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Student Wellness Programs

NEW Funding Opportunity for a Student Wellness Grant

Applications now being accepted

Local education providers are eligible to apply for the Student Wellness Grant, which exists to implement student wellness programs that support the implementation of whole school, whole community, whole child approaches to:

  • Increase coordination of policies, practices, and programs to support the physical, mental, emotional and social needs of students and reduce barriers to learning.
  • Build district infrastructure and sustainability to support a WSCC approach.
  • Improve local wellness (USDA) or supporting health and wellness policies aligned with best practices.
  • Increase implementation of district wellness policies and best practices to support healthy eating, physical activity, and health education.
  • Connect school health and wellness efforts to comprehensive health education standards and skills.

Approximately $600,000 is available for the upcoming school year with funding contingent on approval of appropriations from the state legislature. Grants will be awarded for a three-year term beginning in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

View Frequently Asked Questions

View recorded application webinar
View webinar Power Point

View Intent to Apply Due Friday, March 16, 2018, 11:59 pm

Applications Due: Monday, April 9, 2018, 11:59 pm

View the Student Wellness Grant Application
View the Student Wellness Grant Signature Page
View the Student Wellness Grant Budget Template

Frequently asked questions coming soon


In 2008, the State legislature passed HB 1224, providing state money from Amendment 23 to be used for Student Wellness Programs to address:

  • Childhood Obesity
  • Wellness Policies

The Programs use the Coordinated School Health model to address these priorities through:

  • Physical education
  • Nutrition services
  • Mental health counseling and services
  • Promotion of a healthy school environment
  • Health education
  • Health services
  • Involvement of students' families and communities in supporting and reinforcing healthy choices

In addition, Districts must have 100% licensed or endorsed PE teachers if larger than 1500 students

The State Legislature’s Intent

High-quality physical education programs taught by persons who are licensed and endorsed in physical education may be a factor in battling the rising incidence of obesity by ensuring not only that children receive a healthy level of physical activity, but that they also learn skills and develop knowledge that will enable them to maintain a healthy level of activity throughout their lifetimes.

Districts funded for Student Wellness Programs

  • Center
  • Cripple Creek
  • Englewood
  • Grand County Schools
  • South Routt/Hayden
  • Lake County
  • Manitou Springs
  • Woodland Park

Success Stories from Funded Sites

2015-2016 Student Wellness Grantee Highlights

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Mathew, Office of Health & Wellness at 303-866-6903

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