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School Health Grants

DPHHS School Health Program Grants

The School Health Mini-Grant Program provides grants to nurses, asthma and diabetes educators, school counselors and administrators working in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state of Montana. Grants support applicants in their efforts to create safe and healthy learning environments for students and school staff.  

Grant application period for the 2016-2017 school year:
July 1, 2016 - March 15, 2017

How to Apply

Step 1: Confirm eligibility

  • School Nurses
  • Head Start Nurses
  • City/County Public Health Nurses
  • Certified Asthma or Diabetes Educators
  • School Counselors
  • School Administrators

Step 2: Choose a project

Option #1: School Staff/Coach Asthma Training

Using educational materials provided by the Montana Asthma Control Program, award recipients will provide asthma education and training to school teachers, staff and/or coaches. Educators may choose to focus their asthma education and training towards all school staff by using the “Creating Asthma Friendly Schools” resource guide. Alternatively, the training can be tailored towards coaches using a slightly different presentation and additional coaching resources. 

In order to complete this project, asthma education and training must be provided to at least five school staff members or coaches per individual applicant. School nurses and asthma educators are encouraged to consult with school administrators to determine if the training can be incorporated into a PIR training day. OPI renewal unit certificates from the Montana Asthma Control Program are available upon request. 

Grantees are encouraged to direct school staff and coaches who are unable to attend in-person trainings to the “Online Training” tab on this website to receive asthma training and obtain OPI Renewal units.

Project Documents

Option #2: School Staff/Coach Diabetes Training


Option #3: Assessing School Chronic Disease Policies/Procedures


Option #4: Identify and Refer Students with Uncontrolled Asthma to the Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program


Option #5: Teach an Asthma Self-Management Curriculum to Students


Option #6: Teach a Diabetes Self-Management Curriculum to Students


Option #7: Facilitate Student Hands-Only CPR Training


Option #8: Design Your Own Project


Step 3: Complete and submit application form and W-9

  • Individual application form
  • Group application form
  • W-9 Template

A letter of support from a school administrator is also required; this may be submitted at the same time as you complete the application, or it may be submitted afterwards. DPHHS will not process your grant application until we have received a letter of support.  

If filling out a hard copy application, please mail or fax (406-444-7465) the completed form to:

Montana School Health Program
PO Box 202951
Helena, MT 59620

Step 4: Await notification

After you submit the application and letter of support, your application will be reviewed within two weeks. If you do not hear from the School Health Program within two weeks, please contact us to confirm that we have received your application materials. Since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, please submit your application as soon as you are able.

Step 5: Complete the project

Once you are notified that you have been awarded a grant, plan and carry out the project that you have selected. Contact the School Health Program for additional resources if needed.

Step 6: Return outcomes forms

After you have completed the project, you will need to return the outcomes report form for your project, as well as any other additional documents noted on the outcomes report. For the 2017 project cycle, outcomes report forms will be due by May 31, 2018. If you have any further questions, please contact William Biskupiak at (406) 444-0995.


Word is getting out to your communities about your projects! The School Health Program will send a press release to your local area newspaper to highlight the great work you're doing in your school or district.

Resources for school nurses


Looking for tools to help teach students, parents, and staff about asthma? Want to manage your students’ asthma better? Check out the following:

School Nurse Links

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