School Nurse Mini-Grants

The School Nurse Mini-Grant Program was created by the Montana Asthma Control Program to enable school nurses, Head Start health nurses, and health educators who work in schools with no school nurse in Montana to work towards creating asthma friendly schools. Grant money ($500 for individuals and $1500 for groups of three or more) is provided to nurses to enable them to provide school-based asthma management and training.  Information on program eligibility and the application process is indicated below.

Grant application period for the 2014-2015 school year:

January 1, 2014 – June 15, 2014

How to Apply

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility
The School Nurse Mini-Grant program provides grant money for school nurses working in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the state of Montana.  To be eligible, the school nurse must be a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or Nurse Practitioner (NP) who is employed or contracted by a school, school district, or local public health department to provide school nursing services.

Nurses who have previously received a School Nurse Mini-Grant are eligible to apply.  However, nurses that have previously received a School Nurse Mini-Grant are asked to please apply to complete a different project than you have completed previously.

Step 2: Choose a Project
Option #1: School Staff Training

Option #2: Partnering with Parents

Option #3: Assessing Asthma Friendly School Policies and Procedures

Option #4: Home Environmental Assessments

Option #5: Teaching an Asthma Self-Management Curriculum

Option #6: Design Your Own Project-NEW


A letter of support from a school administrator is also required; this may be submitted at the same time as you complete the application, or it may be submitted afterwards.

Step 4: Await Notification
After you submit the application and letter of support, your application will be reviewed within two weeks.  If you do not hear from the Montana Asthma Control Program within two weeks, please contact us to confirm that we have received your application materials.  Since applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, please submit your application as soon as you are able.

Step 5: Complete the Project
Once you are notified that you have been awarded a grant, carry out the project that you have selected.

Step 6: Return Outcomes Forms
After you have completed the project, you will need to return the outcomes report form for your project, as well as any other additional documents noted on the outcomes report. For the 2013 project cycle, outcomes report forms will be due by May 31, 2015.
If you have any further questions, please contact William Biskupiak at (406) 444-0995.


Word is getting out to your communities about your asthma projects! Congrats to Lana Keough, Randi Ghekiere, Courtney George, and Alice Steiner, whose project was covered in the Great Falls Tribune, and to Kristen Bonner, whose project was written up in the Billings Gazette. Keep up the good work!

Asthma-friendly resources for school nurses

Looking for tools to help teach students, parents, and staff about asthma? Want to manage your students’ asthma better? Check out the following:

School Nurse Links