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Grants available to train and sustain school health workforce

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Department of Education is accepting applications for a second round of funding for schools through the COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Opportunity grant. School districts and nonpublic schools can apply for awards between $50,000-$100,000 to support training and coaching of staff to address the Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health (SEBH) of Iowa’s children resulting from or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The application deadline is May 19, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

The Iowa Departments of Education and Public Health received $4.5 million from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for the distribution of the funds to schools. Priority consideration will be given to applicants that have not received additional federal funding to cover the costs of professional learning and coaching beyond what they have available through three rounds of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) and Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) school improvement funds.

Details for the grant requirements as well as the application are located in IowaGrants.gov. The grant is called Round 2- COVID-19 Public Health Workforce Supplemental Funding Opportunity. The website allows districts to electronically apply for and manage grants received by the state of Iowa. Persons accessing the system for this purpose are required to register. Registration requirements are located on the IowaGrants.gov webpage.