Special Opportunity: School-Based Health Care How to Apply & Deadlines
Application Information Webinar Recording
Organizations eligible for funding through the Colorado Health Foundation’s School-Based Health Care Initiative include schools, school districts, community health centers, community hospitals, health care agencies, parent or family groups, social service agencies, business groups, youth-serving organizations and faith-based organizations.
Applicants must represent partnerships that include individual schools, with active support from their school districts or respective charter boards. The applicant must be either a public agency or a nonprofit organization and recognized as the appropriate lead agency by the other project partners. Respective districts or individual charter boards must be a part of the partnership, but are not required to be the lead organizations.
The application process consists of three consecutive steps: 1) The completion and approval of a readiness assessment; 2) Submittal and approval of a planning grant; and 3) Approval of an implementation grant.
- Readiness Assessment. The first step in applying for funding through the School-Based Health Care Initiative is to complete the Readiness Assessment Form. The Readiness Assessment is comprehensive and is intended to help applicants identify community needs, resources and partners. Once the Readiness Assessment is completed, applicants will fill out the Foundation’s abbreviated School-Based Health Care application. For access to the online application, please contact Erica Snow. The Readiness Assessment Form should be uploaded as an attachment to the application.
- Planning Grant Awards. Based on a review of the Readiness Assessment and online application, the Foundation will award planning grants of up to $20,000 for the development of a multi-year business plan. The business plan should accompany the application for an implementation grant. A business plan template will soon be available.
- Implementation Grant Awards. Based on the completed business plan and implementation funding application, grantees will be eligible for additional funding, up to $400,000 over four years to execute the plan. Implementation funding can be used for operating expenses and modest costs to construct or renovate facilities.
Funded projects will meet the information requirements requested in the Readiness Assessment Form and in the business plan. They will also:
- Emerge from identified needs and gaps in care experienced by Colorado kids;
- Be founded on the strengths of students, families and communities;
- Be located in schools or on school campuses and be integrated with both in-school and community resources, avoiding duplication;
- Build on investments made by Colorado public and private organizations in supporting children’s health through more effective prevention and treatment services at school; and
- Demonstrate credible plans to sustain project efforts through institutional and community support as well as patient care billing and reimbursement strategies.
Although the application process differs from the Foundations regular process, the grant application deadlines remain the same. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. When these dates fall on a holiday or weekend, the deadline will be the next business day.
If you need assistance with the Readiness Assessment Form, please email Deborah Costin, executive director, at the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care or call 303.399.6380 ext. 105. For all other questions related to the application process, please email Erica Snow, senior program officer, the Colorado Health Foundation or call 303.953.3656.
Application Information Webinar
View the recorded webinar
Learn about the Colorado Health Foundation’s School-Based Health Care Initiative. This webinar provides an overview of the initiative, including a discussion of the types of programs that will be considered for funding, followed by a detailed explanation of the application process. The Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care also presents information about technical assistance and resources it can offer to potential applicants.
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