Joint Use Agreement Funds

Joint Use Agreement Grants

Overview

  • Grant amount: $10,000
  • Eligibility: Schools that have representatives present at any of ArCOP’s 2014 “Digging Deeper” Immersion Trainings and/or participate in any of the Joint Use Agreement breakout sessions at the 2014 Regional Summits.
  • Thursday, June 5: Grant application deadline.
  • Tuesday, July 1: Grant announcements. Funds awarded
  • More details supplied by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Grant Announcement

The Arkansas Department of Education has awarded $37,000 to four school districts participating in the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention’s Growing Healthy Community Initiative.

Each district received a Joint Use Agreement Grant to aid the district and a designated community partner in forming a joint use agreement to share and maximize the use of existing recreational spaces. The intent of the joint use program is to ensure the physical activity needs of the students and community are met.

The awarded districts are as follows:

  • Bryant School District in partnership with the City of Bryant – $9,700
  • Bradford School District in partnership with the City of Bradford – $10,000
  • Camden-Fairview School District in partnership with the City of Camden – $10,000
  • Cedar Ridge School District in partnership with Independence County– $10,000

Funds are available each grant year based on Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations or until funds are expended. The Joint Use Agreement Program is a collaboration of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), the Arkansas Center for Obesity Prevention (ARCOP) and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI).

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to have funds available each year to support joint school and community organization efforts in maximizing public resources, as well as enhancing community healthy living through increased opportunity for physical activity to reduce the incidence of obesity.

Details

The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to have funds available for public schools who provide a representative at one of the five (5) 2014 ArCOP “Digging Deeper” Immersion Trainings and/or participated in the JUA session at oen of the five (5) Regional Summits, to join together with community leaders and local non-profit organizations to improve health through joint use agreements. The Joint Use Agreement Grant is a collaboration of the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement.

The joint use grant is a competitive application made possible and supported by Governor Mike Beebe and the Arkansas Tobacco Excise Tax, created by Ark. Code Ann. § 26-57-801 et seq. The funds are to be used to aid schools in the adoption and implementation of a stand-alone joint use school board policy and forming collaborative partnerships with local community resources with the intent of increased opportunity for physical activity.

A joint use agreement is the practice of allowing use of public school buildings and/or grounds by non-school entities or vice-versa. A joint use agreement is a formal written agreement between an Arkansas public or charter school and one or more separate entities to collaborate, setting forth the terms and conditions for shared use of public property.

The applying Arkansas public school must act as the lead grantee and the fiscal agent for the grant funds awarded.

The Joint Use Agreement Guidelines and Application are provided. The original and three (3) copies of the application must be received by the Arkansas Department of Education no later than 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014. Incomplete, faxed or electronic submissions will not be accepted.

Download the application: 2014 ArCOP JUA Application

Download application guidelines: 2014 ArCOP JUA Guidelines

Send or deliver applications to:

Arkansas Department of Education

Office of School Health Services

Attn: Jerri Clark, School Health Services Director

Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #14

Little Rock, AR 72201