SEL Funding for Your
Youth Organization


Project AWARE

Project AWARE

Grant for states and territories to develop a sustainable infrastructure for school-based mental health programs and build collaborative partnerships with education agencies to promote healthy social and emotional development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence in school settings.

Project LAUNCH

Project LAUNCH

Grant for states and territories to promote the wellness of young children by addressing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and behavioral aspects of their development, as well as prepare them to thrive in school and beyond.

Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care

Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care

Grants for states or state agencies to support the improvement of integrated care models for behavioral healthcare and primary/physical healthcare for adults and children with emotional/mental disturbances.

COVID-19 Relief Funds

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 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.

Title Funds

Title I
Part A

Sec. 1114, Schoolwide Programs:

(A) counseling, school-based mental health programs, specialized instructional support services, mentoring services, and other strategies to improve students’ skills outside the academic subject areas;
(B) implementation of a school-wide tiered model to prevent and address problem behaviors and support early intervention services, coordinated with similar activities and services as carried out under IDEA.

Sec. 1115, Targeted Assistance Schools:

(A) a school-wide tiered model to prevent and address problem behaviors and support early intervention services, coordinated with similar activities and services as carried out under IDEA;
(C) integrated student supports
(D) professional development necessary to assist teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, other staff, and parents in identifying and meeting the comprehensive needs of eligible children.

Title I
Part D

Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk

Sec. 1414, State Plan and State Agency Applications:
(A) Professional development for teachers and staff

Sec. 1423, Local Educational Agency Applications:
(C) Coordination of health and social services for such children, including day care, drug and alcohol counseling, and mental health services.

Title II
Part A

ESEA Section 2101

(1) increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools

Title IV
Part A

This Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) fund

supports well-rounded education for all students.
Under SSAE, Section 4108 funds can be used for programs that support student health and wellness, and professional development training for teachers and staff. Safe and Healthy Students (ESEA Section 4108) :
• Implementing programs that support a healthy, active lifestyle (nutritional and physical education)
• Developing relationship building skills to help improve safety through the recognition and prevention of coercion, violence, or abuse

Title IV
Part B

This fund provides resources for 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Sec. 4201:

(2) Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, art, music, and recreation programs, technology education programs, and character education programs, that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students

Title VI
Part B

The Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP)

helps rural districts use Federal resources to improve instruction and academic achievement. REAP includes two programs: Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) and Rural and Low-Income Schools (RLIS). Activities and programs authorized under Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title III; and Title IV, Part A or B also qualify under Title VI Part B.

Additional Funds

Part B


• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, Sec. 611
• Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part B, Sec. 619


Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR)

Section 4611 of ESSA: “provides funding to: create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations.”



On the Fundsnetservices database, you can search for a wide variety of grants sorted by states.

Federal Grants

Federal Grants

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

Fund For

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 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.

The Awesome

The Awesome Foundation

A global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.



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.

Maryland Community Schools Concentration of Poverty Grant

Maryland Community Schools Concentration of Poverty Grant

Community schools work in collaboration with community partners, local governments, and other stakeholders to identify and address structural and institutional barriers to achievement. Community schools provide a wide array of wraparound services that enhance student’s ability to be successful.
Md. Code, Educ. § 5-223- Concentration of Poverty School Grant Program
(1) Each eligible school shall use the per pupil grant to provide wraparound services and other programs and services identified in the eligible school's needs assessment plan.
The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future includes the following wraparound services:
• Enhancing behavioral health services, including access to mental health practitioners and providing professional development to school staff to provide trauma-informed interventions
• Improving the learning environment at the school