Worklife Wellness Mini-Grants

TIMELINE

  • September 16, 2019 Mini-grant application window opens
  • November 15, 2019 Mini-grant application window closes
  • December 6, 2019 notification of approved/denied mini-grants communicated to applicants
  • January 31, 2020 awarded funds for approved applications have been spent
  • January 31, 2020 final report submitted via Qualtrics

FOCUS

  • Intended to promote work life wellness for MSU Extension staff located on or off campus
  • Must focus on one or more of the following areas:
    • Creating policy initiatives
    • Environmental initiatives
    • Education
    • Activities promoting healthy eating, active living and/or stress reduction
  • Examples could include, but not limited to:
    • Installation of a bike rack
    • Purchase of a stationary bike with laptop shelf for use during zoom calls/meetings, centrally located within office
    • Startup cost to create a healthy snack box
    • Identification of healthy options in vending machines
    • Creating a map of indoor/outdoor walking routes
    • Purchase of equipment for office use (yoga mats, balls, blocks, bands)
    • Creation or utilization of green space
    • Team building with physical activity or laughter

EXPECTATIONS

  • Application window opens September 16, 2019
  • Application window closes/last day to submit an application is November 15, 2019
  • Submit application through the MSU Extension Worklife Wellness Mini-Grant survey - https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06aSDYwTgw8aaB7
  • Team up within your office and have one person submit the application on behalf of the team/office
  • Identify proposed budget with detail listing each item, cost, and quantity requested
  • Implement activities as proposed in approved application by January 31, 2020
  • Spend awarded funds for approved applications by January 31, 2020
  • Submit a final report no later than January 31, 2020 via a Qualtrics link that will be provided to those applications that are approved
  • The Qualtrics link will prompt completion of information to describe what was purchased, the intended benefit or how wellness is expected to be improved, and any barriers or facilitators to implementing the initiative, by the January 31, 2020 deadline.

FUNDING

  • Maximum funding for any mini-grant will be $500
    • Any supplies or equipment purchased through the mini-grant process, becomes the property of the MSU Extension office receiving grant dollars

CRITERIA USED TO EVALUATE APPLICATIONS

  • Promotes work life wellness for MSU Extension staff located on or off campus
  • Focuses on one or more of the following areas:
  • Creating policy initiatives
  • Environmental initiatives
  • Education
  • Activities promoting healthy eating, active living and/or stress reduction
  • Has a clear indication of how employees will be engaged in, or benefit from, the program/initiative
  • Available to entire office
  • Clear goals and expected outcomes identified
  • Has a high probability of completion in the timeframe indicated (see expectations section)
  • Possibility for continuation beyond the mini-grant implementation phase
  • Proposed budget is $500 or less

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