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Highmark Foundation Now Accepting Applications for 2021-2022 School Grant and Awards Program

Application deadline: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

The Highmark Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 School Grant and Awards Program. The goal of the program is to create healthier school environments that experience positive, sustainable, and lasting change through comprehensive strategies. The School Grants and Awards Program has a new look and feel with some changes that are intended to make it easier for schools to apply for the grants and implement the programs.

Public, private, parochial and charter schools, and vocational high schools throughout West Virginia and Pennsylvania (excluding Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) are invited to apply.

The School Grant Program funding supports evidence-based programs that address the following priority areas: positive school climates (formerly bullying prevention), environmental health, healthy eating and physical activity, and school based health. Schools are eligible for grants up $7,500.

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Welcome to the Highmark Foundation Grants
Positive School Climate
Environmental Health
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity
School-Based Health

Now entering its ninth year, the Highmark Foundation's School Grant and Awards Program has provided more than $2.96 million of support to schools in communities served by Highmark Inc. in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Grant Application


Bullying Prevention Research Symposium Proceedings Paper

Convened by the Center for Safe Schools and the Highmark Foundation, the Bullying Prevention Research Symposium was held in April 2018 to engage stakeholders in reflecting on progress made in Pennsylvania's bullying prevention efforts during the past decade. Representatives from the education, health care and justice sectors, policy-makers, researchers, prevention program providers and grant-makers reviewed recent developments in the field and identified priorities for the future. This proceedings paper summarizes the workgroup discussions, common themes and identifies seven recommendations for advancing bullying prevention in the commonwealth.

Download the Proceedings Paper


Cumberland Valley School District's It Takes One (ITO) Club Featured on Cyberbullying Research Center Site

Geraldine Johnson, OBPP Trainer and Behavior Support Specialist at Cumberland Valley School District, continues to work with students to make a difference in bullying prevention at her school.  With the development of the high school’s ITO club and diligent work in educating students, staff and parents in the area of bullying prevention, Geraldine continues to make a huge difference in the lives of children. More


U.S. Department of Education Released Additional Information On Schools’ Responsibilities To Address Bullying

The U.S. Ed. advances nine evidence-based practices. These are consistent with many practices recommended by OBPP and supported by research.

The Center for Safe Schools recommends that you use these recommendations to guide your work with any school that is not engaged in OBPP. For schools engaged in OBPP, we recommend that you encourage fidelity to the OBPP  model and adhere to U.S. Ed’.s recommendations regarding parent notification.   

Effective Evidence-Based Practices for Preventing and Addressing Bullying
OSERS Guidance Letter


PA Proclaims October as Bullying Prevention Month

Go to the Bullying Prevention Toolkit


BP Research Briefs