Funding for Schools

AmeriCorps State and National Competitive Grants

Provides competitive funding to organizations that engage AmeriCorps members to build capacity, expand services, and help communities address their needs through service and volunteer activities. Focuses on the following areas: COVID-19 recovery, racial inequality, child poverty, economic opportunity, Economic Mobility Corps, education, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries, faith-based organizations, and healthy futures. Healthy futures emphasizes service projects related to substance use and prescription drug misuse through education, prevention, and recovery efforts to address the opioid crisis. Supports evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions, practices, and program models.

Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2021
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps State Formula Grants

Awards formula funding through a governor-appointed state or territory service commission to organizations that engage AmeriCorps members to build capacity, expand services, and help communities address their needs through service and volunteer activities. Focuses service projects on six areas: economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, rural intermediaries, faith-based organizations, and healthy futures. Includes service projects related to substance use and prescription drug misuse. Supports evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions, practices, and program models.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program

Provides grants and direct loans to assist rural areas with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing equipment, paying for related project costs, and purchasing, improving, or constructing essential community facilities. Examples of essential community facilities include healthcare facilities, public facilities, community support services, public safety services, educational services, utility services, and local food systems.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
E-Rate Program: The Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism

Offers discounts to help schools and libraries with costs towards eligible data transmission services, internet access, internal connections, managed internal broadband services, and basic maintenance of internal connections.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Economic Impact Initiative Grants

Offers grants to assist rural areas facing extreme unemployment and economic decline with the development of essential community facilities, including purchasing, constructing, and improving eligible facilities. Aims to promote public safety, lower taxes, and increase economic and community development by helping manufacturers and other businesses build or grow their operations in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants for School Food Authorities

Provides funding to schools and local educational agencies participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to purchase equipment necessary to operate school food programs. Helps schools obtain equipment of $1,000 or more that will enable them to serve healthier meals and improve food safety for students. Funds may also be used to establish, maintain, or expand a school breakfast program.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)

Creates community learning centers to run after-school programs for students in high-poverty or low-performing schools. Provides academic programs to help students meet standards in core academic subjects, like math and reading, along with a variety of enrichment programs, such as drug and violence prevention programs. Funding is awarded to states, who distribute grants locally through state grant competitions.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Title IV, Part A Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program

Provides students with improved access to a well-rounded education, better school conditions for student learning, and increased use of technology to raise academic achievement and digital literacy. Includes alcohol and drug education and prevention efforts as well as professional development and training for school personnel and community members to identify and address substance abuse.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Program Inactive

Provides funds to organizations to engage and manage individuals aged 55 and older for service projects implementing evidence-based programs and models to strengthen communities. Focuses on capacity building in six focus areas: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families. Prioritizes funding for nine topics, including access to care for opioid abuse. Seeks to prevent or reduce prescription drug and opioid abuse through health education and increasing healthcare access. Offers seniors a variety of service activities and flexible work commitments, ranging from a few hours to a maximum of forty hours per week.

Application Deadline: Sep 3, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program (FASLP) Inactive

Provides funding to enhance or expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives, especially in underserved areas. Seeks to improve food quality and children's nutrition and promote knowledge of agriculture by engaging schools directly with local and regional agricultural producers and other parts of the food system.

Application Deadline: Jun 4, 2020
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) Inactive

Makes federal funding available through two initiatives to rural school districts that may have difficulty receiving awards through competitive grants due to a lack of resources. Each initiative supports student achievement and provides not only basic school programs, such as enhancing curriculum or instruction in schools, but also a range of student support and enrichment activities and services, which may include substance abuse education and prevention programs.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
AmeriCorps Indian Tribes Grants Inactive

Engages AmeriCorps members in evidence-based or evidence-informed interventions to strengthen American Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the Healthy Futures priority to reduce and prevent substance abuse and suicide. Emphasizes activities to increase protective factors that build resiliency and connectedness in individuals and communities to enhance self-esteem and cultural identity, reduce stress, and develop coping and problem-solving skills.

Application Deadline: May 6, 2020
Sponsor: AmeriCorps
Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative Inactive

Expands existing mentoring services and activities for youth ages 17 or younger at risk for juvenile delinquency, victimization, and justice system involvement. Supports various mentoring approaches, such as one-on-one, group, or peer mentoring, provided in informal, school, or program-based settings, giving special priority to services for youth impacted by opioids. Utilizes mentoring to reduce risk factors and problem behaviors, such as poor school attendance and performance or alcohol and drug use, and works to provide young people opportunities for personal growth and development.

Application Deadline: Apr 13, 2020
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Native Connections) Inactive

Aims to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian and Alaska Native youth through age 24. Develops and implements integrated mental health, trauma, and suicide and substance use prevention services and facilitates collaboration and coordination between organizations and agencies providing services to tribal youth and their families.

Application Deadline: Dec 10, 2019
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
School Climate Transformation Grant – Local Educational Agency Grants (SCTG-LEA) Program Inactive

Enhances school climate, creating safer, healthier, more engaging and supportive environments for students. Supports the development and implementation of programs using evidence-based multi-tiered frameworks to improve learning conditions and behavioral outcomes and provides training and technical assistance to schools. Prioritizes local educational agencies (LEAs) in rural and tribal areas and gives competitive preference to projects that address the prevention and the impacts of opioid abuse.

Application Deadline: Jul 22, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Project Prevent Grant Program Inactive

Funds to create school-based programs to help students affected by exposure to violence. Addresses the physical and emotional harms that can impact students' lives long-term and affect academic progress and school safety. Provides students access to counseling and mental health services as well as conflict resolution and other strategies to prevent future violence.

Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)
Full-Service Community Schools (FSCS) Program Inactive

Funds new full-service community schools (FSCS) programs or further development to existing programs, which includes support for planning, implementation, operation, and coordination for programs in high poverty urban and rural areas. FSCS programs provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students' family members, and community members that are designed to improve education outcomes for children.

Letter of Intent (Optional): Mar 18, 2019
Application Deadline: Apr 15, 2019
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)