RFA #35594 - School-Based Health Center Program Fiscal Year 2023 – 2027 Grant Funding Opportunity

Follow this link to view the awardee list for this funding opportunity. 

Funding Opportunity Overview - The current application period is closed. The next deadline for application review is to be determined.

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications from organizations supporting school-based health centers (SBHCs) committed to serving and providing care to children and youth in Colorado.

SBHCs are medical clinics that offer health care to children and youth either in a school or on school grounds. SBHCs are critical safety net providers, offering primary medical care, behavioral health care, social services, dental health services, and health education. Services can include; well-child exams, sick visits, immunizations, health screenings, mental health and other counseling, reproductive health services, and school-wide health promotion activities. Located at school, SBHCs are convenient; many centers offer same-day appointments or permit walk-ins, preventing parents and guardians from taking time off work to take their child to appointments, and students spend less time away from school. 

This RFA opportunity invites eligible organizations to apply for funding to support planning to open new SBHCs and funding to support current operating SBHCs, including opportunities to participate in the School-Based Oral Health Project and the SBIRT-SBHC Project (SBIRT = screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment). 

Read the full RFA document here (version 3)*.

**The application deadline is January 13, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. MDT**

RFA #35594 Application Materials

Download the RFA Application Packet Here.

*Please note that the RFA document and Attachment A_RFA Cover Sheet and Signature Page were updated with the January 13, 2022 deadline, and to clarify that the Authorized Signature may be signed electronically.

RFA #35594 Reference Documents

Appendix A: SBHC Operating Track Guidance Document (version 3)*
Appendix B: SBHC PTO Track Guidance Document (version 2)
Appendix C: SBHC RFA Glossary
Appendix D: Sample Statement of Work
Appendix E: SBHC Program Quality Standards
Appendix F: SBHC Program Menu of Services
Appendix G: Sample SBHC Operating Minimum Data Elements
Appendix H: Sample SBHC Performance Measures
Appendix I: Sample Performance Measures Reporting Guide
Appendix J: Financial Risk Assessment Questionnaire FAQ
Appendix K: Sample SBIRT-SBHC Project Guidebook
Appendix L: Samples of SBIRT Clinical Algorithms
Appendix M: 2020-21 Percent Minority Students_Students of Color

Questions and Answers during the open RFA period.

Recorded pre-application webinar recordings | webinar slides (version 3)*

  • Key Timestamp for the webinar recording.
    • 0:14      Introduction of SBHC Program Staff 
    • 1:23      Webinar Agenda
    • 2:03      Application Overview
    • 13:27    Funding Overview
    • 26:18    Applicant Eligibility
    • 31:00    How to Apply
    • 42:58    Selection, Evaluation, and Awards
    • 50:24    RFA Questions and Timeline

*The RFA and webinar slides are updated to reflect the revised RFA timeline. In the webinar recording, please disregard the information shared regarding the RFA timeline and dates in the RFA Questions and Timeline. 

*Please note that there is an error that has been corrected in the RFA document and Appendix A regarding Operational SBHC Eligibility. Revision: the site must be fully operational during the school year (previously, the documents stated “at the beginning of the school year”). In the webinar recording, please disregard the information between 26:50-26:56.

RFA Timeline
Schedule of Activities Timeline Date 
RFA Published  November 30, 2021
Pre-Application Informational Webinar (recording) December 3, 2021
Deadline for applicants to submit written Inquiries. Submit all inquiries by email to cdphe_sbhcprogram@state.co.us by 5:00 p.m. January 5, 2022 
(No questions will be accepted after this date/time)
January 5, 2022
Answers to written inquiries and any changes to the RFA will be published on the Questions and Answers Document January 7, 2022
Application submission deadline  January 13, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.
Evaluation Period  January 14, 2022 - 
March 2, 2022
Estimated Notification of Possible Award  March 4, 2022
Estimated Contract Effective Date
The resulting contract may be renewed for a maximum of up to 4 additional years, at the sole discretion of CDPHE) 
July 1, 2022

*The RFA Timeline updated to reflect the following changes: (1) new deadline for submitting questions, (2) new date to anticipate final Questions and Answers document to be posted to this website, (3) new application submission deadline, and (4) updated evaluation period. 

Additional Resources

Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) guide to Opening an SBHC.
Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care (CASBHC) guide to Running an SBHC.
School-Based Health Alliance (SBHA) National Voice for School-Based Health Care homepage.


Email cdphe_sbhcprogram@state.co.us