Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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Funding Opportunities

Our Center’s funding opportunities are designed to build school mental health capacity for PreK-12 schools/districts and educators in Iowa as well as university faculty, staff, and students. See our active funding opportunities.

Active Funding Opportunities

Mental Health Training Fellowship for Paraeducators

PreK-12 district administrators
School administrators
  • Who Should Apply: PreK-12 district adminstrators

  • Funding Description:

    We are now accepting applications from Iowa public school districts for our Mental Health Training Fellowship for Paraeducators.

    Each fellowship will provide $15,000 per paraeducator to districts to support the development and advancement of paraeducators. Each district can apply for up to 5 fellowships.

    Program Delivery
    – Selected paraeducators will complete 3 in-person Imagine Iowa training blocks followed by enrollment in a digital platform for additional content/activities/coaching to meet licensure credit requirements (15 hours total = 1 licensure credit).

    – The in-person training will take place in Des Moines on October 27, November 3, and December 1, 2023. The trainings will be hosted at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott.

    Funding Distribution
    – The estimated total program funding equals $1.5 million.

    – Districts will receive $7,000 at the program’s start (November 1, 2023). These funds must be used to support all expenses associated with paraeducators attending the 3 in-person trainings in Des Moines, IA.

    – The remaining $8,000 will be dispersed as paraeducators successfully complete each of the 4 parts of the program. Each of these $2,000 payments will be distributed to the school district, and the district will, in turn, be responsible for transferring the entire $2,000 to the paraeducator who completed that part of the program.

Funding Source
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Summer 2023

Previous Funding Opportunities

Critical Research in School Mental Health Projects: Graduate Research Assistant Application

University of Iowa Faculty and Staff

This funding opportunity was closed: May 15, 2023

Graduate Student Conference Funding Opportunity

University of Iowa Graduate Students

This funding opportunity was closed: May 15, 2023