By Marissa Ventura
To support the wellbeing of the UCSF community, the University is again offering grants for projects that promote various forms of wellness – whether emotional, physical, social, financial, professional, environmental or spiritual.
Grants are open to faculty, staff and learners from all UCSF campuses and affiliates who may apply for the funds from Sept. 19 through Sept. 30, 2022. The total amount of funds available for this program this fiscal year has increased to $100,000, which will be allocated to successful applicants for multiple projects.
Launched last year, this program is led by the UCSF Wellbeing Committee under the direction of Wellness and Community, a division of Campus Life Services. The UCSF Wellbeing Committee, comprising a cross-section of campus and UCSF Health representatives, will review the proposals and will base its decisions on the proposed impact of projects.
Applications will be evaluated based on the anticipated level of impact in the following key areas:
• Connecting to our pillars of wellness
• Creating a culture of wellness and supporting wellbeing at UCSF
• Promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UCSF in a substantial and meaningful way
“Last year, we received more than 300 applications and selected nine proposals as grantees, including projects for Black Healing Night for Residents & Fellows, the First-Generation Book Collective and the See Us Portrait Project – to name a few,” says Kathleen Yumul, Wellness Program Manager, Wellness and Community, Campus Life Services. “We are hoping to build on this momentum and continue to make strides in promoting a culture of wellbeing across the University.”
Wellness and Community staff will provide the funding and basic project guidance while the grantees will serve as the project leads. Successful applicants will be notified by November 2022. Once selected, grantees will be asked for a more detailed proposal, budget, and/or additional support materials before moving forward with the project. All wellbeing projects must be completed by June 30, 2023.
Given the dynamic situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, modifications may be needed at the time of project implementation, but applicants are encouraged to not let current public health restrictions impact submission ideas.
To apply for this second round of Community Wellbeing Grants and learn more about the last year’s grantees, please visit the Wellness and Community webpage. Questions about the grants may be emailed to [email protected].