Helping Kids Mini Grant Program

Helping Kids Mini Grant Program

This program helps public school districts meet urgent health, mental health, education and social service needs that impact children and their families.

Highlands County Elementary Students
The School Board of Highlands County in Sebring, Florida, a 2023 grant recipient, is using the funds to provide support to elementary schools in the district by assisting students who have been trauma-affected and need additional care through counseling, mentoring, and positive social interaction.

Since 2012, AASA and Sourcewell, our government cooperative procurement partner, have joined forces to bring the Helping Kids Mini Grant Program to AASA members, who are also Sourcewell account holders, to assist districts with specific needs.

The mini grants have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to natural disaster relief. This year, there is $42,000 in grant funding to help with technology equity in education, connectivity, and learning in this digital world.

Thank you to Sourcewell, AASA's Government Cooperative Procurement Partner, for its continuing support of AASA and the mini grant program.

Sourcewell and AASA

To be considered, the grant applicant must:

  1. Be a current AASA member in good standing.
  2. Be part of a school district with a registered Sourcewell account. Sourcewell account registration is free with no obligation to purchase.
    • To check if your school district has a registered account with Sourcewell or to retrieve your Sourcewell account ID, please click here.
    • To create a free registered account with no obligation to buy, click here.

Sourcewell offers accounts to all government agencies, public and private schools/colleges, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit


Applications closed at 11:59pm ET on Sunday, November 12, 2023.

Please note: AASA and Sourcewell may decide to waive applications and award grants based on urgent needs due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. natural disasters).

From 2023 Grant Awardees:

Some of our students cannot access text due to a reading disability, so we have decided to use the funding to purchase Reading Pens. Especially post-pandemic, we have students in intermediate and junior high, who are in content-heavy classes like science and social studies, who cannot read at the level the content demands. Our students will have a pen and earbuds and be able to scan the text and have it read to them, which will allow them to be fully included and independent in these classes. Thanks so much for your generosity! This is a purchase we would otherwise have been unable to make.

Kadee Anstadt, Superintendent/CEO, Washington Local Schools (Ohio)
Past Grant Recipients

2023: $108,000 in funds were distributed to 35 school districts across the country and have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to disaster relief. Read More

2022: 23 Grants of $3,500 were given to districts and have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to disaster relief. Read More

2021: 32 grants of $2,500 were given to districts to address urgent equity, connectivity and virtual learning needs of individual students and their families. Read More

2020: 6 grants of $2,500 were given to districts impacted by natural disasters and grants of the same value were given to 22 other districts for other important needs. Read More


In 2019, grants of $2,000 each were given to 22 hurricane and wildfire-affected school districts and one foundation.

Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District, Newman, CA
Superintendent: Randy Fillpot

Franklin County School, Eastpoint, FL
Superintendent: Traci Moses

Baker County K12 School, Newton, GA
Superintendent: Roy G. Brooks

Calhoun County School District, Morgan, GA
Superintendent: Shereca R. Harvey

Miller County Schools, Colquitt, GA
Superintendent: James Phillips

Terrell County Schools, Dawson, GA
Superintendent: Robert D. Aaron

Thomas County School District, Thomasville, GA
Superintendent: Lisa Williams

East Peoria CHSD 309, East Peoria, IL
Superintendent: Marjorie Greuter

Indian Prairie School District 204, Aurora, IL
Superintendent: Karen Sullivan

Intermediate District 287, Plymouth, MN
Superintendent: Sandra Lewandowsi

Rockwood School District, Eureka, MO
Superintendent: Eric D. Knost

Guilford County Schools, Greensboro, NC
Superintendent: Sharon Contreras

Pender County Schools, Burgaw, NC
Superintendent: Steven Hill

Nashua School District, Nashua, NH
Superintendent: Jahmal Mosley

Gouverneur Central School District, Gouverneur, NY
Superintendent: Lauren French

Crooksville Exempted Village School District, Crooksville, OH
Superintendent: Matthew L. Sheridan

Bristol Township School District, Levittown, PA
Superintendent: Melanie Gehrens

Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22, Doylestown, PA
Superintendent: Mark Hoffman

Centennial School District, Warminster, PA
Superintendent: David E. Baugh

Galena Park Independent School District, Houston, TX
Superintendent: Angi M. Williams

Vancouver Public Schools, Vancouver, WA
Superintendent: Steven T. Webb

Cadott Community Schools, Cadott, WI
Superintendent: Jenny Starck


In 2018, grants of $2,000 each were given to 28 hurricane-affected school districts in Texas and Florida.


