SEL4CA Micro-grants

Applications Open July 20

The SEL4CA Micro-grant program directly funds educators to support student and educator social emotional learning and well-being.

We know educators often pay from their own pocket to create a classroom environment conducive to learning and supportive of student wellbeing.

This micro-grant program supports educators implementing evidence-based social and emotional learning practices and resources in their classrooms, as well as those looking to enrich their existing SEL programming and/or enhance their own professional learning and adult SEL skill development.

How It Works

SEL4CA will release a Request for Proposals annually from California educators. All K-12 California educators (not limited to classroom teachers) are eligible and encouraged to apply, including school counselors and social workers, student wellness/wellbeing educators & staff, and school/district admin.

Free SEL4CA membership is required.

Projects we fund can range from supporting the implementation or enrichment of evidence-based SEL practices, curricula and resources, as well as supporting educator training opportunities for evidence-based professional learning and development to enhance SEL practices.

All proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by the SEL4CA Leadership and Advisory Team to determine those who will receive funding.

Funding levels and the number of recipients will vary year to year depending on available funds and sponsors. Micro-grants will range from $100 – $1,000 each. Individual educators may apply for $100-$500 in grant funding. School/district administrators may apply for $500-$1,000 in grant funding for evidence-based school/district-wide projects.

Grant recipients will be required to submit project updates and outcomes to show the impact of the grant. Updates may include photos, videos, and/or written summaries or other documentation from the educator and/or students.

* Applicants not selected for funding may still receive gift cards for supplies and resources to support SEL efforts.

Application Process and Timeline

  • July 20, 2024: Request for Proposal – application window open
  • August 15, 2024: Deadline to submit proposal
  • September 1, 2024: Recipients announced
  • January 30, 2025: Grant recipients – deadline to submit progress report, brief write up along with photo/video artifacts (to be highlighted during SEL Day/Week in March)
  • June 30th: Final impact report due

Applications Open July 20