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Funding For SEL Programs

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Funding for SEL Programs

Implementing an SEL initiative isn’t easy. Districts can leverage many assets to support SEL implementation. They include internal expertise, passionate educators, state resources and standards, federal funding, and family and community partnerships. Here is a list of resources to consider when getting started in seeking funds to adopt an SEL initiative into your district:


  • American Rescue Plan
    • Section 2001 (e) (1):
    • Address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions…[to] respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus.


    • Section 18003(d)(10):
    • Providing mental health services and supports.
    • Section 18002:
    • Activities approved for funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) may also be approved under Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund (GEER).


    • Public Law 116-260:
    • Activities authorized under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, or the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act.
    • Providing mental health services and supports.
    • Implementing evidence-based activities to meet the comprehensive needs of students.


  • Federal Grants
    • Search the gov database for federal funding filtered by opportunity status, funding type, eligibility, category, and agency.


  • Fund For Teachers
    • This organization allows PreK-12 teachers to “pursue self-designed professional learning experiences.” You can apply by submitting detailed descriptions of proposed fellowships. Awards of up to $5,000 are made to individuals and up to $10,000 for educator teams.


  • The NEA Foundation
    • Supported through educator contributions, corporate and foundation sponsorships, this nonprofit organization has invested over $7.1 million in funding nearly 4,500 grants to public school teachers aimed at enhancing teaching and learning. More than $11 million in grants have also been made directly to unions and school districts through the Foundation’s Closing the Achievement Gaps Initiative.


  • PTA
    • Reach out to your local Parent Teacher Organization or Parent Teacher Association, they may be able to offer grants or funds to support social-emotional learning in schools.



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