a Real-world Context

BC schools understand the centrality mental well-being plays in fostering optimal environments for learning and engaging students in developing their skills and exploring their passions and interests as a foundation for student health, well-being and success.

Grant recipients are encouraged to connect their work to the following over-arching question: 

How is it feasible to promote mental well-being through all environments that promote student learning, health, and success? How does mental well-being impact the ‘whole child’?

Inquiry Approach

Ths grant application asks questions related to the stages in the Healthy Schools Process,as this process guides an inquiry-based approach to healthy schools initiatives. We have also connected these stages to the Spiral of Inquiry, as this inquiry framework has fostered strong practice related to innovative learning environments and we want to increase awareness of this framework. You can read more about the Spiral of Inquiryhere.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, your grant application must be either submitted by or include the contact details of a member of the school (e.g. educator, administrator, support staff) who will serve as the primary contact person during the grant approval process.

Funding Support

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education.

Questions

If you have any questions about the HSN Grants, contact us at sali@dashbc.ca or 604-681-0600.

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. Please note that applications will only be accepted though apply.dashbc.ca.

When is the application deadline?

Applications will be accepted from October 9th-November 10th, 2017 with the application deadline being on November 10th, 2017.

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?

If you have applied for an HSN School Grant in the past, we encourage you to apply again this year! Just remember that, in order to apply for a grant, you must post your previous grant’s year-end story on the Healthy Schools BC Stories Map. If you need any support in sharing your story, please contact us at sali@dashbc.ca

How do I submit my application?

  • Click on this link to access the HSN School Grant.
  • Complete the application form.
  • 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 us at sali@dashbc.ca.

2017/18 Applications now being accepted until November 10th, 2017.