Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education 2024-2025 School-Based Health Center Request for Applications

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Assistant Superintendent; District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Federal Programs; Principals; Superintendents

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The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for Arkansas public school districts to implement school-based health centers in partnership with community physical health and mental health providers. The Arkansas School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Initiative is a competitive funding opportunity for districts to implement on-campus medical and mental health service partnerships. The Arkansas School-Based Health Center program is intended 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.

All Arkansas public school districts intending to establish, expand, or enhance access to provider services are eligible to apply for grant funding up to $150,000. One SBHC per district may be funded by the DESE during the current funding cycle. 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. The applying school district must act as the lead grantee and the fiscal agent for the grant funds awarded.

To be eligible for the 2024-2025 SBHC funding cycle, districts must have a representative attend the in-person SBHC Grant Writing Technical Assistance Training scheduled on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Extension Office located at 2301 South University Ave, Little Rock, AR. Use the following link to register in advance: Grant Writing Technical Assistance Registration Link (NOTE: Pre-Registration is required). Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email. Attending this event will act as a notice of intent to apply and deem the district eligible to continue the application process.  In the event the inclement weather policy is implemented for the Little Rock area on February 6, 2024, the event will occur on the alternate date of Monday, February 12, 2024.

Districts should submit applications as a single PDF file attachment to The email subject line should reference the “2024-2025 SBHC Grant Application”. Applications will be accepted through Monday, April 1, 2024.

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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