Update on SBHC Grants from the Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) plans to post a Request for Funding Applications (RFA) for the School-Based Health Centers – Improving Health Care Access for Children and Adolescents in Washington grant program on March 15, 2022. The application period will close on April 15, 2022.  Access the DOH WA Portal website here.

The DOH grant program will award $1.35 million in 12-month grants to establish and expand school-based health centers (SBHCs) in Washington State for K-12 students in public schools, with a focus on communities and populations who have been historically underserved. DOH is awarding the grants as part of implementing Substitute House Bill 1225. DOH expects to award three or more of each of the following grant types:

  • Planning Grants: Up to $50,000 each, to plan for a new SBHC in a community or school where one does not currently operate
  • Start-Up Grants: Up to $250,000 each, to start and open a SBHC where one does not currently operate
  • Operational, Expansion, and/or Improvement Grants: Up to $150,000 each, to maintain, improve, or expand existing SBHC operations

Please share this upcoming opportunity with your networks. Potential applicants can begin preparing for the application now by:

  • Identifying how a SBHC project could improve a need in their community
  • Collecting Letters of Support, Memoranda of Understanding, Memoranda of Agreement, Tribal Resolutions, and/or Tribal Letters of Support from partners, such as:
    • School and school district administration
    • School nurse
    • Organizations or representative groups of the community/population of focus

You’ll be able to find more information and the application on the DOH’s WA Portal website as of March 15, 2022. If you have any questions about the grant opportunity, please contact Mary Simock, School-Based Health Center Program Coordinator, in the Office of Family and Community Health Improvement at the DOH at mary.simock@doh.wa.gov