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Basic Funding Streams: What Funding Should You Be Looking For?

Your Action Team and allies should regularly monitor the multiple funding authorities and streams at the local, state, and federal levels that either currently finance, or are authorized to finance, initiatives related to child development and universal prevention. For example:

Local funding sources

  • Education funding governed by the local school board
  • Funds governed by County commissioners, city councils, or other taxing authority
  • County block grants
  • Local tax levies

State funding sources

  • State Aid to Education (called by different names in different states)
  • Three-tiered behavioral interventions
  • State implementation of Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • Targeted programs such as bullying or violence prevention initiatives or school climate programs
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) block grants
  • Medicaid, including for restructuring

Federal funding sources

  • Federal Title I and Title II grants, as well as other ESEA-funded (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) programs
  • Safe Schools/Healthy Students Grants
  • SAMHSA Systems of Care or Project Launch Grants
  • Community Transformation Grants under ACA
  • Maternal and Child Health Grants
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Grants

See the chapter “Financing and Funding for SEL Initiatives” by Dr. Olga Acosta Price in the Handbook of Social and Emotional Learning: Research and Practice for more information on the funding sources mentioned above.



Use the available templates for download in the Tools and Resources section to organize information regarding existing funding streams.



Updated June 2015

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