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 are the links to some creative ways you can fund your SEL program.
- Education Innovation and Research (EIR). On July 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education invited schools to send applications for the EIR program’s competition for funding.
- CARES Act. This act includes funds for educational leaders working for classroom and district improvements, including purchasing resources.
- ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund). This fund is only applicable to emergency cases, such as budget shortages.
- IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Typically budgets carry on average an increased $85+ per student who have disabilities, learning challenges or children with IEP’s.
- Title 1 Part A & D. Title funds allocated for Neglected and Delinquent Youth, or State Educational Agencies and Local Education Agencies.
- Title IV Part B. 21st-Century Learning Centers can be implemented by a school district but funds are allocated specifically for after school programs.
- Title VI - Part B. Rural Education Achievement funds are available for rural districts under 1,000 students.
- Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. SEL skills help prevent involvement with the criminal justice system. Search this website for funding options for SEL or other preventive services.
- Fundsnet Services. Use this database of funding sources to find Education & Literacy grant options.
- The Federal Grants database. You can narrow down this database by grade band to find available grant opportunities. “Race to the Top” seems to be a popular one with a large pool of funds.
- Title II Part A. The US Department of Education offers funds for professional development resources to enhance teachers, principals, and other school leaders' ability to achieve academic excellence.
- Section 2101 Part 1 refers to Professional Development training.
- Section 2101 Part 2 refers to Holding schools accountable for academic improvements.