mini_grant_pitchWhat is the Mini-Grant?

A county wide granting opportunity for Health and Wellness projects directly serving Santa Barbara County public school communities. Two prizes will be awarded and announced at the Summit; The People’s Choice Award and the Council’s Choice Award, each valued at $5,000.


This grant opportunity is currently only open to Santa Barbara County public schools.

  • Call for Proposals are currently open to teams only in Santa Barbara County (i.e. made up of administration, teachers, wellness committees, PTOs, PTSAs, food service) consisting of at least five members (preferably from different departments) responsible for program implementation.
  • Each team must have one designated presenter available to attend and present at the October 24, 2018 School Wellness Summit.
  • Proposals must impact Santa Barbara County public school communities.
  • Proposals should support the district’s local school wellness policy, the board-approved document that guides a local educational agency’s (LEA) or school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. On July 29, 2016, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) finalized regulations to create a framework and guidelines for written wellness policies established by LEAs. LEAs must fully comply with the requirements of the final rule by June 30, 2017. See Summary of the USDA Final Rule »
  • Programs can encompass other school-based activities that promote student wellness, Workplace Wellness, Food Literacy, Nutrition Education and Promotion, or Physical Activity and be consistent with the values of the School Wellness Summit by creating, supporting, and sustaining a culture of health and wellness in the school community.
  • Application must specify what target population will benefit from the program.
Award Details:
  • Five finalists will deliver their Fast Pitch live on the Summit Stage on October 24, 2018.
  • Fast Pitch presentations must be under 5 minutes.
  • Two prizes will be awarded and announced at the Summit, each valued at $5,000.
  • Winners are expected to report out on progress of their programs at the 2019 School Wellness Summit.
  • Grant may only be used for specific projects and must impact Santa Barbara County public school communities.

Closing Date for Application: September 28, 2018

Sample Projects

See below for a list of sample projects and how health and wellness grant funds can be used in your school district.

Pink and Dude Chefs
Provides nutrition education and hands-on culinary skills to middle-school students. Since its creation in 2008, the Pink and Dude Chefs program has become one of STRIDE’s most popular community efforts. View Project »

Outdoor Environment Learning Center and Life Lab
Applicable when teaching science, math, language arts, physical education, social studies, art, health and environmental education. It lends itself to inter-disciplinary studies and makes learning a multi-sensory experience. View Project »

Student Health Improvement Plan
Organized student wellness teams for across the district, provide professional development, assemble a community of practice with co-leaders from each of the schools, and guide each school team in developing a Student Health Improvement Plan. These plans include measurable goals focused on increasing physical activity and improving nutrition. View Project »

Workplace Wellness Initiatives
Generate high rates of staff participation in wellness programs. Demonstrate how to promote healthy lifestyles with their students. Organizing district-wide Week of Wellness (W.O.W.) full of physical activity and nutrition promotion for the entire school community; staff, students, families. View Project »

Implementing Smarter Lunchroom Projects
Include campaigns such as Food Day, California Thursdays, Harvest of the Month, Rethink Your Drink, Meatless Mondays and Lean and Green Days, Salad Bar Etiquette, National School Breakfast and Lunch weeks. View Project »

Launching Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Schools Initiatives

Focusing on creating healthy schools has direct benefits for students, staff and teachers and has impacts on the health of the broader community. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health of young people and helping them establish lifelong patterns of healthy behavior. View Project »