Wellness@Work Grant Program

In 2018, a new grant program launched through the Wellness@Work initiative to further enhance the physical and psychological health, safety and the quality of life for all faculty and staff. 

In the first year, 39 groups were awarded Wellness@Work grants to launch their wellness program, idea or initiative. The grant program was offered again in 2019 and 44 wellness grant programs are wrapping up for this grant cycle.

We're excited to launch the program again for 2020-2021 applications.

Background

The goal of the initiative is to promote the wellbeing of the whole person, build caring campus environments that are vibrant and inclusive, open and respectful, where University members and visitors alike know they are valued and working together to build healthier communities.

The Wellness@Work Grant Program encourages faculty and staff across all campuses and research stations at the University of Guelph to help promote wellness in their workplace through the implementation of a tailored health‐promoting program, approach or idea in their workplace.


Grant Opportunities

You play a key role in fostering a healthy campus community. This initiative provides an opportunity to be innovative as you test out a new healthy workplace idea in your department.

When the grant program is open for applications, departments/groups can apply for a seed grant (up to a maximum of $3000, one time) for their initiative. The number of grants available will be dependent on the number of applications received and the amount distributed for each successful grant.

Departments/groups are encouraged to collaborate with other groups to submit a joint application. In the application review process, selected applications with similar goals or ideas may be matched to collaborate on their workplace wellness idea.


Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by a sub‐committee of the Wellness@Work Advisory Committee. Programming and ideas must fit within one or more of the following three priority elements of the Wellness@Work Initiative:

  • healthy lifestyle
  • mental health and workplace culture and/or
  • organizational social responsibility.


Approved and Non-Approved Costs

Expenses related to physical changes to your workspace or safety equipment for your team do not fall within the scope of this grant program. 

Please review the application form and FAQ document for further details on the grant program with a more detailed list of approved and non-approved items.

Departments are responsible for the up-front cost of the grant program and are only reimbursed their approved amount at the end of the grant program.  


Important Considerations with COVID-19

Due to COVI9-19, many social activities are now be limited and physical distancing measures enforced.  This year, we ask you to get creative in how you might bring people together for a wellness activity, recognizing that we are likely not able to gather in large groups in the coming months.

Grant programs must reflect current health and safety measures to protect the well-being of all employees participating.  The University is no longer accepting applications for grant programs that run off-campus in a community location; however, virtual activities that can be joined remotely are encouraged.


Grant Program Ideas

Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few ideas that your team might be interested in exploring:

  • Explore an outdoor workshop option from the Arboretum.
  • Hire a webinar speaker or workshop host to lead your team in a discussion about resilience, mental health, self-care, self-compassion, or another wellness topic of interest.
  • Engage an instructor to lead an online workshop or activity related to mindfulness or participate in a Zentangle workshop.
  • Hire a chef or dietician to share healthy eating tips and tricks.
  • Host a virtual artistic workshop with a facilitator to provide a safe space to be creative.
  • Hire an Athletics instructor to lead your group in a virtual yoga, meditation, or fitness class.
  • Do a virtual team building session with The Making Box.


Learn More

Please review below the attached application form and FAQ document for further details on the Grant Program and Wellness@Work.

When the grant program is open for applications, there are typically two in-person sessions for interested applicants to learn more and ask questions. The information sessions are scheduled for:

  • February 25th, 12-1pm  
  • March 9th, 10-11am 


Application Process

The grant program for 2020-2021 is now open for applications. Applicants must read the attached grant program overview, complete the application form with a signature from the department's AVP or Dean, and submit to sjoosse@uoguelph.ca.


The deadline for 2020-2021 grant applications has been extended to June 30, 2020.


Thank you to the University of British Columbia for generously sharing materials and information from their Healthy Workplace Initiative Fund, which has inspired the Wellness@Work Grant Program.