As we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, social emotional learning is a top priority for schools and districts. Students, educators and their families are living through the trauma of COVID19, and there is more uncertainty ahead as educational leaders continue to figure out a safe way to return to school.
One of the biggest barriers to providing universal SEL supports can be funding, but it doesn’t have to be. There are new options available to secure funding for SEL next year:
Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant Programs
The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education is awarding grants up to $6 million, with a maximum of 10 grants to be awarded. The deadline to apply is June 12. Double-check your eligibility and apply here.
Education Innovation and Research Competition
The U.S. Department of Education published a notice in the Federal Register inviting applicants for the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program’s mid-phase competition. Social emotional learning is a funding priority this year! The deadline to apply is June 15. Learn more here.
Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund
States will be receiving additional funding after Congress set aside approximately $3 billion for the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEERF). This funding will impact each state differently. Learn more here.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund
Additionally, Congress allocated approximately $13.2 billion to be awarded to State educational agencies “for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs), including charter schools that are LEAs, with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the Nation.” This funding will also impact each state differently. Learn more here.
We hope these funding avenues help you as you explore options for financial support with your district teams. Our team is here to help guide you as you plan to support your students and families with social emotional learning for the 2020-21 school year! Contact our team today.