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School-Based Health Centers Program

Grants to Washington, DC Organizations to Provide
Health Services for Adolescent Students

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District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health) - Community Health Administration (CHA)

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08/18/20 6:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC organizations for activities that enhance access to health care for students at eligible high schools and middle schools located within the District. Applicants are advised to register online at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to support the operation of existing and newly constructed school-based health centers. The purpose of the program is to promote the successful development of adolescent students by improving their physical, social, emotional, and behavioral health.

The Government of the District of Columbia, Department of Health (DC Health), Community Health Administration (CHA) is awarding funding to provide comprehensive, coordinated school-based health services, to improve access to care and to improve student health outcomes in District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).

SBHCs also have the potential to expand their public health role and impact to the entire school by reducing barriers to learning school-wide. The overall goal of the DC Health SBHC program is to improve the overall health of students, as well as minimize the effects of poverty and other adverse experiences, enabling students to thrive in the classroom and beyond. Services include promoting an adolescent-friendly health environment, assuring coordination of care, and serving as a medical home.

DC Health will provide grant funding, oversight and technical assistance to seven (7) sites located within District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS): Anacostia Senior High School, Ballou Senior High School, Cardozo Education Campus, Coolidge Senior High School & Ida B. Wells Middle School (co-located schools), Dunbar Senior High School, Roosevelt Senior High School and H.D. Woodson High School. Applicants may apply to operate one or more SBHCs based on capacity to provide services. DC Health will determine location assignments for successful applicants. SBHC services shall also be available to feeder schools and the community, as determined by DC Health and DCPS. 

SBHCs offer a range of health services including primary and preventative care, in-person mental health and supplemental telemental health and wellness, sexual health, health education and health promotion. SBHCs are a powerful investment in the health and academic potential of children and adolescents, by providing students with an entry point into health care in a location that is safe, convenient, and accessible. These centers are staffed by licensed professionals with the experience and expertise to deliver quality care while addressing the broad range of concerns that affect students’ healthy development. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158963

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to Seven (7) Awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Floor Award Amount: $250,000
- Ceiling Award Amount: Up to $314,000

Term of Contract:

Awards are projected to begin October 1, 2020 and continue through September 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include public, private and not-for-profit organizations serving District residents. Considered for funding shall be organizations meeting the eligibility criteria and having documentation of providing primary care services to adolescents in an ambulatory care setting. Applicants must demonstrate experience providing health services to school-aged children, young adults and students with special health care needs. Applicants shall obtain a Certificate of Need.

Individuals are not eligible for DC Health grant funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Pre-Application Conference will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm. The meeting will provide an overview of CHA’s RFA requirements and address specific questions and concerns about the RFA.

Please RSVP (organization, point of contact, title, and email) and submit any questions regarding the RFA to by Monday, July 27, 2020.

The Pre-Application conference will be held virtually. Link information will be provided to organizations that RSVP to attend.

Pre-Application Information:

The application is to be submitted via EGMS no later than 6:00 p.m., on the deadline date of Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Key Dates:
- Notice of Funding Announcement: July 03, 2020
- Request for Application Release Date: July 17, 2020
- Pre-Application Meeting: July 30, 2020 2:30pm – 3:30pm
- Application Submission Deadline: August 18, 2020

Applicants must have a DUNS #, Tax ID#, be registered in the federal Systems for Award Management (SAM) and the DC Health Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). (Please note: DC Health reserves the right to require registry into local and federal systems for award management, including the EGMS, at any point prior to or during the Project Period.)

DC Health recommends that applicants create an EGMS account, establishing a Primary Account User as the authorized representative, at least two weeks prior to the application submission deadline. There is no guarantee that the authorized representative would have an approved account if the registration process does not begin at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Deadline-day registrations may not be approved by the DC Health Office of Grants Management in time for submission.

Applicants who received the RFA via the Internet shall provide contact information (name of organization; key contact mailing address; telephone, fax number, and email address) to the District of Columbia, Department of Health, Office of Grants Monitoring & Program Evaluation by contacting Brenda.Ramsey-Boone. Please be sure to put “RFA Contact Information” in the subject box. (This information shall be used to provide updates and/or addenda to the RFA.)

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

DC Health Contact Information:

- Grants Management:
Brenda Ramsey-Boone
Office of Grants Monitoring & Program Evaluation
Community Health Administration

- Program Contact:
Dr. Kafui Doe
Child, Adolescent, and School Health Division
Family Health Bureau
Community Health Administration

For technical assistance, please contact the Office of Grants Management at:

Jennifer Prats
(202) 442-8983


Clara McLaughlin
(202) 442-9237

Please note: DDC Health is in a secured building. Government issued identification must be presented for entrance.

Funding or Pin Number:

FO-CHA-PG-00010-000, RFA# CHA.5SBHC.07.17.20

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