The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to have grant funds available for public school districts, including charters, to implement school-based health centers in partnership with community physical health and mental health providers. The Arkansas School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Grant is a competitive application process made possible and supported by the Arkansas Governor and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax created by Arkansas Act 180 of 2009. The funds are to be used to promote health, wellness, and academic achievement in Arkansas public schools.
The SBHC initiative is a collaboration of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) School Health Services Office (SHS), Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS), Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), and Medicaid in The Schools (MITS). School-based health centers provide basic physical, mental, dental or other services as needed. The health center provides services beyond the scope of the school nurse practice and is not intended to replace the school nurse. The intent is for the center to act as a resource center for wellness and prevention.
All Arkansas public school districts including charters schools are eligible to apply, unless the district is a current recipient of school-based health center state funding. Only one school-based health center per district may be funded by the ADE during a five-year funding cycle. Applicants intending to create a new health center on school campus may apply for up to $150,000 for year one funding. The SBHC grant recipients will be eligible to receive an annual distribution of funds for an additional four-year period. Renewal is based on a review of annual progress and appropriation of grant funding. The applying Arkansas public school district must act as the lead grantee and the fiscal agent for the grant funds awarded.
In order to be eligible for the application review process, potential applicants must attend the School-Based Health Center Grant Writing Technical Assistance Training in person at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) Auditorium located at 4815 West Markham Street in Little Rock on January 30, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. ADH visitors will need to check-in with the receptionist at the main entrance. Attendance to this event will act as the district’s intent to apply and deem the district eligible to continue the application process. Pre-registration is not required for this event. The School-Based Health Center Grant Application Packet is attached to this Commissioner’s Memo. Documents Include:
- 2018-2019 School-Based Health Center Grant Guidelines and Application
- 2018-2019 School-Based Health Center Application Scoring Rubric
- ADE Grant Budget and Budget Narrative
- ADE Grant Award Agreement
The original application, three (3) paper copies, and an electronic copy on a flash drive or CD must be received by the ADE no later than 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 14. Late, incomplete, or faxed submissions will not be reviewed.
Send or deliver applications to:
Arkansas Department of Education
Attn: Brittany Rogers, School Health Services,
Four Capital Mall, Mail Slot 14
Little Rock, AR 72201