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Grants to Arkansas School Districts for Projects to Increase Physical Activity for Students and Community Members

Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 171768
Agency: State

Funding Source
Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) - School Health Services
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Geographic Focus
USA: Arkansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/30/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Arkansas school districts partnering with nonprofit organizations or agencies for projects to increase physical activity. Funding is intended to improve the overall health of students and community members. Eligible projects increase access to existing recreational facilities.

Joint Use Agreements (JUA) are formed to meet the shared goals and needs of the school and community while focusing on maximizing resources and increasing opportunities for physical activity. This concept affords schools and communities unique opportunities for children and adults to be healthier individuals. A JUA refers to a school forming an ongoing partnership with one or more entities, organizations, or city leaders to share indoor or outdoor space to meet shared goals and community needs. Through the shared use of space, schools and communities see a fiscal benefit while providing added amenities and services for both students and other community members. 

Joint use is the practice of allowing the use of public school buildings and/or grounds by non-public school entities and/or vice versa. A JUA is a collaborative agreement between a school and local government or non-profit entity setting forth the terms and conditions for shared use of public property/facility. JUAs can range in scope from relatively simple written agreements, such as opening school playgrounds to the community outside of school hours where both agencies agree to maintain and support the space, to complex collaborations, such as a district allowing community individuals and groups to access all school recreation facilities or allowing schools to access all city or county recreation facilities.

The JUA grant funds must be used to assist schools and communities in achieving collaborative partnerships to improve the overall health status of students and/or other community members by increasing opportunities for physical activity.

For more information on grant requirements, see the following link:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
All Arkansas public school districts are eligible to apply. To be eligible for funding, the joint use partnership must be between an individual school district and a local government agency or non-profit organization. The school/district and joint use partner(s) must show proof that each will contribute resources and long-term stability to the proposed project and facility.

To be eligible, districts must be in compliance with all previous grant awards received from the DESE School Health Services office. Districts are eligible to receive grants according to the district enrollment per fiscal year.

These funds are not intended to create new programs, but rather to increase access to existing recreational facilities.

Some examples of non-allowable expenditures are:
• New construction, although basic development of green space and minimum remodeling may be allowed at the discretion of the grant review committee;
• Personnel stipends for program instructors or coaches;
• Supplanting public school state requirements;
• Legal fees;
• Administrative costs;
• Equipment rental/acquisition costs above $1,000.00 without grant application approval;
• Electronics; and
• Other costs, as deemed reasonable and necessary by the grant review committee.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be received on or before Monday, January 30, 2023.

Grant funds will be issued to the grantee on a reimbursement basis.

Estimated Size of Grant
Schools/Districts may apply for a maximum of $30,500. Awardees may receive up to $500 for Phase I activities. Awardees may receive up to $30,000 for Phase II activities.

Term of Contract
All funded projects will be required to report expenditures at the end of the funding cycle, June 2023. If funds remaining at the end of the funding cycle, grantees may submit a proposal to extend the use of the funds through October 01, 2023.

Contact Information
Submit completed applications as a single PDF file to

For questions related to this request for applications, please contact the School Health Services office at 501-683-3604.

Primary Contact Information:
Name: Jerri Clark
Phone Number: 501-683-3604

Secondary Contact Information:
Name: Lisa Mundy
Phone Number: 501-683-3604

School Health Services
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #14
Little Rock, AR 72201

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