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Highmark Foundation Accepting Applications

PITTSBURGH — The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2020-21 School Grant and Awards Program, which will make available a total of $450,000 for schools grades K-12 in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

All applications must be submitted online by March 31. A link to the online application can be found at highmarkfoundationrfp.versaic.com.

The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable and lasting change through comprehensive strategies.

Public, private, parochial and charter schools and vocational high schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania may apply for the three offerings of the foundation’s program:

∫ School Grant Program funding supports evidence-based programs that address these priority areas: bullying prevention, environmental health, healthy eating, physical activity and school-based health. 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. Awardees will be presented this honor, accompanied by $1,500 to be used for professional development or school resources.

∫ Supportive Services Health Grants are part of a strategy to support economically disadvantaged school districts and high-needs schools with financial assistance to meet basic health requests. Schools must meet strict criteria to be eligible. Child Health and Wellness grants up to $1,000 will be awarded to schools to assist with the purchase of items impacting students’ supportive, social and health needs. School Equipment and Supplies Challenge grants will match up to $2,500 for the purchase of specialized equipment or supplies that enable school nurses to better perform their valuable services.

Proof of matching funds from other sources must be included in the application.

Now entering its eighth year, the Highmark Foundation’s School Grant and Awards Program has provided more than $2.65 million of support to schools in communities served by Highmark Inc. in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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