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Grants to Arkansas School Districts to Establish School-Based Health Facilities

Arkansas School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Initiative

GrantWatch ID# 140983
Agency: State

Funding Source
Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) - Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Funding or PIN Number: Memo Number LS-23-039
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Geographic Focus
USA: Arkansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Arkansas public school districts to develop and implement school-based health programs in collaboration with community health and mental health providers. Applicants must attend an information and training session prior to applying. Funding is intended for on-campus medical and mental health service partnerships. The goal of the grant program is to promote health, wellness, and academic achievement in Arkansas public schools.

School-based health centers provide access to basic physical, mental, dental, or other services, as needed. The health center provides services beyond the scope of the school nurse practice and, therefore, is not intended to replace the school nurse. The intent of the center is to act as a resource for wellness and prevention for public school students and staff.

For additional implementation requirements and other requirements, see:

For information about the use of funds, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Arkansas public school districts may apply.

Priority points will be awarded to applicants serving a student population low-income rate of 80% or greater according to 2021-2022 data presented on the My School Info website related to the target LEA.

Examples of non-allowable expenditures
- District/school expenses, not directly or clearly related to CSH and the SBHC
- Entertainment (amusement, diversion, social activities)
- Motorized or battery-powered vehicles
- Gift cards
- Lobbying
- Travel expenses for individuals not directly related to SBHC
- Grant writing services
- Seasonal holiday décor
- Landscaping
- Expenses occurring prior to grant award

Pre-Proposal Conference
To be eligible for the 2023-2024 SBHC funding cycle, districts must have a representative attend the SBHC Grant Writing Technical Assistance Training via zoom scheduled on Monday, February 13, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Registration is required for this event. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Attending this event will act as a notice of intent to apply and deem the district eligible to continue the application process.

Use this link to register:

Pre-Application Information
Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 31, 2023.

One SBHC per district may be funded by the DESE during a current funding cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $150,000 for year-one funding

Term of Contract
Grant recipients will be eligible to receive an annual distribution of funds for a three-year funding period. Annual renewal is based on a review of implementation progress and appropriation of state funding.

Contact Information
Submit applications to, with the subject line, “2023-2024 SBHC Grant Application.”

Primary Contact:
Jerri Clark

Secondary contacts:
Cheria McDonald

Dana Bennett

For questions regarding the School-Based Health Center Program or other school health programming, please contact the DESE School Health Services Office at 501-683-3604.

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