Healthy schools: Highmark Foundation seeks grant applications

The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019-20 School Grant and Awards Program, which will make $425,000 available to create healthier K-12 schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. "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 six years. We encourage all eligible schools to apply.”
Public, private, parochial and charter schools and vocational high schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) are invited to apply for the three offerings of the Highmark Foundation's School Grant and Awards Program:
School Grant Program funding supports bullying prevention, child injury prevention, environmental health, healthy eating, and physical activity. Programs in this area will focus on vaccination campaigns, including human papillomavirus (HPV) awareness and education, health screening support for school nurses, and support services for children with chronic illness. Schools are eligible for grants up $7,500.
Advancing Excellence in School Nursing Awards recognize the important role school nurses play in adolescent health and wellness. Up to 15 school nurses will be presented this honor, accompanied by $1,500 for professional development or school resources.
Supportive Services Health Grants support economically disadvantaged school districts and high-needs schools. Child Health and Wellness grants up to $1,000 will be awarded. School Equipment and Supplies Challenge grants will match up to $2,500 for the purchase of specialized equipment.
All applications must be submitted online at by March 29.
The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for individuals and communities throughout the areas served by Highmark and its subsidiaries and affiliates.