Funding Opportunities to Consider for the Future

AUSTIN, Texas — Now more than ever, schools are doing more than their fair share of homework as they seek opportunities to bring meaningful health and safety to their campus communities.

As Goodside Health’s school-based programs expand to provide even more supports, we’ve noticed the conversations trend toward a common theme – “We’d love to do more, but we don’t have it in the budget!”

With fiscal planning for future school years well under way, our team of experts compiled this quick reference list of common funding opportunities and links – as well as timelines – that your school, district, or system may find helpful in the pursuit of expanding health and safety programming.

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Funding Opportunity Funding Type Description Available Funds Resources for Additional Information
School Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) Grant Program U.S. Department of Education Grant Funding SBMH provides competitive grants to State Educational Agencies (SEAs) and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs increase school-based mental health service providers at schools. Estimated Awards of $500,000 to $3,000,000 for 12-month budget periods up to 5 years Click here for more information.
Applications are due by Nov. 3, 2022.
Click here for more information.
Mental Health Service Professional (MHSP) Demonstration Grant Program Demonstration Grant Program MHSP provides competitive grant opportunities to support and demonstrate innovative partnerships that train school-based mental health services providers for employment throughout local educational agencies (LEAs). $143 million a year for 5 years, with an average award size of $800,000, ranging from $400,000 to $1,200,000 per year Applications are due by Nov. 3, 2022.
Click here to apply.
Click here to view a list of the 27 MHSP Demonstration grantees.
Title IV, Part A – Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program (SSAE) Grants Federal Appropriation distributed by Formula Grants to States Title IV, Part A is a provision of the Bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that includes a flexible block grant for schools to support safe and healthy students. $1.6 billion through FY 2021. Congress appropriates funds for the SSAE grant each fiscal year to each state based on the Title I funding formula The Title IV-A Coalition provides access to a comprehensive list of resources here.
Title IV, Part B – 21st Century Schools Program Federal Appropriation distributed by Formula Grants to States Title IV, Part B was originally authorized under No Child Left Behind and is currently the largest block grant program in Title IV. It provides funding to serve students in low-performing schools through a host of opportunities including wellness programs and counseling programs. In FY 2016, the program made more than $1.17 billion available throughout the U.S. The U.S. Office of Elementary & Secondary Education provides more information on Title IV, Part B funds here.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) Federal Grant Opportunities Administered by State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) Three separate allocations of ESSER funds have been earmarked by Congress for schools to utilize in a variety of ways. Initially in response to COVID, the most recent funds (ESSER III) can be used by schools to maintain the health and safety of students and staff. ESSER III, also known as ARP ESSER – is part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) that allocated $121.9 billion to State Education Agencies. States receive their ESSER III funds based on each district’s Title I funding. Schools without Title I status are also eligible for funding. The ESSER Program is accepting applications from SEAs for ESSER III opportunities through Sept. 30, 2024.
Click here to learn more about fund distributions by state including a state-by-state link to local plans.
Here is a timeline of the ESSER funds.
Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA) Congressional Bill Authorizing U.S. Department of Education Grant Funding Through Block Grants and Supplemental Funding Awards BSCA provides funding to address the mental health crisis and make schools and communities safer. The U.S. Department of Education announced awards totaling $1 billion to 56 states and territories. Click here to learn more about the BSCA.

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