Funding Sources

There are a number of funding sources that can be used to provide our software to your students.

To increase your chances of a successful bid or application, we have put together the following information on some of those sources.

Competitive Funding:

A competitive/discretionary grant awards funds on the basis of a competitive process.

The applicant must design the proposal, and the funding department will review and rank the proposals. The review procedure gives the department the option to determine which applications best address the program’s purpose and requirements, and are therefore most deserving of funding.

Current Competitive Grants

For a list of all (current) competitive grants, please visit: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html.

Assistive Technology (Act)

The Assistive Technology Act makes assistive technology devices and services more available and accessible to individuals with disabilities, and their families. Each state has an Assistive Technology program. Find yours by clicking the link below.

Program Link: http://www.ataporg.org/programs

Special Education – National Activities – Technology and Media Services

The purpose of this program is to support children with disabilities by promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology in the classroom setting.

Program Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/oseptms/index.html

Demonstration and Training Programs

The program is designed to increase and improve the provision of rehabilitation and other services.

Program Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/demotrain/index.html

Impact Aid

This program provides financial support to school districts affected by federal activities. Payments are generally deposited in eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) general fund accounts and are used for basic operating costs within the LEA, including books and supplies.

Program Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/8007b/index.html

School Improvement Grants

School Improvement Grants are awarded to schools on a competitive basis that are in need of improvement (eligible schools must receive Title I, Part A funds).

Program Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html

Investing in Innovation Fund (i3)

The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

Program Link: https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/

Private Grants and Other Funding Sources

If you are interested in finding out more about Private Grants and other funding sources, we would recommend that you visit Sheryl Abshire’s website and CDW-G’s GetEdFunding website for additional funding resources

Non-Competitive (Federal Entitlement) Programs:

Federal Entitlement Programs allocate funds from the US Department of Education to State Education Agencies, which are in turn distributed to school districts.

Title I

This program provides financial assistance to school districts to ensure that all students, including those who are considered most at-risk, will be provided with a high-quality education allowing them to meet challenging state academic standards.

Program Link: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html

Title III – English Language Learners

The Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students program aims to ensure English language learners (ELL) and immigrant students attain English language proficiency and meet the same challenging state standards required of all students.

Program Link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg39.html

IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides services to children with special needs. IDEA entitles all students with special needs the tools they need to access a quality education appropriate to their individual needs.

Program Link: https://sites.ed.gov/idea/

Title IV, Part B – 21st Century Community Learning Centers

This program supports community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours, intended to help students meet state standards in core academic subjects, including literacy.

Program Link: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html

Title IV, Part A - Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

The newly enacted bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes a flexible block grant program under Title IV, Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. Title IV, Part A authorizes activities in three broad areas:

  • Providing students with a well-rounded education (e.g. STEM, arts, civics, IB/AP, health and physical education).
  • Supporting safe and healthy students (e.g. school mental health, drug and violence prevention, training on trauma informed practices, health and physical education).
  • Supporting the effective use of technology (e.g. professional development, blended learning, technology devices). This section makes up 60% of the funding allocation, and only 15% can be used on infrastructure. In other words, a great opportunity to source funding for software and apps.

Program Link: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essassaegrantguid10212016.pdf

Title VI – Rural and Low-Income School Program

This program provides assistance to rural and low-income districts to help them meet their state’s definition of adequate yearly progress (AYP). Funds can be used to purchase educational technology, including software.

Program Link: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/reaprlisp/index.html