Funding Sources for Social-Emotional Learning
You’re a school administrator, you’re already stretched thin. You may want to implement social-emotional learning, but you don’t have the money! Here the links to some creative ways you can fund your SEL program.
- Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition
- CARES Act – Pieces of the act include possibilities for funds to be used by educational leaders for classroom and district improvements, including purchasing resources.
- ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund)
- IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) – Typically budgets carry on average an increased $85+ per student who have disabilities or learning struggles (children with IEP’s).
- Title 1 Part A – for SEA’s and LEA’s – Education service agencies and etc.
- Title 1 Part D – Title funds allocated for Neglected and Delinquent Youth.
- Title IV Part B – 21st-century Learning Centers – Can be implemented by a school district but funds are allocated specifically for after school hours and programs. This might be a good angle for Non-Traditional school, or forming partnerships with After school centers and etc.
- Title VI – Part B – Rural Education Achievement programs are for rural districts under 1,000 students.
- Social & Emotional Learning Innovation Fund (Closed for 20/21. Can apply Spring of 2021 for the 21/22 academic school year).
- Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention – SEL Skills are translatable for prevention purposes. You can search this website for funding options including grants.
- Fundsnet Services – A database of funding sources for a multitude of populations and purposes. You can narrow the database by Education & Literacy to find grant options.
- The Federal Grants database – You can narrow down based on Education and grade band to find available grant opportunities. “Race to the Top” seems to be a popular one with a large pool of funds.