Grants and Awards Program
The School Health Program awards funds to Texas schools and school districts for projects that improve or promote health. The projects should engage students, their families, and the community. DSHS award programs have funded more than 100 projects in the last 30 years.
School Health Grant: Reaching for Excellence (RFE) in Texas
Research on health and academics shows that there is a strong association between the overall health and well-being of students and their academic performance. Students’ health also affects their behavior, cognitive skills, and attitudes.
The Reaching for Excellence (RFE) in Texas School Health Grant will fund projects that are in the planning stage or operating for less than one school year. The project must focus on one or more of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model components. Texas public school districts and open enrollment charter schools can apply for the RFE grants at the school or district level. Private schools are not eligible to apply. Eligible projects should engage students, their families and the community. They also should include plans to continue the project past the initial year of funding.
Two grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Funds will be released in the form of reimbursements to award recipients.
- View the Reaching for Excellence in Texas grant application. [Word]
- View a Sample Application. [PDF]
- View the Applicant Checklist. [PDF]
- Application Deadline: November 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time
- Project Timeline: September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024
The project must:
- Be in the planning stage or operating less than one school year.
- Strive to improve the well-being of students and community.
- Include one or more of the WSCC model components.
- Align with local school district’s wellness policy.
Selected awardees must:
- Provide evidence of the district’s school health advisory council (SHAC) support of the project.
- Have a designated contact person for the duration of the grant.
- Comply with receipt retention, submission, and reporting requirements.
- Attend monthly meetings with DSHS staff for the duration of the grant.
- Provide a process evaluation and an outcomes evaluation.
Attend a Webinar
DSHS School Health Program staff will conduct three informational webinars. All webinars will present the same content. All times are central time. Register today to reserve your spot.
- RFE Grant Webinar #1 – Sept. 8 from 3-4 PM CDT
- RFE Grant Webinar #2 – Sept. 14 from 11:30-12:30 PM CDT
- RFE Grant Webinar #3 – Sept. 20 from 3-4 PM CDT
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