Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Arkansas AWARE Mini-Grant Opportunity

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), School Health Services office is pleased to announce the 2022 Arkansas AWARE Mini-Grant Project Request for Applications (RFA). The Arkansas AWARE program is intended to support public schools with the implementation of direct mental health services, mental health awareness, and trauma-informed practices. This special grant opportunity is supported with funding provided to DESE through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) RFA-SM-18-006 AWARE (Advancing Wellness And Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grant.  

All Arkansas public school districts are eligible to apply for grant funding up to $10,000 to provide direct mental health services, promote school mental health awareness, or implement trauma informed programming.

As a requirement of the application process, districts must complete the Bronze Level School Mental Health Profile within the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) system. The district will need to create a district level login and complete the following sections of the School Mental Health Profile: Students Served and Data Systems, Staffing, and Services and Supports. ( The Bronze Level SHAPE Certificate of Completion should be included with the application packet submission.

The 2022 Arkansas AWARE Mini-Grant Project guidelines, application template, and budget narrative forms are attached to this commissioner’s memo. Applications will be awarded based on technical merit on a first come, first served basis.

Districts should submit completed applications as a single PDF file to Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, December 1, 2021, or until funds are depleted.  

An online technical assistance grant writing webinar will be held on Thursday, November 4th at 11 a.m. via the following Zoom link: . Registration for this event is not required.

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