Programs and Initiatives in Schools - Asthma Mini-Grants

Programs & Initiatives in Schools
Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program

The Minnesota Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program was developed by the Minnesota Asthma Program to support schools in becoming more asthma friendly.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available to implement a variety of school-based projects. Minnesota K-12 schools are invited to apply. Projects may be implemented in one or more schools or district-wide.

GRANT SUBMISSION CURRENTLY CLOSED. Please check back in the Fall (September) 2018 for current submission dates.

Things to know:

  • Please submit your applications as soon as possible to ensure the greatest chance of funding. New submission date to be provided in the Fall of 2018.
  • An MDH Asthma Program staff member will set up a time to talk with you about your application.
  • Applicants who have completed their first project may apply for additional funding to work on additional projects.
  • You will be asked to submit an Outcomes Report and participate in a brief phone interview for each completed project. There may also be a request for data depending on the project you select.
  • In addition to any project requirements listed in the Outcomes Report, you will be asked to create your own measureable goals for each project.


Projects are organized into seven topic areas. You can apply to complete a single project or multiple projects. Each project does not have to be from the same topic area. All required documents are provided. Be sure to review the Outcomes Report Form as you design your project so that you are familiar with the type of information you will need to collect and report. The project descriptions also include links to additional resources that may be useful in completing your projects.

Click on each link to learn more about each project.

  1. Health Office Asthma Data
    Complete an asthma data project involving the school health office's data management system.
  2. Environmental Policy
    Address school policies that support asthma-friendly school environments.
  3. Partnerships and Building Awareness
    Develop partnerships with health care professionals in the community to organize and hold an asthma educational event.
  4. Asthma Self-Management Education
    Provide asthma self-management education in a group or individual setting or a combination of both.
  5. Linking Schools and Health Care Providers
    Enhance communication and collaboration between schools, clinics, hospitals, and public health.
  6. Health Office Staff and School Personnel Training
    Enhance the knowledge and skills of health office staff and other school personnel related to asthma, asthma self-management and best practices for asthma management in schools.
  7. Build Your Own Asthma Project
    School personnel and their partners will 'Build Your Own' school and community focused asthma program.

Application Process

Before beginning your application, please review the Funding Criteria to ensure your project meets the grant requirements.

Applications must meet all project specifications as indicated under the selected project choice.

  • Funding may not be used to pay for the development of individual health plans or direct nursing care services that are normally provided. The mini-grant program is not designed to support basic nursing services expected as part of the daily health office routine.
  • Funding may be used to pay for staff time including, for example, substitute school staff to allow others to attend a training or to develop project deliverables.
  • Mini-grants will not cover work completed prior to approval of your application.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase equipment (e.g., peak flow meters, holding chambers) for use by individual students.
  • Funds may be used to purchase demonstration equipment for the school health office and to support asthma self-management education. *Note that applications for ‘Providing Asthma Self-Management Education’ projects are expected to budget for holding chambers for all students involved in that project.
  • Funds may not be used to purchase food, beverages, incentives or prizes

Applicant Eligibility

Applications must originate and be submitted by the school or district implementing the project.

  • Schools/districts are encouraged to partner with outside organizations.
  • Grant applications must be coordinated with the school health office.
  • The fiduciary agent must be the school or school district but they may subcontract services to build sustainable programming.
  • Projects must be implemented in elementary, middle or high schools in Minnesota and can take place in one or more schools or districtwide.
  • Timeline and project activities should not reference application tasks accomplished before application approvals are completed.

All applicants must:

  • Provide contact information and a signature from your school or district administrator so that we know your school or district health office supports your application.
  • Provide contact information for any outside partners or organizations with whom you plan to work and a short explanation of the nature of their contribution to the project.
  • Provide details that show how asthma affects students in your school or district and how this grant will help your school and students improve asthma control.
  • Include a brief description of how you plan to partner with others to build, implement, and sustain your asthma programming once mini-grant funding is gone.
  • Develop realistic measurable goals for each project. (See sample Goals (WORD) document below)

Please complete the online application below:

Minnesota Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program – online application - (New)

Application form (PDF) - (Reference Document ONLY)

Please review the following documents prior to submitting the online application:

Outcomes Report (Word)

Data Requests by Project (Word)

Sample Goals (Word)

Tips and Tricks (Word)

Confirmation and Notification

MDH will send you an email confirming that we have received your online application. If you have not received this confirmation within 2 weeks of your submission, please contact Susan Ross by email at or 651-201-5629.

An MDH Asthma Staff member will contact you to set up a time to discuss your online application and gather any additional information that may be needed. We review the applications as they are received. MDH staff will contact you again after your application has been reviewed regarding the funding decision. Final payment is sent only after MDH receives all invoices, receipts, completed Outcome Report form and Data Requests for each project(s) and your interview has been completed.

Funding for these projects is supported by the Minnesota Department of Health through our cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the American Lung Association in Minnesota.

Project Support

MDH Asthma Program staff and American Lung Association in Minnesota staff are available to provide information and project support as needed. For assistance, contact Susan Ross by email at or phone 651-201-5629.

Outcomes Report

Each grant recipient will be asked to complete an Outcomes Report for each project selected. The Outcomes Report form is available for download under the Application Process. It is important that you review the Outcomes Report while planning your project to ensure the questions can be answered when you complete your project.

After we receive your completed Outcomes Report, we will ask to schedule a short phone interview to learn about your experience with this grant process and release your final payment.

We ask that all documents, PowerPoint Presentations, and materials you create to support your project be shared with the MDH Asthma Program. These materials, with your permission, may be shared with other mini-grant applicants as examples for their projects.

Asthma Friendly Resources for Schools

Many of the project descriptions include additional resources. The complete list of resources can be found at Asthma Friendly School Resources.