The Seeds of Wellness Program | Kent State University

The Seeds of Wellness Program

Kent State of Wellness is pleased to launch Year 2 of the Seeds of Wellness Program! Seeds of Wellness is a mini-grant program that provides investment for programs that reflect Kent State’s investment in health and wellness across the university system. A limited number of mini-grants, up to $1000, will be awarded to fund initiatives that focus on any of the following priority areas:

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Use
  • Mental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Preventive Care
  • Safety
  • Sexual Health
  • Smoking and Tobacco Use

If you have any additional questions, please contact Akanimo Akpan (Graduate Assistant for Kent State of Wellness) at

Who is Eligible?

All registered Kent State University student organizations, academic and university departments, and teams endorsed by a faculty or staff member (i.e. faculty or staff member must serve as project lead). Special consideration is given to collaborative proposals engaging individuals across the University community.

Use of Funds
  1. Individuals will discuss their budget with us and get the budgets cleared
  2. Individuals will run their programs
  3. Individuals will complete our evaluative report
  4. After these steps, individuals will provide us with copies of receipts and coinciding invoices from their departments with the appropriate index numbers
  5. We reimburse the appropriate departments up to $1,000 for the invoices/receipts pertaining to the function of the program

Funds MAY be used for supplies, educational materials, and food (if educational in nature). Funds MAY NOT be used for wages, salaries, food (for entertainment or incentive purposes), conference attendance, travel, speaker reimbursement, or academic funding (i.e. tuition, thesis or dissertation expenses).

Examples of eligible programs/projects include:

  • Establish a student and faculty/staff club (i.e. running, bicycling, gardening, etc.)
  • Redesign building stairwell to promote physical activity
  • Hosting a meditation training for organization or department to promote mental health
Workshop Opportunities

Workshops will be offered, at various Kent State campuses, throughout the semester for individuals to learn more about the Seeds of Wellness Program. Topics at the workshops will include, but are not limited to, purpose of Seeds of Wellness Program, eligibility for funding, etc.

How to Apply

Application is available online at

Key considerations when applying:

  • Provide a description of learning outcomes related to the impact of your proposed program.
  • Describe the process for data collection pre/post program implementation.
  • Outline how your proposed project emphasizes programming and activities that impact health.
  • Provide an itemized budget with clear demarcations of the expenses for your proposal.
  • Proposals should demonstrate impact across all populations within Kent State University. However, if a proposal is focused on a specific population at KSU, please explicitly indicate the need in this population.
Key Dates (Rolling Admission)
  • September 11th, 2017 – Fall Semester Launch
  • October 15th, 2017 – Applications and supporting materials due by 11:59pm (EST) [Fall Semester Deadline]
  • October 30, 2017 – Fall Semester Grantee notification
  • January 22nd, 2018 – Spring Semester Launch
  • March 4th, 2018 - Applications and supporting materials due by 11:59pm (EST) [Spring Semester Priority Deadline]
  • March 19th, 2018 – Spring Semester Grantee notification
  • May 13th, 2018 – Project/program completion deadline and evaluation report due by 11:59pm (EST)
Fall 2017 Awardees
  • Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish: Canning 101
  • Dr. Colleen Novak: CPR Certification Training
  • Dr. Lisa Audet: disHUBility
  • Peter Jeffy: Get Fit Friday
  • Dr. Natalie Caine-Bish: Healthy Eating on a Budget
  • Lisa Morde: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
  • Tracy Motter: Nursing Self-Care Fair
  • Christian Hightower: Relaxation Station
  • Dr. Melissa Zullo: Step Your Way Up
  • Cassie Pegg-Kirby and Alicia Robinson: STIgma
  • Ashley Holt: Time to THRIVE