Funding Opportunities

Our commitment to student achievement includes helping educators to understand, identify, and navigate the complex world of education funding. Reading Plus analyzes state and federal funding guidelines and opportunities for 3–12 education and meets federal and state guidelines for numerous funding sources.

Federal Funding

Federal funds are distributed to state and local education agencies following a prescribed formula, also known as formula funds—any of which may be used to purchase Reading Plus.

Stimulus Funds ProgramProgram Focus
CARES Act: ESSER, GEER fundsEducation and technology during COVID-19
CRRSA Act: ESSER II fundsLearning loss and technology during COVID-19
Federal Funds ProgramProgram Focus
Title I, Part A: Education for the Disadvantaged Schools with high percentage of students in poverty
Title I, Part C: Migrant Education Program Migrant education and immigration education
Title I, Part D: Neglected and Delinquent Programs Neglected, delinquent or at-risk students
Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective InstructionProfessional development
Title III: English Language Acquisition English language learners
Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic EnrichmentWell-rounded education, student support
Title V, Part B: REAP and SRSARural and small rural education
Title V: Carl Perkins ActCareer and technical education
Title VI: Indian EducationAmerican Indian and Alaska Native education
Title VII: Impact AidSchools on federal land or with federally disconnected students
Title X, Part A: McKinney-Vento Homeless AssistanceHomeless and foster students
IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)Special education for children with disabilities
Johnson O’Malley Act, Bureau of Indian AffairsAmerican Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) academic support

Private Foundation

Private Funds ProgramProgram Focus
Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants
Must be in a Dollar General Store community
Student literacy – up to $4k February application release date
Dollar General Summer Reading Grants
Must be in a Dollar General Store community.
Summer reading – up to $3k February application due date
Foundation for Rural Service Community Grant for Education (Rural Broadband Association)Microgrants for classroom curriculum and/or technology, $250-$5,000. Spring application.
CrowdfundingProgram Focus
DonorsChooseDraws upon national network of donors for any classroom purchase or activity

State Sub-Grants

Some federal funds are available through a competitive process. Each state education agency has its own list of grants available for district-level education programs.

State Grants of Federal FundsProgram Focus
Comprehensive Literacy State Development (CLSD) and
Striving Readers Grant
Select states only, annual competitive applications for specific use to advance literacy skills from birth to 12th grade.
Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning CentersAnnual competitive applications for academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children.
GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate ProgramsCompetitive state or partnership grants for 6-year programs to facilitate college entry for low-income students

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