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Healthy Life Challenge Mini-Grants

September 27th, 2011


The Healthy Life Challenge (HLC) is a 5-year project focusing on improving physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and education, and stress management in the OSU community.  It is funded by a gift from PacificSource Health Plans and is part of a larger statewide effort to improve the health of Oregon communities.  OSU’s Healthy Life Challenge is driven by students, staff, and faculty who believe that everyone plays a role in creating a culture of well-being.

The purpose of these mini-grants is to fund projects that support one or more of the focus areas of HLC, while also encouraging grass roots efforts and energizing community involvement.  Mini-grants are also intended to help meet funding needs for student groups, and to provide hands-on experiences for students to develop, implement and evaluate meaningful activities.

Mini-grants can be funded up to $1000.  Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other groups on campus.

Download the HCI Mini Grant Application.


  1. Student groups, departments, and/or offices may submit mini-grant applications.  Applicant must be a part of the OSU community, including extension offices and e-campus.
  2. Mini-grants are intended to support activities and projects; not graduate research, travel expenses, stipends, or salaries.
  3. Each applicant will only be awarded one mini-grant per fiscal year.

Application Process

Complete applications should be emailed to HCI.MiniGrants@OregonState.edu.  Applicants should allow 30 days between notification of funding and project delivery.

All applications will be reviewed within two weeks of receipt.  The review committee may request a meeting with the applicant for additional information, clarification, and/or sharing of ideas.   Applicants will be notified of their funding status via email.  Declined proposals may be resubmitted for consideration after incorporating feedback from the review committee.

Grantees will be required to meet with an HLC representative to review the proposed budget, restrictions on purchases, and instructions for using/accessing granted funds.

Grantees are required to submit a written report to HCI within two weeks of the conclusion of the funded project, including a standardized, after-action form, a photo and blog entry that journals the project, samples of materials used to advertise the project, and an accounting of all funds used.  Portions of these reports may be posted on line at www.oregonstate.edu/bewell as reference for future applicants.

Questions can be directed to HCI.MiniGrants@OregonState.edu.

Applications will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Proposal clearly aligns with one or more of the Healthy Life Challenge focus areas (improve physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation and education, or stress management in the OSU community).
  2. Project must either target all members of OSU community (faculty, staff, and students) OR if a specific group is targeted, it must be open to all members of that group.
  3. Request cannot exceed $1,000 and can have other funding sources.
  4. Project must include evaluation plans for targeted goals.
  5. Proposal reflects high quality of planning and communication.
  6. Applicants MUST have access to an OSU Foundation account. If you don’t have one yourself, we encourage your partnership with a group/department that does. Details for handling the funds will be discussed when applicant meets with the committee.

Grants that meet the following additional criteria are more likely to be funded:

  1. Project is collaborative with other campus groups.
  2. Project cost is minimized or free to participants.
  3. Project provides incentives for participation or completion of activity.

Examples of Previously Funded Projects:

  • Women’s Swimming Sessions
    • Standards of modesty differ from faith to faith.  Some restrictions make it difficult for men and women to share a public pool.  A representative from ISOSU requests $1,000 to pay for facility use and lifeguards for regular, women’s-only swim times, throughout Winter Term.
  • Poverty Dinner
    • OSU students will gather for a shared meal that reflects the world population and how it eats.  Each participant will be fed a meal designed (in quality and quantity) to reflect the poverty and/or wealth of the population he/she represents.  Additional discussion will occur about eating healthy with limited fiscal resources.  $700 is requested to pay for the food.
  • Serving Sizes – a Video Project
    • The making of this video depends on interviews with OSU students and their perceptions about serving sizes, as demonstrated in popular meals, purchased in local eateries.  Participants interact with interviewers about the contents on a given plate, then learn how the contents compare to recommended serving sizes.  The resultant video will be shared in Health and Nutrition classes.  $950 is requested to purchase food, props, incentives, and film-editing services.


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