Plan Member EDUWellness Grants

Below is the project description and Rubric for the proposed “EDUWellness Grants – For Members By Members” which are dedicated to plan members. There will be a total of 10 grants awarded at maximum of $1,500 per grant.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2022. Detailed information is provided; however, if you have any questions please contact the Trustee in your geographic area.

Halifax Region – Jennifer Moriarty – jamoriarty@nstu.ca
Strait Region – Janie Lumsden – jclumsden@nstu.ca
Tri-County/South Shore Region – Roland Hannem – rhhannem@nstu.ca
Chignecto Region – Nancy Doyle – nmdoyle@nstu.ca
Annapolis Region – Karen Nottage – klnottage@nstu.ca
Cape Breton Region – Joël Chiasson – jachiasson@nstu.ca
Staff Liaison Officer – Stacy Samson – stsamson@staff.nstu.ca
Staff Liaison Officer – Kyle Marryatt – kmarryatt@staff.nstu.ca

Information Sheet

Purpose

The NSTU Group Insurance Trustees will fund projects that support the mental health and well-being of plan members across Nova Scotia. The EDUWellness Grants – For Members By Members have been established to support innovative initiatives that promote the well-being of our plan members in an effort to recognize the tremendous work and efforts put in by you every day.

Eligibility

To be eligible, the individual must have a permanent, probationary, or term contract and be a member of the NSTU or PSAANS at the time of application.

Please be advised that all projects must comply with Public Health Guidelines relating to COVID-19.  These guidelines are subject to change throughout the year which could impact the fulfillment of the project.  If Public Health Guidelines do prevent an awarded grant from being fulfilled, it will be carried into the 2022 school year.

Selection Process

The NSTU Group Insurance Trustees will be awarding 10 grants valued at up to $1,500. A minimum of one grant will be awarded per educational entity (Annapolis Valley, Cape Breton-Victoria, Chignecto-Central, Halifax, South Shore, Strait, Tri-Country, APSEA, and CSAP) with the remaining grants being awarded to those with the highest scores. If there is no grant submitted by one of the above regional centres for education, that allocated grant will be added to the pool of highest scored grants. The criteria will include the project description, innovation and creativity, impacts on plan members, materials and budget and overall impression. Please be advised that not all applications will be awarded grants.

Deadlines

Applications must be submitted on/or before 11:59pm on January 15, 2022. Completed projects are due no later than May 31st.

Reporting

Funds will be awarded no later than June 15th upon receipt of the following:

a) A typed summary report of the project to be housed at the NSTU; and
b) A final report showing disbursements and receipts.

*Please note, all out of pocket expenses related to the application and subsequent project, will be incurred by the member. Expenses will only be reimbursed if the above noted requirements have been met.

The deadline to finalize projects and submit the required documentation and receipts for the 2020 / 2021 school year has been extended to October 29, 2021.

Application Process

Applications must address all items, in sequence, via the online application forms below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Do not use acronyms without clarification. Applications need to be received prior to the event.

Rubric

CriteriaExcellent
(Score of 5)
Good
(Score 3 – 4)
Average
(Score 1 or 2)
Poor
(Score 0)
Objectives AddressedThere are multiple, clear, specific objectives listed that relate to the mental health and well-being of Plan MembersOne or two general objectives are listed.The objectives are vague or unclear. It is not easy to understand how the mental health and well-being of Plan Members are being addressed.No objectives listed.
Project DescriptionProposed project is clear with strong evidence of careful planning, thought, and research.Proposed project is general and requires further thought, but it is still a good project that can be understood.Proposed project needs clarity and further planning. Still, it is possible to understand what the project is.Very unclear project and lacks planning and research.
Innovation and CreativityA new project never heard before, original ideas.An engaging and interesting idea presented.A good idea but not original.Heard this before. Not creative, not original.
Impact on Plan Members

Plan Members of multi grade / subjects / classes.


Whole school or grade level.

4-Plan Members of more than one class period or homeroom.


3-Plan Members in one homeroom.

Small groups of Plan Members.


Individual Plan Members.

Unclear.
Evaluation of the ProjectThere are multiple measures for documenting and evaluating the Plan Member well-being. Plan Member well-being is showcased in a culminating project or event.There is a clear method for documenting Plan Member well-being and success of the grant.The evaluation process seems unclear or needs further thought and planning. Evidence does not seem to support true evaluation of the grants’ success.There is no clear way to determine how Plan Members well-being benefit from this project.
Materials/ BudgetBudget outlines in detail how the money will be spent including where the funds are going, prices, quantity of materials purchased, titles of specific materials and shipping.Budget gives information about what is purchased, from where and how much, but lacks specifics.Budget is generally defined and missing specific information.Budget clearly lacks thought and planning.
Overall Impression/ Rank the grantExcellent proposal; should be funded.

4 – Very good proposal; deserves funding.


3 – Good proposal; could be funded if funds are available.

Good proposal but should be funded from other sources.Proposal does not meet guidelines.
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