BCBSMS Foundation: Healthy School Awards

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation


Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 27, 2018 9:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Public Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Mississippi

Location of residency: Mississippi

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Overview:

Overview

The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Healthy School Awards recognizes and rewards public schools with health policies and programs that promote healthy eating, physical activity, staff wellness, tobacco-free lifestyles among students and staff, and parental and community involvement. The criteria for this award are based on state and national school health standards. The criteria for this award are based on state and national school health standards.

The goal of these awards is to motivate Mississippi schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments. Healthy schools help students achieve full academic potential and support them in developing lifelong healthy behaviors. The Healthy School Awards will assist school leaders in their efforts to make their schools, and ultimately our state, a healthier place to live.

Prestigious leaders from across Mississippi will review and score these applications.

Award Categories

A school from each of these three categories will receive a $25,000 grant from the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation:
  • Category 1: 900 or more students
  • Category 2: 501-899 students
  • Category 3: 500 or fewer students
One school will be designated as the "Healthiest School in Mississippi" and will be awarded a $50,000 grant. A school of any size may receive this designation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Healthy School Awards is open to public K-12 schools physically located in Mississippi.
  • The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation invites all K-12 public schools to apply for the Healthy School Awards.
    • If your school is one that promotes health, you are eligible to be recognized and rewarded for your efforts in establishing a healthy school environment

Preferences:

  • Many schools may not meet all the criteria or have all the policies in place that the application suggests. However, the winning schools will be those that have made the most strides in creating a healthy school environment and demonstrated the highest level of commitment to a healthy school culture.

Ineligibility:

  • The Healthy School Awards is a school-level recognition award. School districts are not eligible to apply.
  • Schools receiving the “Healthiest School” award designation are ineligible to submit an award application for three years following their award year.
    • Schools receiving the “Healthy School” award may submit an application, but will only be eligible for the “Healthiest School” award for a three year period.
    • If a “Healthy School” award winner does not win a “Healthiest School” award within the three year period, the school is again eligible for the “Healthy School” award.
  • The award may only be used to improve a school’s health and wellness efforts, not to fund existing or new athletic programs or teams.
  • The plan of expenditure must be approved by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation and cannot be used to fund grant programs currently funded by the Foundation or in conjunction with awards funded by other entities.


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