Collier County Public Schools
Superintendent: Kamela K. Patton

Duvall County Public Schools
Superintendent: Patricia S. Willis

Hillsborough County Public Schools
Superintendent: Jeff Eakins

Lee County School District
Superintendent: Gregory K. Adkins

School District of Manatee County
Superintendent: Rick Mills

Monroe County School District
Superintendent: Mark T. Porter

Pinellas County Schools
Superintendent: Michael Grego

Sarasota County Public Schools
Superintendent: Todd Bowden


Aldine Independent School District
Superintendent: Wanda Bamberg

Aransas County Independent School District
Superintendent: Joseph T. Patek

Aransas Pass Independent School District
Superintendent: Mark Kemp

Beaumont Independent School District
Superintendent: John Frossard

Clear Creek Independent School District
Superintendent: Greg Smith

Corpus Christi Independent School District
Superintendent: Roland Hernandez

Crosby Independent School District
Superintendent: Keith Moore

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District
Superintendent: Mark Henry

Galena Park ISD
Superintendent: Angi Williams

Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District
Superintendent: Randal O'Brien

Gregory-Portland Independent School District
Superintendent: Paul Clore

Huffman Independent School District
Superintendent: Benny Soileau

Ingleside ISD
Superintendent: Troy Craig

Mircovich Pasadena Independent School District
Superintendent: DeeAnn Powell

Port Aransas Independent School District
Superintendent: Sharon McKinney

Spring Branch Independent School District
Superintendent: Joe Scott

Muri Spring Independent School District
Superintendent: Rodney Watson

Taft Independent School District
Superintendent: Joe Lopez

Tuloso-Midway Independent School District
Superintendent: Suzanne Nelson

Refugio Independent School District
Superintendent: Melissa Gonzales


In 2017, 28 mini grants were awarded.

Region 1:

Bethel School District (Spanaway, Wash.)
Superintendent: Thomas Seigel

Hydaburg City School District (Hydaburg, Alaska)
Superintendent: Lauren Burch

Milpitas Unified School District (Milpitas, Calif.)
Superintendent: Cheryl Jordan

Willamina School District (Willamina, Ore.)
Superintendent: Carrie Zimbrick

Region 2:

Creighton School District No. 14 (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Superintendent: Donna W. Lewis

El Dorado Public Schools-USD 490 (El Dorado, Kan.)
Superintendent: Sue Givens

Spring Independent School District (Houston, Texas)
Superintendent: Rodney E. Watson

Taos Municipal Schools (Taos, N.M.)
Superintendent: Lillian Torrez

Region 3:

Bellevue Public Schools (Bellevue, Neb.)
Superintendent: Jeff Rippe

Crete Public Schools (Crete, Neb.)
Superintendent: Mike Waters

Ecorse Public Schools (Ecorse, Mich.)
Superintendent: Thomas Parker

Walker Hackensack Akeley School District (Walker, Minn.)
Superintendent: Eric Pingrey

Region 4:

Cook County School District 130 (Blue Island, Ill.)
Superintendent: Tina Halliman

East Dubuque School District (East Dubuque, Ill.)
Superintendent: Tori Lindeman

Grandview C-4 School District (Grandview, Mo.)
Superintendent: Kenny Rodrequez

Jennings School District (Jennings, Mo.)
Superintendent: Art McCoy

Region 5:

Cleveland School District (Cleveland, Miss.)
Superintendent: Jacquelyn C. Thigpen

Colbert County Schools (Tuscumbia, Ala.)
Superintendent: Gale Satchel

Lexington City Schools (Lexington, N.C.)
Superintendent: Richard Kriesky

Tarrant City Schools (Tarrant, Ala.)
Superintendent: Shelly N. Mize

Region 6:

Central Greene School District (Waynesburg, Pa.)
Superintendent: Brian T. Uplinger

Ridley School District (Folsom, Pa.)
Superintendent: Lee Ann Wentzel

Roselle Public Schools (Roselle, N.J.)
Superintendent: Kevin West

York Suburban School District (York, Pa.)
Superintendent: Michele Merkle

Region 7:

East Providence Public Schools (East Providence, R.I.)
Superintendent: Kathryn Crowley

Milford Public Schools (Milford, Conn.)
Superintendent: Kevin McIntyre

Maine School Administrative District #1 (Presque Isle, Maine)
Superintendent: Brian M. Carpenter

Newport Public Schools (Newport, R.I.)
Superintendent: Colleen Burns Jermain


In 2016, 28 mini grants were awarded.

Region 1:

Franklin Pierce School District (Tacoma, Wash.)
Superintendent: Frank Hewins

Vancouver School District #37 (Vancouver, Wash.)
Superintendent: Steven Webb

Moses Lake School District (Moses Lake, Wash.)
Superintendent: Michelle Price

Ridgefield School District (Ridgefield, Wash.)
Superintendent: Nathan McCann

Region 2:

Washington Elementary School District (Glendale, Ariz.)
Superintendent: Paul Stanton

Yuma School District One (Yuma, Ariz.)
Superintendent: Darwin J. Stiffler

Marana Unified School District (Marana, Ariz.)
Superintendent: Doug Wilson

Central Consolidated School District (Shiprock, N.M.)
Superintendent: Colleen Bowman

Region 3:

