Funding for SEL Programs

Funding Sources for SEL Programs

We know school budgets are tight and finding the funds to meet demands throughout the school year can be difficult! While Peekapak offers stories and select lessons for free, in order to receive the full benefit of Peekapak’s social-emotional learning program, we recommend upgrading to Peekapak PRO. To help make this a reality, we’ve compiled a list of different options for funding for SEL programs, like Peekapak.

As suggested by CASEL’s funding guide, first search for funding options close to home then expand to district budgets. Examples of funding sources may include:

  • General operating funds at the school or district level
  • Professional development funds
  • Parent-teacher associations
  • School district foundations – a comprehensive list of school foundations by state can be found here
  • Community initiatives and organizations interested in the development of social- emotional learning in schools

If you have exhausted school and district funding options, here are a few government and private funding options that might come in handy.

Government Funding for SEL Programs

Skills for Success: The U.S. Department of Education recently announced this new grant supporting students’ non-cognitive skills development, such as growth mindset (the focus of Peekapak’s story on perseverance). Click here for more information.

Preschool Development Grants: These grants come in two forms (development and expansion grants) and provide funding to support states in the development and maintenance of high-quality preschool programs. Click here for more information.

For more information on government grants, visit this link.

Private Funding for SEL Programs

Sprint Foundation: A funding option supporting K-12 education with a focus on character-education initiatives. For eligibility and application deadlines click here.

PledgeCents: Peekapak has partnered with PledgeCents to help teachers crowdfund the cost of purchasing a Peekapak PRO license. Click here for more information.

Two additional resources suggested by fellow teachers are GetEdFunding (click here) and grants.gov (click here). These are especially useful when customizing searches to meet specific needs – e.g., according to grade level, state, subject areas, etc.

We hope you found this helpful!


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Ami Shah is a Co-Founder & CEO of Peekapak, an edtech startup that teaches social-emotional learning skills like self-regulation, empathy and team work in the class and home. Peekapak is backed by; Silicon Valley based accelerator, Imagine K12, the Edtech vertical of Y Combinator and; the Unreasonable Institute.

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