Wellness Ambassador Mini-Grants

Mini Grants are offered once per year. Apply for up to $500 to support health and well-being in your department! 

Preview the application questions in this PDF document.

> Review the Frequently Asked Questions.

All Wellness Ambassadors who want to apply for a mini-grant must first:

  1. Complete the Healthy Department Certification. If you have been granted "striving for certified healthy," "certified healthy," or "gold certified healthy" in the last three years, you will not need to complete this certification process again for FY 2024.
  2. Conduct a Needs Assessment within the last year. A sample assessment can be found here. You can email this fillable version to your colleagues or you can use some or all of this sample assessment to create your own via Survey Monkey, Qualtrics, or another tool that works for your department. 
  3. Speak with department Account Manager/Business Office to confirm that the purchasing process outlined through this link is feasible. If awarded a grant, this person will be included on all mini grant communication.

Grant application period open: May 6 – 24, 2024
Awarded by: June 28, 2024
Funds must be spent by: Friday May 23, 2025

The FY 2024-25 mini grant application period has ended. Please check back next Spring.
FY 2023-24 Grant Awardees: 

Once mini grant activities have been completed, please submit an Outcome Report detailing how your grant activities went. The report can be completed via this Qualtrics survey

If you have photos from your Mini-Grant activities, please email them to wellbeing@ucdavis.edu or upload them to Box using the link at the end of the Qualtrics survey.

Featured Past Mini-Grants

2024

June 2024 - Escape Room
May 2024 - Succulent Plant Workshop
April 2024 - Pottery Studio
March 2024 - Adirondack Chairs
February 2024 - Forest Painting
January 2024 - DIY Mini Terrarium Workshop

2023
December 2023 - Outdoor Challenge, Walker Tracker EMERGE Team, and Wellness Bingo
November 2023 - Fire Safety, Paint by Numbers, and Spring Movement Challenge
October 2023 - Team Activity Challenge: Escape Room
September 2023 - Indoor Plant Workshop
Summer 2023 - Tie-Dye Wellness Event
June 2023 - Monthly Crafting Activities
May 2023 - Team Activity Challenge
April 2023 - Physical Activity Challenge
March 2023 - Succulent Container Building Activity
February 2023 - Cooking, Planting, and Painting Wellness Day
January 2023 - Physical Activity Incentive Program

2022
December 2022 - Monthly Wellness Morning Reports
November 2022 - Succulent Planting and DIY Body Scrubs
October 2022 - Three Week Meal Prep Challenge
September 2022 - Physical, Nutritional, and Emotional Health and Well-being Challenge
Summer 2022 - Wellness Carts
June 2022 - Water Tracker Challenge
May 2022 - Wellness Space
April 2022 - Yoga Initiative
March 2022 - Gratitude Challenge
February 2022 - Virtual Yoga
January 2022 - Desk Plants and Challenge Prizes

2021
December 2021 - Paint Night and Indoor/Outdoor Games
November 2021 - Be Active! Virtual Challenge
October 2021 - Virtual Paint Night
September 2021 - Picnic Blankets and Yoga Mats
Summer 2021 - Walking Challenges and Progress Map
June 2021- Exercise Equipment and Monthly Wellness Challenges
May 2021 - Department Bike and More
April 2021 - Vitamix and Smoothie Recipes Sharing
March 2021 - Healthy Eating and Keep Moving: Recipe Book & Activity Challenge
February 2021 - Six Free Yoga Sessions
January 2021 - 45-day Spring Step Challenge

2020
December 2020 - Coloring & Meditation Event and Air Plant Gardening Class
November 2020 - Revitalizing Space and Light Saber Tai Chi Classes
October 2020 - Exercise Equipment and Facilitated Group Circuit Classes
September 2020 - Zen Den Garden Supplies
Summer 2020 - Healthy Recipe Book and Activity Challenge
March 2020 - Activity and Water Challenge
February 2020 - 15 Minute Movement Breaks and Succulent Planting Event
January 2020 - Stretch Breaks and Succulent Planting Classes 

2019
Summer 2019 - Department Vitamix
June 2019 - 8-week Wellness Challenge
May 2019 - In-house Health and Wellness Equipment Rental Program
April 2019 - Make Your Own Zen Garden
March 2019 - Department Bicycle
February 2019 - Group Exercise and Painting Sessions
January 2019 - Team Fitness Classes

2018
December 2018 - Zen Den
November 2018 - Weight Room Improvements
October 2018 - Monthly Wellness Challenge Series
September 2018 - Hydration Tracker Water Bottles
Summer 2018 - Bike Share
June 2018 - Fitness Activity Equipment
May 2018 - Wellness Library
April 2018 - Exercise Equipment
March 2018 - Wellness Workshop
February 2018 - Breath and Balance Workshop
January 2018 - Mini Fridge

2017
December 2017 - Planting Day 
November 2017 - Yoga Mats
October 2017 - Bike Share
September 2017 - Public Health Sciences 45-Day Challenge