1305 Grant Program
The 1305 Grant Program is a federal initiative administered in the state by the Department of Health and supported by multiple state agencies. It reaches large segments of the population through school districts, early care and education centers, worksites and communities to address chronic disease risk factors and ultimately reduce obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center has been contracted to deliver the school segment of the 1305 grant program. The funding will be used over a five-year period in the development, coordination and administration of the grant program in schools. The Center will help grant awardees make data-driven decisions that will address nonacademic barriers in an effort to improve health and academic achievement and growth of students. This initiative will build the capacity of 15 school districts to:
- implement policies and practices that create a supportive nutrition environment;
- develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive school physical activity programs; and
- identify opportunities to create or enhance community access to places for physical activity.
School districts were identified by 2010-2011 Pennsylvania Growth Screening/BMI-for-age percentiles reported annually. Other criteria considered were US Census low-income tracts, School Performance Profile data, participation in PDE’s Promoting Adolescent Health (1308) grant and proximity to planned activities for Healthy Corner Store Initiative and early child care centers
Funding was provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the “State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health” federal grant and “Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Highmark Foundation Creating a Healthier School Environment Grant Program
The Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant Program funding is provided by Highmark Foundation for schools and districts in Central Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Highmark Foundation awarded grants of up to $5,000 to schools and up to $10,000 for districts. Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center is contracted to provide technical assistance to a combination of 69 schools and districts, related to three target areas:
- Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
- Child Injury Prevention
- Physical and Environmental Health
The Center assists awarded schools and districts with data collection and provides technical support for implementing grant activities.
The Highmark Foundation recognizes that schools are powerful places to shape the health, education and well-being of our children. Through the Creating a Healthy School Environment Grant, the Highmark Foundation aims to create healthier school environments that have sustainable and lasting change through a comprehensive school strategy. Promoting child health and wellness is consistent with Highmark Foundation’s goals, strategies and focus to illustrate the effectiveness of early intervention and preventative health programs that address childhood injury prevention, healthy eating and physical activity, physical and environmental health, and bullying prevention.
The current grant year is underway and new applications are not being accepted at this time. Check back soon for additional grant opportunities through Highmark Foundation.
The Highmark Foundation is a private, charitable organization of Highmark, Inc. that supports initiatives and programs aimed at improving community health. The Foundation’s mission is to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for individuals who reside in the communities served by Highmark, Inc. The Foundation strives to support evidence-based programs that impact multiple counties and work collaboratively to leverage additional funding to achieve replicable models. For more information, visit www.highmarkfoundation.org.