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FAQs

Listed below are answers to commonly asked questions about the YourLife Wellness Grants program. If you have a question that is not answered below, please contact yourlifewellness@northwestern.edu with your question(s).

Are certain types of activities prioritized (i.e. team/workplace wellness)?

No. We encourage you to submit applications based on the needs that are best suited for your school, department, or unit.

Can more than one person from my department submit a grant application?

Yes.

How long does it take to find out whether my grant application was accepted for funding?

Notifications are typically provided two to three weeks after the application period has closed. Final notification varies each quarter. Please visit Wellness Grants and review the “Timeline” section.

How many grants will be awarded?

A total of $2000 is available to fund grants each quarter. The number of grants awarded will vary based on the number of applications and request amounts.

If my department is awarded a grant, can we apply again the next quarter?

No, there is a 1-year waiting period to reapply (i.e. if funded in summer 2020, you will be eligible to apply in summer 2021).

If we are awarded a grant, how long will it take to receive the funds?

Once notified of approval of your grant application, you will be provided with purchasing procedures and can proceed spending the funds.

If we are not awarded a grant but wish to create a wellness space, do we need to consult with YourLife prior to doing so?

No. However if you would like guidance or best practice tips, you are welcome to contact wellbeing@northwestern.edu.

If we ask for fitness or similar equipment, do we get to keep it when the grant period ends?

Yes. If for any reason your school, department or unit becomes unable to house the equipment, please contact wellbeing@northwestern.edu, as the equipment can be donated to another school, department or unit.

If we don’t use the entire amount of the grant, can we use the remaining amount in the future?

No. Any leftover monies will go back into the Wellness Grants program fund.

Is there an in-person interview as well as the written application?

No. The online application is the only requirement, however you may be contacted if any clarifying information is required. The follow-up discussion may take place via phone or video call.

What happens if my application is not accepted? Can I reapply next quarter?

You will be notified if you application is not accepted. Yes, you can reapply the following quarter.

What’s the difference between a wellness room and break room?

A wellness room is specifically for wellness purposes, such as meditation or physical activity. Food is not to be allowed in a wellness room, unless for a specified wellness activity or event.

Who can submit a grant application?

Any part-time or full-time faculty or staff member.

Who reviews the application?

The Well-being Specialist and a sub-committee from the Wellness Champions committee.

Will YourLife signage be provided to identify the space? For example: ‘This wellness room was funded by YourLife’.

Yes. The cost for signage will not be deducted from awarded grant monies.