The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) School Health NJ Project - Grant Opportunity
Our vision is to begin to transform the NJ public school landscape by directing resources to build and sustain healthy schools for all students. The NJDOH will provide up to $15,000 over the course of 3 years, with an optional 4th year, to strengthen the school district’s capacity to support and sustain healthy schools. Annual funding is contingent upon the availability funds.
This grant initiative is based on the following principles:
- Healthy children learn better.
- Health and academic achievement are inextricably intertwined.
- Schools are an ideal venue for chronic disease prevention.
- Administrative and Board of Education support is critical for creating a culture of health in schools.
- A commitment to systems change is required to sustain healthy schools.
The NJDOH is recruiting all schools but needs to prioritize those with at least 40% of students eligible for free/reduced lunch. Public middle- and/or high-schools, with a grade level of 6 and higher are eligible to lead this pilot in their school district. In addition to funding, the NJDOH’s school health regional agencies will provide programmatic guidance and support throughout the time the school participates in the project.