School Health 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.  

The 2022-2023 application period opens September 1, 2022 and will remain open through March 31, 2023 or until funding is no longer available. 

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

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 on OPI's Teacher Learning Hub.

Project Documents

Using a school policies and practices checklist form provided by the Montana School Health Program, grantees will assess school policies and practices related to asthma or other chronic diseases. Grantees will then present their findings to the school administration.

Project Documents

This option allows participants to use their funding to attend the annual Big Sky Pulmonary Conference, Asthma Educator Certification Review Course, Diabetes Conference, or other Diabetes Training event. The Montana School Health Program will wave registration fees for the applicants and the mini-grant funding can be used for travel, lodging expenses, and substitute costs. In order to complete this project, the applicant must attend at least one of the proposed events and return the outcomes report form to the School Health Program.

Project Documents

Applicants will teach an asthma self-management curriculum to students with asthma, using either the Open Airways for Schools or Power Breathing programs (depending on the age of the students). In order to complete this project, asthma self-management education must be provided to at least five students per applicant.

Project Documents

This option provides applicants the opportunity to partner with a certified instructor to bring a Hands-Only CPR training to the school. The Hands-Only CPR training was developed by the American Heart Association and has been used to train over 50,000 people in Montana. In order to complete this project, individual grantee must provide training to at least 25 students and group grantees must train at least 50 students. Applicants must submit an outcomes report form to the School Health Program.  

Project Documents

Hands-Only CPR Training Checklist
Hands-Only CPR Training Outcomes Report Form

AED Grant Funding

The Cardiac Ready Communities Program encourages communities to purchase Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for use in public locations in the event of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Grant funding and support is available to schools to purchase AED equipment.

The granting organizations listed below include school districts in their eligibility requirements:

Additional Assistance
Montana Office of Public Instruction

Nurses, Certified Asthma Educators, or other school staff will review school records and identify students with a current asthma diagnosis as diagnosed by a medical provider. The grantees will assess asthma control among students using the Asthma Control Test and other measures specified by the Montana Asthma Control Program. Students with uncontrolled asthma shall be referred to the Montana Asthma Home Visiting Program (MAP) in their county/region. MAP services are available in the following counties: Anaconda-Deer Lodge County, Blaine County, Butte-Silver Bow County, Cascade County, Custer County, Dawson County, Flathead County, Gallatin County, Hill County, Lewis and Clark County, Liberty County, Missoula & Granite Counties, Park County, Richland County, and Roosevelt County. Students whose asthma is under control will receive educational materials and resources to take home. Students with uncontrolled asthma will be referred to the MAP home visiting nurse in the area. In order to complete this project, asthma control assessments must be performed with at least five students.

Project Documents

Asthma Take Home Resources

This option allows applicants to design their own chronic disease focused project to address a specific concern in their school or district. The Montana School Health Program will work closely with the applicant to clearly identify the project scope and goals.

Potential Projects

 - Drugs and Alcohol Use Prevention- awareness/education
 - Student to Student Chronic Disease Education
 - Youth Diabetes Self-Management Education
 - Conduct a quality improvement project regarding existing chronic disease policies
 - Educational marketing campaign

Project Documents

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

Instructions on how to submit the application form are included on the form itself. 

Things to know

  • A School Health Program staff member will set up a time to talk with you about your application.
  • Applicants who have completed their first project may apply for additional funding to work on new projects.
  • Submit your application as soon as possible to allow time to process your application, provide any technical assistance you may need, and give you sufficient time to complete your project.
  • Questions? Contact BJ Biskupiak at or 406-444-0995.