The Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of School Health Services has announced a request for proposal (RFP) for the Arkansas Joint Use Agreement (JUA) Grant. The JUA program helps public schools join efforts with community leaders and local non-profit organizations to improve the health and physical activity opportunities for students and other members of the community.

You can find the JUA Grant guideline and application here. The deadline to submit is 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, and an optional technical assistance grant writing webinar will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

What is a joint use agreement?
It is an ongoing partnership formed between a school and one or more entities, organizations, or city leaders to share indoor or outdoor space to meet shared goals and community needs. JUAs help create safe, accessible, and cost-effective places for exercise and play for the entire community.

How are the grant funds used?
Grant funds are to be used to aid schools in the adoption of a stand-alone joint use school board policy and the implementation of formal collaborative partnerships with community entities. The purpose of the joint use agreement program is to enhance student/community member lives through increased opportunities for physical activity to reduce obesity and improve overall health. Schools and communities across the state have benefited from the JUA grant program.

Want to learn more? Check out the ADE website.