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Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health

Awards to Texas Schools and School Districts to Recognize
Existing Projects and to Support New Health Projects

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Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

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Awards of up to $4,500 to Texas schools and school districts to recognize and support health projects that promote the mental, social, and physical well-being of students, faculty, and the school community. Awards are available to start new programs, and to recognize the success of existing programs.

Award Categories:

  • The Reaching for Excellence in Texas School Health grant funds new projects that focus on nutrition, physical activity, or injury prevention. Eligible projects should engage students, their families, and the community and include plans to continue the project past the initial one to two years.  When the 1- to 2-year grant period ends, the project may be eligible for growth and sustainability awards through a Discovery Award.
  • The Discovery Award funds existing projects that schools or school districts want to expand, either on a single campus or to multiple campuses. The projects should engage students, their families, and the community and include plans for continuation of the project with an eye toward long-term integration into the school program.  
  • Vanguard Award: Discovery Award winners may be eligible for a Vanguard Award. Eligible applicants must have won a Discovery Award within the past two years and must submit plans for the project's long-term integration into the school or school district's health program. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180246

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Reaching for Excellence Award: Schools or districts will receive up to $4,500 to implement projects during the first year. They will then be eligible to apply for an additional $4,500 to expand and improve the project during a second year.
-Discovery Award Application: Winners will receive grants of up to $4,500 to fund expansion of the program for one year.
-Vanguard Award: Vanguard Award winners will receive up to $4,500 in sustainability funding for one year.

Term of Contract:

Reaching for Excellence Awards are for applicants that want to begin a health project or have one in place for less than one academic year.

Discovery Awards are for projects that are in place for at least one full school year.

Vanguard Awards are for a current health project that has previously received a Discovery Award within the previous two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Texas public schools and school districts may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an application is November 22, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Texas School Health Program
P.O. BOX 149347, MC1945
Austin, TX 78714-9347
1100 West 49th
Austin, Texas 78756

P: 512-776-7279
F: 512-776-7555

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USA: Texas