Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), School Health Services office
is pleased to announce the 2021 Arkansas AWARE Advancement School 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. Existing Arkansas AWARE designated sites may not apply.
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. (https://theshapesystem.com/).
The Bronze Level SHAPE Certificate of Completion should be included with the
application packet submission.
The 2021 Arkansas AWARE Advancement School 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 serve basis.
Districts should submit completed applications as a single PDF file to Elizabeth.Kindall@arkansas.gov. Applications will be
accepted through Friday, January 15, 2021, or until funds are depleted.
online technical assistance grant writing webinar will be held on Monday, December
14th at 10 a.m. via the following Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/97403363612. Registration for this
event is not required.