NSTU Group Insurance Trustees
Mental Health and Wellness Grant

The NSTU Group Insurance Trustees, with support from Johnson Incorporated, have established a new grant for members to support innovative initiatives that promote the mental health and well-being of children and youth in the schools/campuses across Nova Scotia.

The deadline for applications is January 31st. Detailed information is provided; however, if you have any questions please contact the Trustee in your geographic area.

Click here to download the Application Form  (English / French) / Budget Sheet.

Information Sheet


The NSTU Group Insurance Trustees with support from Johnson Incorporated will fund projects that support (1) mental health and well-being of children and youth in the schools/campuses across Nova Scotia, programs in classrooms, schools/campuses or communities for children and youth. The Mental Health and Wellness Grant was established to support innovative initiatives that promote the well-being of our youth and children in coping with the pressures of growing up.


To be eligible, the individual must be an active member of the NSTU at the time of application. Active members are persons described by Section 12 of the Teaching Profession Act and Article I (2) of the By-Laws of the NSTU.

Application Process:

Applications must address all items, in sequence, on the most recent form. Typed applications are preferred. The application form may be obtained from the Registered Nurse (nurse@nstu.ca), at the NSTU office or on the NSTU website.

Do not use acronyms without clarification. Applications need to be received prior to the event.

Selection Process:

The NSTU Group Insurance Trustees will be awarding grants once a year. The criteria will include the project description, innovation and creativity, impact on students, materials and budget and overall impression.


Applications, including those faxed, must be received by the Registered Nurse on/or before 4:00 pm on January 31st.


Funds will be awarded upon receipt of:

a) a typed summary report of the project to be housed at the NSTU; and

b) a final report showing disbursements and receipts.

Click here to dowload the Information Sheet. (English / French)



Score of 5

Score 3 -4

1 or 2


Objectives Addressed

There are multiple, clear, specific objectives listed that relate to the mental health and well-being of children and youth.

One or two general objectives are listed.

The objectives are vague or unclear. It is not easy to understand how the mental health and well-being of students are being address.

No objectives listed.

Project Description

Proposed project is clear with strong evidence of careful planning, thought, and research.

Proposed project is general and requires further thought, but it is still a good project that can be understood.

Proposed project needs clarity and further planning. Still, it is possible to understand what the project is.

Very unclear project and lacks planning and research.

Innovation and creativity

A new project never heard before, original ideas.

An engaging and interesting idea presented.

A good idea but not original.

Heard this before. Not creative, not original.

Impact on Students

Students of multi grade / subjects / classes

Whole school or grade level.

4-students of more than one class period or homeroom

3-students in one homeroom.

Small groups of students

Individual students.


Evaluation of the project

There are multiple measures for documenting and evaluating the student learning. Student learning is showcased in a culminating project or event.

There is a clear method for documenting student learning and success of the grant.

The evaluation process seems unclear or needs further thought and planning. Evidence does not seem to support true evaluation of the grants’ success.

There is no clear way to determine how students will grow / benefit from this project.

Materials/ Budget

Budget outlines in detail how the money will be spent including where the funds are going, prices, quantity of materials purchased, titles of specific materials and shipping.

Budget gives information about what is purchased, from where and how much, but lacks specifics.

Budget is generally defined and missing specific information.

Budget clearly lacks thought and planning.

Overall Impression/ Rank the grant

Excellent proposal; should be funded.

4 – Very good proposal; deserves funding

3 – Good proposal; could be funded if funds are available.

Good proposal but should be funded from other sources.

Proposal does not meet guidelines.

Click here to dowload the Rubric. (English / French)