**Due to inclement weather and utility outages, the School Health Services office has rescheduled the School-based Health Center (SBHC) Grant Writing Technical Assistance virtual meeting to take place on March 3rd at 10:00 a.m. School districts interested in writing for the 2021-2022 SBHC Grant must have a representative attend this meeting to be eligible to apply for funds. Pre-registration is not required. Updated zoom link is below.
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 health providers.
The Arkansas School-Based Health Center (SBHC) Grant is a competitive
funding opportunity made possible and supported by the Arkansas Public School Fund. The school-based health center program is intended to promote health,
wellness, and academic achievement in Arkansas public schools.
School-based health centers give access to basic physical, mental, dental, or other services, as needed. These centers are not not intended to replace the school nurse, and provide services beyond the scope of school nurse
practice. School-based health centers support wellness and prevention for
public school students and staff.
All Arkansas public school
districts are eligible to apply for a grant, with the exception of districts currently
receiving SBHC funding.* Applicants intending to create a new health center on a
school campus may apply for up to $150,000 in funding for Year-One.
SBHC grant recipients will be eligible to receive an annual distribution of
funds for a three-year period, with funds decreasing each subsequent year. Renewal is based on a review of annual progress and
appropriation of funding. The applying Arkansas public school district
must act as the lead grantee and fiscal agent for the grant funds awarded.
Districts intending to apply
for the 2021-2022 SBHC Grant must have a representative attend the SBHC Grant
Writing Technical Assistance Training via zoom scheduled on Wednesday, March 3, 2021,
from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Use the following link to join the
Technical Assistance Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 920 3750 0606
Attending this event will act as a notice of intent to apply and deem the district
eligible to continue the application process.
Pre-registration is not required for the event.
Districts should submit applications as a single PDF file attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The email subject line should
reference the “2021-2022 SBHC Grant Application”. Applications will be accepted
through Thursday, April 15, 2021.
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.
*Districts in their last year of an existing SBHC grant ending June 30, 2021 may apply for a new SBHC grant.