Applications Open for Healthy Schools and Communities Grant

For release September 6, 2016

Schools and communities looking to help improve the health and well-being of youth will findit a little easier with the opening of applications for a new grant.

The Healthy Schools and Communities Grant is made possible through funding to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency provided by Cameco Touchdown for Dreams and AstraZeneca. The grant is intended to help schools and community groups implement programs or actions that will help address health concerns for youth in their community or areas.Grants offered will range from $250 to $10,000 or more depending on the initiative and funds requested.

“We know that schools and communities want to help address some of the health concerns or challenges that exist, but extra funds are helpful to target the challenges realized from the student feedback,” said Dr. Jon Tonita, SAYCW Co-chair and Vice President of Population Health, Quality and Research at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.“Having a grant available offers an opportunity for individuals, schools or communities to put programs and actions into place.”

Applications will be accepted from September 6 until midnight on November 16, 2016. While anyone can submit an application the action or initiative must help address health issues in youth that are related to the SAYCW Youth Health Survey that was conducted last year. The survey focused on a variety of topics and health factors including, dental health, sun and UV exposure, food, physical activity, screen time, sleep, suicide and self-harm, substance abuse, feelings, safety, and sexual health.

“We all want the same result, which is healthy youth,” saidRob Currie, SAYCW Co-chair and Assistant Deputy Minister of Education.“And I encourage individuals, schools, parents, and organizations to work togetherin developing a project and applying for the Healthy Schools and Communities Grant.No matter the size ofthe initiative, I believe it’s one way to make a difference for youth.”

Applications and more information about the Healthy Schools and Communities Grant is available at http://saycw.com/resources/school-community-grants/

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For more information, contact
Gladys Wasylenchuk
Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Phone: 639-625-2011
Email: gladys.wasylenchuk@saskcancer.ca

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