Mini-grants

The HealthPoint Wellness Program is hosting mini-grants. The goal of these mini-grants is to improve the health and quality of life of UT Austin faculty and staff by allowing departments to apply for funds to offer a wellness initiative within their department or building.

Wellness Mini-Grants

The purpose of the HealthPoint Wellness Mini-grants is to provide requesting departments with funds not to exceed $1,500 to be used to support health initiatives within the requesting department for faculty and staff. Initiatives should aim to promote healthy behaviors or to change unhealthy behaviors. Funded requests will demonstrate the ability to promote health in the workplace, such as through healthy eating, healthy lifestyle choices, increased physical activity, or reduced stress. HealthPoint aims to fund items or projects that will last beyond the life of the funding. For example, if exercise equipment is purchased, it will stay with the department for years to come, not just this fall semester. We will not fund chair massages, treadmill desks, food, or retreats.

Example requests include, but are not limited to, shared standing workstations, AED/CPR training, tranquility room resources, and yoga, meditation or exercise equipment, etc.  Two examples from last year included one department that purchased a ping pong table and basketball goal and another department that created an outdoor seating area by purchasing a picnic table and plants.

If your department has received a mini-grant in the past, you are not eligible this year. This funding comes from UT Select and must be used for faculty and staff with UT Select health insurance.

The HealthPoint Wellness Program funds RecSports instructors to teach classes within departments. Before applying for a fitness instructor, please consult with the HealthPoint Wellness Program. In addition, accent walls and stairwell improvements can be requested by contacting the HealthPoint Wellness Program.

Important Dates

  • Applications are due by July 24, 2018.
  • Applicants will be notified by August 3, 2018 if their application was awarded.

Application

Please complete the appropriate application and return to Healthpoint.wellness@austin.utexas.edu by Tuesday, July 24, 2018. For a Microsoft Word form that can be filled in electronically, please email Healthpoint.wellness@austin.utexas.edu.

Requirements

Participation in wellness programs must be voluntary for faculty and staff and have no bearing on performance evaluation or benefits. The wellness initiative cannot be advertised by leadership in a way that makes employees feel like their performance is evaluated on participating in wellness activities. The University’s purchasing, procurement, and payment procedures must be followed.

This opportunity is made possible through a collaboration with the Living Well: Make it a Priority Program of the University of Texas System, Office of Employee Benefits.