Student Wellness Grants

Fall 2020: Please note that grants are currently in hiatus.

All Yale University students and student groups are invited to submit grant applications for programs and events that further Yale Well’s goal to foster an environment where wellness is values and intentionally embraced by students. The project should seek to address at least one of eight areas of wellness – move well, eat well, mind well, rest well, love well, seek well, work well, and save well.

All grant applications are due by one of three deadlines: October 2, 2019, December 4, 2019, and February 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. All budgets and other supporting materials submitted as part of the grant application must be as accurate as possible. The grants will be evaluated by the Yale Well grants committee, which includes students. Please note that if your grant is accepted, you will be required to submit a brief final report upon completion of the project.

To apply, visit Yale Connect.


  • Grants will only be awarded for events that comply with University Regulations, including alcohol policy.
  • Though you may choose to allocate resources differently, no additional funding will be granted for expenses not previously outlined in grant application budget.
  • All funds must be utilized by the end of the spring 2020 semester. Any student or group who wishes to carry a grant allocation over into fall 2020 must submit a request to no later than March 15, 2020.
  • Activities including the hiring of vendors, instructors, or transportation services may require consultation with the Office of Risk Management (ORM). It is the applicant’s responsibility to communicate with ORM.
  • Grant recipients are advised to submit receipts as soon as possible after the event, but no later than the final day of the semester in which the event took place.
  • All grant recipients must submit a brief report upon completion of their project, no later than May 2020.  This should include a narrative description of the project, the number of participants, an assessment of the its success or otherwise, and artwork or publicity materials used for the event, together with any photographs.

Successful applications will:

  • Offer specific details about the programming proposed and why it should be funded
  • Be focused on Yale students
  • Articulate how and why the target audience would engage with the programming, including the potential benefit to participants
  • Clearly define the goals and projected outcomes of the project, ensuring they align with the larger mission of Yale Well 
  • Ensure the programming is feasible and can be carried out independently
  • Clearly outline the proposed budget, highlighting how funds will benefit the programming
  • Outline a very clear and appropriate communications plan of how the project will be shared with a target audience
  • Share if seeking funding from other sources

If you have any questions about applications, you may contact Valentina Guerrero.

The Yale Well grants committee is open to a diverse range of activities and projects. Below are a few approved grants from previous grant application cycles.

Bonsai Tree Workshops

Students offer small workshops for their peers to learn about the cultivation of Bonsai Trees. This project encourages students to take a break from their schedules and focus on mindful tasks that provide opportunities for relaxation, creativity, reflection, and spiritual well-being.

Trans Community Lunch

Monthly lunches for members of the Yale and New Haven trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming communities.

Yale POC Meditation and Healing Space

These weekly workshops introduce topics and skillsets that specifically increase self-awareness, compassion, and resilience within the Yale communities of color.

Self-care Through Earth-care

In partnership with the Yale Community Forest Garden, this project teaches thoughtful landscaping and community events around campus landscape and key native medicinal and edible plants so that students can engage with the garden to benefit their health and well-being.

Compassion in Action

This project was a five-part series on expressing and exploring the essence of compassion to help students reconnect with themselves, maintain healthy interactions with the world around them, and develop resilience in the face of the stressful situations by exploring inner peace and purpose. These workshops included discussions on compassion and nature, creative projects, and local service opportunities.

Guidance for Receiving Funds

Successful applicants will receive a message from Kelley Brown-Gallant, indicating that they can now pick up a Petty Cash Quick Voucher. In order to obtain the voucher, students should go to 2 Whitney Grove Square with an ID and their original receipts. Students will then be directed to the Cashier at the Treasury window on the first floor to receive their cash immediately. Please note that the treasury window is open from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.