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Frequently Asked Funding Questions

1. What types of funding do others use to purchase your programs?

Schools often use general funds, operating budgets, and grants. Your district or school might already have funds available for prevention programs, so you might want to check with your prevention coordinator or district office as a first step. If there aren’t district funds available, educators often use money from community sources, private companies and foundations, or federal funds.

2. Do you know of funding in my area?

We don’t have information on funding for specific geographic areas. You may want to try searching the Fundsnet website, a database of private funding by state, which might provide further ideas for funding sources.

3. Which specific funds cover your programs?

It’s impossible to say with certainty that a specific fund will cover our programs in every instance. However educators have had success funding our programs with money from:

  • Title I, Parts A and C
  • Title II, Part A
  • Title IV, Part A
  • Title VI, Part B
  • Title VIII, Impact Aid
  • Head Start

Educators have also had success with funding from community organizations, companies, and foundations. Go to our Funding Matrix to learn more about what programs are available in your state and how those programs apply to your school.

4. What are “the lists,” and is Second Step on them?

“The lists” include programs endorsed by various government and nongovernment organizations. Some districts and funders will only fund programs on these lists. Second Step has received several endorsements and is on the lists.

5. How do I apply for funding from Committee for Children?

Committee for Children is a nonprofit organization, and we can’t provide funding to purchase our programs.

6. Do you have any tips for writing specific grants?

Visit our grant-writing toolkit.

7. Do you have any sample wording I can use to apply for a grant?

Several pages on this site offer wording that you might find helpful in writing a grant proposal for our programs. These pages are listed in our grant-writing toolkit. It might also be helpful to include wording on how social-emotional learning supports academic achievement in general. In addition, we have a “talking points” list for Second Step SEL and the Bullying Prevention Unit that contains some wording to help get you started.

8. Do you have research citations I can use in my grant application?

There are research studies available on most of our programs, complete with references and citations:

9. I need to measure the impact of my program for a specific grant. Do you have evaluation tools?

Yes! Evaluation tools for Second Step can be found on our Student Assessment page. Tools for the Steps to Respect program and the 2002 edition of Second Step can be found in our free downloads.