OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma public school districts and school sites can now apply for Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment and Trust Healthy Incentive Grants.
According to a TSET release, the application period opened Sept. 1 will end at 4 p.m., Oct. 1.
“Schools play a vital role in promoting health to the next generation of Oklahomans,” TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee said. “Through the school incentive grants, TSET supports our partners in education and recognizes schools taking steps to teach students about eating right, moving more and being tobacco-free.”
According to the release, to be eligible school districts and school sites must adopt policy and implement best and promising practices encouraging tobacco-free environments, improved nutrition, increased physical activity and enhance employee wellness. Policy requirements for these grants help to create a learning environment that establishes and supports healthy behaviors for students, teachers and staff, the release states.
It also states that grant funds may be used for a variety of projects that improve health, including playgrounds, hydration stations and curriculum. Funds are limited. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the release.
Communities will be invited to apply for incentive grants starting Nov. 1, the release states.
For information and guidelines about the grants, visit https://tset.ok.gov/content/healthy-schools-incentive-grants or email Laura Matlock, program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.