How Does My School Pay For SEL?

Written by Will Eaton

September 18, 2020

Social-emotional Learning

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.

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  1.  Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Competition
  2. CARES Act – Pieces of the act include possibilities for funds to be used by educational leaders for classroom and district improvements, including purchasing resources.
  3. ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund)
  4. 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).
  5. Title 1 Part A – for SEA’s and LEA’s – Education service agencies and etc. 
  6. Title 1 Part D – Title funds allocated for Neglected and Delinquent Youth.
  7. 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.
  8. Title VI – Part B – Rural Education Achievement programs are for rural districts under 1,000 students. 
  9. Social & Emotional Learning Innovation Fund (Closed for 20/21. Can apply Spring of 2021 for the 21/22 academic school year).
  10. Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention – SEL Skills are translatable for prevention purposes. You can search this website for funding options including grants.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

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