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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: School-Based Health Center Capital Program

Deadline: April 17, 2018

School-Based Health Center Capital (SBHCC) Program awards will increase access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services in operational school-based health centers (SBHCs), by funding minor alteration/renovation (A/R) projects and/or purchase of moveable equipment, including telehealth equipment. Applicants must demonstrate how their proposal will support the provision of effective, efficient, quality health care, and lead to improvements in access to mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services at the SBHC site(s).

Proposals may request funding for up to four minor A/R projects or one equipment-only project and up to three minor A/R projects. The SBHC site(s) for which capital funding is provided under must be currently operational and providing services to patients. Minor A/R and equipment projects are detailed further below.

1. Minor A/R: A minor A/R project is defined as all of the allowable A/R-related activities proposed at a single SBHC site, with a total site-specific project cost that is less than $500,000. Applicants may propose up to four minor A/R projects at four different sites. The total request for SBHCC funding across all proposed projects may not exceed $100,000, and each site-specific total project cost, including other non-SBHCC funding sources, must be less than $500,000 (excluding moveable equipment). Projects may include:

  • Work required to modernize, improve, and/or reconfigure the interior arrangements or other physical characteristics of a facility and/or installation of equipment in an existing facility
  • Purchase of related moveable equipment to be located at the site proposed to be altered/renovated

Note: A minor A/R project may not increase the total square footage of an existing building (e.g., by construction of a building addition) and may not be part of a larger construction project.

2. Equipment-only: An equipment-only project includes the proposed purchase only moveable items with a useful life of more than one year. The unit cost of equipment can be of any value. You may propose one equipment-only project to purchase equipment for any number of operational SBHC sites, alone or in addition to proposed minor A/R project(s). Examples of equipment that you may propose in an equipment-only project include mobile medical vans, telehealth equipment, exercise equipment, health education equipment, laptops, servers, videoconferencing equipment, and scales.

A funding preference will be given to SBHCs that serve a large population of children eligible for medical assistance under the state Medicaid plan under title XIX of the Social Security Act or under a waiver of such plan or children eligible for child health assistance under the state child health plan under title XXI of that Act (42 USC 1397aa et seq.).

Amount: A total of $10,000,000 is available to award up to 100 grants that range up to $100,000 each for the total cost of the project. The project period is two years.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a SBHC or a sponsoring facility of a SBHC applying on behalf of a SBHC.

A SBHC:

  • Is located in or near a school facility of a school district or board, or a school facility of an Indian tribe or tribal organization
  • Is organized through school, community, and health provider relationships
  • Is administered by a sponsoring facility
  • Through health professionals, provides primary health services to children in accordance with state and local law, including laws relating to licensure and certification
  • Satisfies such other requirements as a state may establish for the operation of such a clinic

A sponsoring facility of an SBHC includes any of the following: hospital; public health department; community health center; nonprofit health care agency; local educational agency (as defined under section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 USC 7801); or a program administered by the Indian Health Service or the Bureau of Indian Affairs or operated by an Indian tribe or a tribal organization.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300640

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