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Available Now: Learn More About Federal Funding for SEL Programs

Funding for Second Step

We hear frequently from current and potential Second Step clients asking how they can get funding for our programs. Our Second Step K–5 Suite of research-based curricula—including Second Step Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Bullying Prevention Unit, and Child Protection Unit—all meet federal funding eligibility standards and other state and local grant requirements. Districts, schools, and individual educators are encouraged to use the following resources to help secure funds to purchase and implement Second Step. We’re happy to provide these tools to help you get what your students deserve and are entitled to receive.

Federal Funding and Second Step SEL

Second Step Social-Emotional Learning aligns with several federal funding sources. Each school’s situation and state allocations will vary, so we’ve broken down federal funding allocations by state and detailed how each of them works for Second Step SEL.

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Funding Allocations and Program Descriptions

This online, printable document is packed with information about federal funding sources and state-by-state allocations of funds.

State-by-State Funding Allocation Matrix (PDF)
Federal Funding Sources with Descriptions (PDF)

Federal Programs

The following federal funding sources can apply to our programs.
IDEA—Special Education Grants to States
Title I, Part A—Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
Title I, Part C—Migrant Education
Title I, Part D—Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
Title II, Part II—Supporting Effective Instruction (Teacher Training and Teacher Retention)
Title IV, Part A—Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grants
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 1—Small, Rural School Grant Program
Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2—Rural and Low-Income School Program
Title VIII—Impact Aid
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Promoting Student Resilience

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Federal Funding Landscape Webinar

We worked with Red Rock Reports to create an on-demand presentation to help you understand what’s new and noteworthy in federal funding. The presentation covers new and discontinued programs, details the transition from ESEA to ESSA, and includes best practices for successful grant applications. See the Federal Funding for SEL Webinar

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State and Community Funding Resources

Federal funding is just one option for schools for SEL programs. State and community funds can often meet schools’ specific needs. For a list of state programs and their funding allocations, visit our state-by-state Federal Allocations and Program Descriptions. Learn More About Community Funds

Funding Application Resources

Grant-Writing Toolkit

Applying for SEL funding can be challenge, but we’re here to help. Our Grant-Writing Toolkit provides current and new Second Step clients with the resources to complete grants to fund the purchase of our programs, including:

  • Program Scope and Sequence
  • Program Review of Research
  • Head Start Alignment Chart
  • Program costs

See the Grant-Writing Toolkit

Grant Proposal Talking Points and Resources

If you’re developing a grant proposal to fund the purchase of any part of our Second Step K–5 Suite, use these talking points as a starting place! Here you’ll find details that’ll help you write your needs statement and useful copy to help you describe your goals and objectives, budget, and evaluation plan.
Get the Grant Proposal Talking Points

Student Assessment Tools

Assessing students’ progress can play a significant role in providing evidence-based information in your grant application process. Second Step has partnerships with several reputable resources that enable teachers, administrators, and district-level stakeholders to administer and score assessments before and after Second Step implementation.
Learn More About Student Assessment Tools


We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked funding questions that contains information specific to Second Step, third-party links, and more details that will help you complete your funding application successfully.
Read the FAQ

Head Start

Evidence-based Second Step SEL brings social-emotional learning (SEL) to your Head Start classroom. Our Head Start page details how our SEL curriculum supports Head Start and includes videos, an alignment chart, and success stories.
Learn About Head Start and Second Step SEL

Alignment Charts

Second Step alignment charts show how our program lines up with other programs and standards, including academic standards for early learning through grade 8, CASEL, Head Start, Restorative Practices, Trauma-Informed Practices, and more.
Get Second Step Alignment Charts

Making the Case for SEL

Studies show that teaching social-emotional learning skills to children has positive, long-term benefits they can use in and out of the classroom.
Learn More About SEL Research

Thank you for your interest in purchasing Second Step. Our team of experts is here to assist you during the purchasing process and support you during implementation and throughout the school year.

If you’ve got questions, be sure to check our FAQ page. If you can’t find your answer there, contact us at

“The Lists”

“The lists” include programs endorsed by government and nongovernment organizations. Some districts and funders will only fund programs on these lists. Read more.

Other Resources

The CASEL District Resource Center is a website created by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning consisting of guidance and practical tools to help districts and schools systemically implement practices that promote social-emotional learning (SEL). The site’s collection of resources may be helpful for educators, community leaders, or policymakers interested in implementing SEL systemically in their schools. lists formula and discretionary grant opportunities from 26 federal agencies.

Forecast of Funding lists programs and competitions to which the Department of Education has invited or expects to invite applications.’s How to Write Grant Proposals has thorough guidelines for each section of a grant proposal.

Grantionary has a list of grant-related terms and their definitions.

Show Me the Money: Tips and Resources for Successful Grant Writing offers grant-writing tips from Education World.

Fundsnet Services is a database of private funding by state.