Asthma Friendly Schools Mini-Grant Program

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.  Thank you to the American Lung Association in Minnesota for their financial and programmatic support.

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 applications are accepted beginning November 13, 2017 and are reviewed as they are received. MDH Staff will notify the applicant about funding decisions as soon as possible. Applications will receive funding as long as money is available within the application period.

Things to know:

  • Please submit your applications as soon as possible to ensure the greatest chance of funding. Applications need to be submitted by June 18, 2018.
  • Projects must be completed by August 31, 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.

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.

An MDH Asthma Staff member will contact you to set up a time to discuss your application and gather any additional information that may be needed.

The application can be completed electronically or downloaded to complete by hand and returned to MDH via email or US Mail.

Please submit your completed application and W-9 form by email or US mail to:

Susan Ross at or Susan Ross, MN Department of Health, Asthma Program, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882.

We will send you an email confirming that we have received your application materials. If you have not received this confirmation within 2 weeks of your submission, please contact Susan Ross.

Application form (Word)

Outcomes Report (Word)

Data Requests by Project (Word)

Funding Criteria

Sample Goals (Word)

Tips and Tricks (Word)

W-9 Form, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification


We review the applications as they are received. MDH staff will contact you again after your application has been reviewed regarding the funding decision. For those projects that are funded, you can choose to receive your award in two installments (50% at the beginning of the project and the remaining balance upon completion) or in one lump sum upon completion. 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 assistance 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.

Updated Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 09:05AM