AASA/Sourcewell Helping Kids Mini-Grant Program

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AASA and Sourcewell have designated this year's Helping Kids Mini-Grants to districts impacted by weather disasters. There will be no applications, but come back in January to read the stories about those who have been helped by these funds.

 About the Program:

mini-grant-kidsSince 2012, Sourcewell and AASA have joined forces to bring the Helping Kids Program, an urgent mini grant that is funded by AASA through a partnership with Sourcewell, to AASA and Sourcewell members. The mini grants have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to natural disaster relief.

This year, the grant was increased to $80,000 in funds to help meet the urgent equity, connectivity and virtual learning needs of individual students and their families.

Sourcewell is AASA's Government Cooperative Procurement Partner. We want to thank Sourcewell for its continuing support of AASA and for supporting students in need through the Helping Kids Program.

Qualifications:

To be considered, the grant applicant must be an AASA member and your school district must be a Sourcewell member. Sourcewell membership is free with no obligation to purchase. Quickly and easily become a member here.

  • To check if you are an AASA member or retrieve your AASA member ID, please contact membership@aasa.org.
  • To check if your school district is a Sourcewell member or retrieve your Sourcewell member ID, please click here

Grant History:

  • In 2012, AASA and Sourcewell created a mini grant to help public school students with urgent needs.
  • In 2013 and 2014, we awarded seven mini grants to different public school districts, each representing one in each of AASA's seven regions.
  • In 2015, 14 winners were chosen.
  • In 2016 and 2017, 28 winners were chosen. 
  • In 2018, grants of $2,000 each were given to 28 hurricane-affected school districts in Texas and Florida.
  • In 2019, grants of $2,000 each were given to 22 hurricane and wildfire-affected school districts and one foundation.
  • In 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.
  • In 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.

 Past Awardees 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Hear from educators and students:

"The AASA-Sourcewell mini grant could not come at a better time for Bunker Hill CUSD #8. We are a small, remote, rural district inadequately funded in a good year. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has caused rolling periods of remote, hybrid and in-person learning, our district is attempting to prioritize on well-being, engagement and feedback. These funds will nearly pay 100% of a district license to grant all teachers/students in our district with access to online activities/lesson plans that incorporate the very best elements of project-based learning, including interdisciplinary thematic activities designed to be relevant and engaging, as well as to reinforce 21st-century skills, including problem-solving and critical thinking. Thank you very much to AASA and Sourcewell for this very welcome grant!"
- Todd Dugan, superintendent, Bunker Hill (Ill.) CUSD #8, 2021 grant recipient 

"It helped me know that I could keep my grades up while we were at home."
- Student at Byers (Colo.) School District, 2021 grant recipient 

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org or 703-875-0740.