University of California, Riverside


UCR Healthy Campus Initiative Project Grants

Project Grants

The UCR Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is taking an integrated and comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being at UCR. The initiative invests in improving the health and quality of life of our UCR campus community. Making the healthy choice the easy choice requires changing the surrounding environment and culture to support and sustain positive behavior change.

Vision: To be the model healthy campus, inspiring and infusing health and well-being into all of its facets.

Mission: To create a healthy campus culture and environment through collaboration with campus and community partners on policies, programs, services and initiatives that address all dimensions of wellness along with innovative engagement strategies, making UCR a university of choice.

Project Events

Information Session

Monday, November 6, 2017 | 12:00  – 1:00 p.m. | HUB 367

Come and learn more about the Healthy Campus Project Grants, ask questions, receive assistance and tips to create a successful application.

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UCR HCI is providing an opportunity for the UCR campus community to contribute and support projects related to HCI. The HCI seeks to fund creative, high quality, replicable and sustainable projects that make UCR a healthier campus community. UCR’s HCI’s priorities include:

  • Healthy Eating/Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Mental HealthProject Gr
  • Built Environment
  • Substance Use and Addiction
  • Preventive Health
  • Communications/Marketing
  • Metrics/Quality Improvement

Project grants must be in one of the areas listed above or can span multiple areas.

UCR HCI will be awarding up to 10 grants in the amount range of $500 - $1,500.


  • All UCR faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit a grant application.
  • Applications can be submitted between September 15, 2017 – December 1, 2017 or until funds are available.
  • Only one project grant per applicant will be awarded.


To be considered for HCI funding:

  • Projects must support one of the above HCI priority areas and contribute to a healthy campus environment.
  • Projects must have clearly defined and realistic goals, methodology (who, what, how, when, why) and measurable outcomes.
  • Project must have potential to reach a large audience/wide impact.
  • Projects must demonstrate ability to drive and facilitate culture change, behavior change and/or environmental support.
  •  Projects must be submitted and carried out by UCR faculty and staff. UCR faculty must involve UCR students in the project to enhance their learning experience and exposure to HCI. UCR student applicants must have a faculty mentor to oversee project scope.

Project Grant funds must be used for healthy campus initiatives such as:
  • Health awareness initiatives, health education or health promotion events;
  • Efforts to maximize engagement, including mechanisms to encourage participation in healthy lifestyles;
  • Initiatives to change unhealthy behaviors and promote positive lifestyle choices
  • Supportive environment and culture change efforts
  • Community and public health research

Additional Criteria:

  • Funds may be for a one-time event, an ongoing event, or for purchasing equipment or material for healthy campus initiatives.
  • Funds may be for a pilot research project, including research material, supplies, services, and student research assistance. Funds cannot be used to cover faculty or staff salary, food and beverages, or cash awards.
  •  All projects must be completed within 1 year.

Notification of Funded Projects

All applications are due December 1, 2017 and will be reviewed by the Healthy Campus Initiative Project Grant Review Committee. Notification of funding will be provided by email to the primary contact on the application approximately 2-3 weeks after submission of the application.

Funding Process for Accepted Applications
  • Applicants whose applications are approved for funding will receive the Healthy Campus Initiative commitment for funds and authorization to spend up to the amount specified.
  • Funds will be transferred to the department designated by the applicant to administer the project funding. Funds for student projects will be sent to the designated faculty mentor or organization advisor.
  • Funds for research projects will be dispersed after UCR IRB approval.
  • Unspent funds will be pulled back at the end of the project period.
Conditions for Funding
  • The UCR HCI logo must be included on all marketing and publicity materials (flyers, posters, etc.), communications, and the UCR HCI must be verbally acknowledged at any campus events.
  • A final report is required at the conclusion of the project or funding period. This report must include the project description, implementation, outcomes, participation, successes, budget expenditure report, and project sustainability plans.
  • Photos of the project in action or event(s), etc.
  • Complete a post project evaluation survey to provide feedback on the program.
Application Instructions
  • Answer each question completely and provide a detailed budget.
    (Please note that we will not fund food or beverages, cash awards, or any salaries)
  • Submit your application to
  • Grant Application
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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-2672

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