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Grant Alert (due 6/26/12): School-Based Health Care Program

Posted by Katie Adams on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 @ 12:06 PM

Looking for school-based health center funding? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), under the Bureau of Primary Care, has recently released the opening of their grant competition for the School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program. HRSA has allocated an estimated $75 million for this program and expects to make around 150 SBHCC awards this year. The funding period for the grant program is 2 years, and applicants can request up to $500,000.

school based health clinic resized 600Eligible applicants are school-based health centers (SBHC) or sponsoring facilities of a SBHC that can demonstrate financial need in order to improve or expand services.  Sponsoring facilities include hospitals, public health departments, community health centers, nonprofit health agencies, local education entities, or a program administered through the Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization.

Funds can be requested to purchase equipment, including mobile vans to expand health care access and services, alterations and renovations to an existing facility or equipment, and/or construction for new facility or to expand a current facility. Strong proposals will demonstrate how the proposed project will improve health care access for children at a SBHC. Eligible SBHC applicants are:

  • Located in or near a school facility of a school district or board, or of an Indian tribe or tribal organization;
  • Organized through school, community, and health provider relationships;
  • Administered by a sponsoring facility;
  • Provide primary health services to children through health care professionals in accordance with State and local laws, including laws relating to licensure and certification;
  • Able to satisfy any other requirements the state may have for such clinics.

Application deadline is June 26, 2012, with grant awards expected in December 2013.

You can view the full grant announcement and other important details at the HRSA website here.

Want to learn more? Talk to a Grant Helper. Initial consultations are free. 

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COPS Secure Our Schools Grant Will Not Be Offered in 2012.

Posted by Katie Adams on Wed, May 9, 2012 @ 15:05 PM

grants for school safety COPS resized 600We’ve received word from the Department of Justice that the COPS Secure Our Schools grant program will not be offered this spring.  The COPS Secure Our Schools grant provides federal funding to police departments to partner with local schools to improve school safety.  In addition to security assessments, COPS grants can be used to purchase security equipment, including security cameras and two way radios.

In recent history, grant funding for school security has become scarcer.  We’re hopeful that the COPS Secure Our Schools program will be revived next year.  In the meantime, schools should contact their state Department of Education to inquire about alternative funding sources for safety needs.  Local community foundations can also be a strong resource for educational funding needs.

There are other resources for education funding, however.  One program of note that opened recently is the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Grant, which provides federal funding to increase the number of counselors in schools.  Eligible applicants can request up to $400,000 per year for three years to fund staff additions and counseling programs, and in the past, average award sizes have been around $350,000.  The deadline to proposals is May 25th, 2012.  Competition is stiff.  According to Department of Education staff, between 400 and 500 grant applications are received each time a notice is posted, and 40-50 grants are awarded.  If your school is interested in learning more about the Counseling grant, contact a Grant Helper today for a free consultation and quote.

Topics: grant services, RFP alert, school safety, grant strategy

Grant Opportunity: COPS Grant Provides Funding for School Safety

Posted by Katie Adams on Tue, May 3, 2011 @ 11:05 AM

Update: The COPS Secure Our Schools 2011 grant program is now closed. Still looking for grant funding? Contact a grant helper.

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The Department of Justice has just released the 2011 grant guidelines for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Secure our Schools grants. The COPS Secure our Schools grant will provide an estimated $13 million in federal grant funding to applicant schools, and the grants will cover up to 50% of the cost of a school safety initiative. Acceptable projects include: 

  • The purchasing and installation of deterrent measures, such as metal detectors, alarm systems, or outdoor lighting on school property
  • Security and safety training for school staff
  • An anti-violence initiative
  • A security assessment
  • Coordination with local law enforcement

Schools apply in conjunction with their local law enforcement, and applicants are required to provide a 50% local cash match to cover the non-federal half of the project funding. Other COPS Secure our Schools grant information:

  • Applicants must address how their project fulfills the three primary elements of community policing: 1.) community partnerships, 2.) problem solving, and 3.) organizational transformation. 
  • Applicant schools must have completed a security assessment within the past three years, or plan to complete one during the funding period of the grant.
  • Applicants are required to gather input on their proposed project from other related professionals, in addition to local law enforcement. Suggested professionals include school violence researches, child psychologists, social workers, teachers, principals and other school personnel. 

In 2010, a total of 167 COPS Secure Our Schools grants were awarded, ranging from $1,200 to $499,286 - coming in at just under $16 million in federal grant funding.  

The school safety grant applications will be accepted starting on May 2nd, 2011, with two deadlines. Schools wishing to be given priority consideration for their grant proposals are advised to apply by the May 25th deadline. The final deadline for this school safety-related grant will be June 8th, 2011.

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Want to learn more? Talk to a Grant Helper, or download our free overview and assessment tool and find out if the COPS Secure our Schools grant is a good opportunity for your school district.

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Topics: REMS, RFP alert, school safety