Rapid City Area Schools (Rapid City, S.D.)
Superintendent: Tim Mitchell

Intermediate District 287 (Plymouth, Minn.);
Superintendent: Sandra Lewandowski

School District of Luck (Luck, Wis.);
Superintendent: Christopher J. Schultz

Brainerd Public Schools - ISD #0181-01 (Barinerd, Minn.)
Superintendent: Robert Gross

Region 4:

Cook County School District 130 (Blue Island, Ill.)
Superintendent: Tina Halliman

Barren County Public Schools (Glasgow, Ky.)
Superintendent: Bo Matthews

Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, Ky.)
Superintendent: Donna M. Hargens

Riverview Gardens School District (St. Louis, Mo.)
Superintendent: Scott Spurgeon

Region 5:

Hillsborough County Public Schools (Tampa, Fl.)
Superintendent: Jeff Eakins

Sylacauga City Schools (Sylacauga, Ala.)
Superintendent: Todd Freeman

Clarke County School District (Athens, Ga.)
Superintendent: Philip Lanoue

Fairfax County Public Schools (Fairfax County, Va.)
Superintendent: Karen K. Garza

Region 6:

Long Branch Public Schools (Long Branch, N.J.)
Superintendent: Michael Salvatore

Northwestern Lehigh School District (New Tripoli, Pa.)
Superintendent: Mary Anne Wright

Warren County School District (Warren, Pa.)
Superintendent: William A. Clark

School District of Lancaster (Lancaster, Pa.)
Superintendent: Damaris Rau

Region 7:

Fitchburg Public Schools (Fitchburg, Mass.)
Superintendent: Andre Ravenelle

Roosevelt Union Free School District (Hempstead, N.Y.)
Superintendent: Marnie Hazelton

Wareham Public Schools (Wareham, Mass.)
Superintendent: Kimberly Shaver-Hood

Orleans Central Supervisory Union (Barton, Vt.)
Superintendent: Donald Van Nostrand


In 2015, 14 mini grants were awarded.

South Lane School District (Cottage Grove, Ore.)
Superintendent: Krista Parent

Mountain View School District (Ontario, Calif.)
Superintendent: Lillian Maldonado French

West Ada School District (Meridian, Idaho)
Superintendent: Linda Clark

Long Prairie Grey Eagle Public Schools (Long Prairie, Minn.)
Superintendent: Jon Kringen

Colon Community Schools (Colin, Mich.)
Superintendent: Vic Bugni

Fort Wayne Community Schools (Ft. Wayne, Ind.)
Superintendent: Wendy Robinson

Schiller Park School District (Schiller Park, Ill.)
Director of Communications: Kathy Brant

Lawrence County Schools (Moulton, Ala.)
Superintendent: Heath Grimes

Savanah-Chatham County Public Schools (Savannah, Ga.)
Superintendent: Thomas B. Lockamy

Hillsborough County Public Schools (Tampa, Fla.)
Superintendent: MaryEllen Elia

Warren County School District (Russell, Pa.)
Executive Director, Second Harvest: Karen Seggi

Quakertown Community School District (Quakertown, Pa.)
Superintendent: William Harner

Malverne UFSD (Malverne, N.Y.)
Superintendent: James H. Hunderfund

Torrington Public Schools, (Torrington, Ct.)
Superintendent: Cheryl F. Kloczko


In 2014, seven mini grants were awarded and the funds were used to furnish items such as food and clothing and in some instances, temporary housing stipends.

  • Auburn-Washington Unified School District (Topeka, Kan.)
  • East St. Louis School District (East St. Louis, Ill.)
  • Franklin Pierce School District (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Grenada School District (Grenada, Miss.)
  • Long Branch Public Schools (Long Branch, N.J.)
  • Meriden Public Schools (Meriden, Conn.)
  • Wausau School District (Wausau, Wisc.).

In 2013, seven mini grants were awarded to different public school districts, each representing one in each of AASA's seven regions.

Region 1:
East Helena Public Schools (Montana)
Superintendent: Ron Whitmoyer

Region 2:
Cuba Independent Schools (New Mexico)
Superintendent: Vicki Smith

Region 3:Rapid City Area Schools (South Dakota)
Superintendent: Tim Mitchell

Region 4:Pattonville School District (Missouri)
Superintendent: Michael Fulton

Region 5:Ware County Schools (Georgia)
Superintendent: Joseph Barrow, Jr.

Region 6:Hempfield School District (Pennsylvania)
Superintendent: Brenda Becker

Region 7:Bangor School Department (Maine)
Superintendent: Betsy Webb

In Partnership with Sourcewell


We are very appreciative to be a recipient of the Helping Kids Mini Grant Program. The funds were used to modify our playground at Rydal Elementary School to allow for students and staff using motorized or manual wheelchairs and scooters the means to access all of the recreational areas. These new pathways allow students to access the equipment and play with their peers during recess, before and after school. The facilities are also available when school is closed to all of the community members who may need a solid and smooth surface for transport.