Funding is always top-of-mind for schools looking to implement social and emotional learning (SEL). So, we stay on top of available funding sources that can be used to support and supplement SEL programs.

Take a look at this fresh list of potential SEL funding sources and see if any fit your needs. Pay close attention to the application closing dates — a few deadlines are fast approaching!

  1. 1. NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants are available to teachers, counselors, and education support professionals for programs that improve student achievement and focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and 21st century skills. Amounts are $2,000 and $5,000, and funds can be used throughout the year for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, and technology. Applications are reviewed three times each year; the next application deadline is February 1, 2019, with funding notification on April 15, 2019.
  2. Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants promote youth mental health awareness among schools and communities and improve connections to services for school-age youth. The grants are awarded to state education agencies (SEAs), which then coordinate funds with local education agencies (LEAs). Funds can be used to support SEL initiatives that aim to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-age youth; train educators and other youth-serving adults to detect and respond to mental health issues; and connect children, youth, and families who experience behavioral health issues with appropriate services. The grant was announced October 24, 2018, and applications are due December 24, 2018.
  3. The Allstate Foundation’s Good Starts Young program works with influential organizations and meaningful causes to make the greatest impact on youth. The program has committed $45 million over the next five years toward in-school and afterschool programs that build students’ social and emotional skills. The Good Starts Young program provides financial support to many organizations and initiatives, including a grant to CASEL and a partnership with WE Schools. Click the above links to learn how your school can get involved.
  4. DonorsChoose.org is not actually a grant, but it can be an effective way for educators to raise funds for their SEL programs. Educators propose a classroom project or initiative and post it to the DonorsChoose website. Visitors to the site can make donations in support of the project. Some past SEL-related projects include exploring culture and diversity through music and teaching SEL through curricula and activities.

These are just a few examples of available funding opportunities. For more resources, check out 4 SEL Funding Opportunities in the 2018 Federal Education Budget and our popular guide, Understanding Grants, Securing Implementation Funding, Creating Sustainability.

Have questions about starting an SEL program from scratch or strengthening an existing program? Contact our experts at Aperture Education, and we’ll be glad to answer all of your questions.