SBHC Core Grant Program Information

SBHC Grant Program

2024 SBHC Grant Opportunity

Open until Friday, June 14, 2024. DOH is accepting Request for Funding Applications for additional SBHC grants. We expect to award up to:

  • 1 planning grant ($50,000) for a new SBHC
  • 6 operations grants ($150,000) for an established SBHC to sustain, improve, or expand services

Grant awards will be for 10 months. Grantees may receive additional funding in the July 2025 through June 2026 grant cycle based on grant performance and the availability of state funding.

Timeline:

As of June 5, we are extending the due date by one week. Below is an updated timeline:

  • May 7, 2024 - Request for Funding Applications (RFA) released
  • May 14, 2024, 12:00 PM PST - Informational webinar
  • June 14, 2024, 11:59 PM PST - Applications due
  • July 12, 2024 - Notification of contract awards
  • September 1, 2024 - Anticipated contract start date

How to Apply:

Read the 2024 SBHC Request for Funding Applications. Complete the online application, including attachments (see templates below), by 11:59 PM PST on June 14, 2024.

Grant Templates:

Grant Application Support:

Watch the recording of an informational webinar on the grant opportunity, held on Tuesday, May 14, at 12 PM PST. 

Read the SBHC RFA FAQ. You can submit questions to AdolescentHealthUnit@doh.wa.gov. We will post answers to all questions in the FAQ, which will be updated by each Tuesday during the application period.

About the SBHC Grant Program

The DOH SBHC grant program works to expand and sustain the availability of school-based health centers (SBHCs) to K-12 students in Washington public schools, with a focus on historically underserved communities and populations. The intent of the DOH SBHC grants is to fund projects that will:

  • Increase the number, capacity, and sustainability of SBHCs in Washington
  • Improve the health and educational outcomes of children and youth in Washington
  • Continue efforts to increase health equity throughout Washington and prioritize serving, engaging, and supporting historically underserved communities, including Tribal communities.

DOH awarded the first core (planning, start-up, and operations) SBHC grants in 2022. Currently, all grantees are implementing their projects. Please see the SBHC story map for information on the current DOH SBHC grant recipients and their projects. The core grant types are defined below:

  • Planning Grants ($50,000) – Planning grant recipients gather information, support, and resources to plan for a new SBHC in a community or school where one does not currently operate.
  • Start-Up Grants ($250,000) – Start-up grant recipients use grant funding to implement their existing SBHC start-up plan to open and operate an SBHC in a community or school where one does not currently operate.
  • Operational, Expansion, and/or Improvement Grants ($150,000) – Operations grant recipients have an established SBHC and use grant funding for ongoing operations and/or an expansion or improvement project.

In 2024, DOH published SBHC Grant Requirements, which outlines key definitions and requirements for the SBHC program to ensure that DOH SBHC core grant projects meet the intent of RCW 43.70.825 and the needs of Washington communities. The grant requirements were informed by feedback from SBHCs, partners, the SBHC Community Advisory Board, and Youth Advisory Council.