The charitable arm of the American College Health Association (ACHA) is offering a grant of $5,000 to campus health professionals who are ACHA members or employed by ACHA-member institutions in order to support a novel program addressing an issue related to the retention and overall well-being of college students. Eligible projects should be formulated on the basis of published research, creative in scope, measureable in its impact, and applicable to the health enhancement of college students who participate in it. The foundation seeks to support programs advancing the understanding of students’ concepts of wellness, assessing student knowledge of available wellness resources on campus, strengthening the use of technology to integrate wellness activities into an educational system as well as methods of delivery of wellness information inclusive of the development of community and public health strategies reaching out to at-risk populations, generating novel strategies to support the continued access and use of wellness activities and services, and measuring wellness activities in order to increase student retention or decrease student dropout rates.
For complete information and application materials, please review the Web page for the Aetna Student Health Award here. Applications are due January 31, 2015.
The ACHA foundation is also seeking applications for its Stephan D. Weiss Mental Health Award (sponsored by the foundation of the same name), a grant of up to $2,500 for the support, promotion, and improvement of quality of mental health care for college students. The grant is intended to encourage development of creative initiatives that will enhance mental health service delivery to university and college students through an innovative, replicable program. The award also will support the development of retention mechanisms for students whose mental health problems might otherwise compromise the quality of their post-secondary experiences and/or jeopardize their likelihood of their graduation. Eligible applicants must be enrolled at ACHA member institutions. Graduate students engaged in mental health professional training programs are preferred candidates. For application materials and other information, please see the Award Web page above. The deadline for this award is also January 31, 2015.
Managed by Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts is once again funding community reading programs as part of its Big Read initiative. Grants range from $2,500 to $20,000 and may be used for expenses such as salaries, venue rental, speaker fees and travel, advertising, and book purchases. Eligible programs should encourage reading and participation from diverse local audiences and may include activities such as panel discussions, art exhibits, film series, music or dance events, book discussions, author readings, lectures, theatrical performances or other events related to the community’s chosen poet or book. Eligible applicants include libraries, arts councils, tribal, state, or local governments, arts organizations, colleges and universities, literary centers, humanities councils, literary festivals, museums, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and historical societies. For complete information, please see the Big Read guidelines Web page.