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Reaching for Excellence Grant: Frequently Asked Questions

The Reaching for Excellence in Texas school health grant will fund new projects that focus on nutrition education, physical activity or injury prevention. Projects should engage students, their families and the community.  « Return: Grants & Awards

Is the Reaching for Excellence Grant available to private schools?

No, the Reaching for Excellence Grant is available only to public schools and public charter schools.

Would a health system be able to apply for the grant to implement at the schools where our community clinics are based?

No, the Reaching for Excellence Grant is available only to public schools and public charter schools. 

Is this a single-year grant?  

Yes, the Reaching for Excellence Grant will have a one-year cycle from September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023.

Do we submit the project first and then get notified about the reward status and project start date?

Yes, all Reaching for Excellence Grant applications must be submitted by November 12, 2021. Applicants will be notified via email on whether they have been selected in early 2022.

Were the webinar presentations recorded?

No, the webinar presentations were not recorded. However, the presentation slides and all handouts provided during the webinars are available on the School Health Program's Awards and Grants page.

Can a district apply for this grant on behalf of several schools?

No, the applications must be for individual schools. A district can submit multiple applications, but each individual application must be for individual schools. For example, a district may submit five separate applications for five different schools. 

To clarify, DSHS is providing only two grants for all applications or two per school district?

DSHS will be awarding only two grants total this application cycle. The grant will be awarded to two individual applicants. For example, one grant can go to a district that applied on behalf of one school within their district and the other grant can go to a school that applied for their individual school.

Can a district apply or is it only for schools?

Yes, a school district can apply for the Reaching for Excellence grant.

So, the district can apply although it can only be applied to one campus?

Yes, the school district can apply but the grant can only be applied to one school.

Can one applicant support two separate grant applications?

Yes, an applicant can submit multiple applications for different projects but only one project can be selected for one school. 

My district is small, and we have pre-k through 12 on one campus. As a district, do we have to apply for either elementary or 7-12th grade?

Since the school is located on one campus, the grant can be used for all grades. 

Is there a grade level requirement?

No, the Reaching for Excellence Grant can be used for any grade level, elementary, middle, or high school.

Can an after-school program within the district apply for several campuses?

The after-school program can submit multiple applications for each school but only one project can be selected. 

Can this grant be used to meet outstanding needs related to the DELL telehealth initiative?

No, the Reaching for Excellence Grant cannot be used to meet outstanding needs related to schools’ previous projects.  

Do you have other questions?

Email schoolhealthawards@dshs.texas.gov or call 512-776-7279.  

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Last updated October 1, 2021