AASA and Sourcewell Present the Helping Kids Mini Grant Program:

Equity, Connectivity and Assistance on Virtual Learning Needs


COVID-19 has highlighted glaring inequities across the nation, particularly within the educational landscape. If you’re looking for funding to help meet the urgent needs of students and families in your district related to equity, connectivity and virtual learning, you’re invited to apply for the 2021 Helping Kids Mini Grant Program.

In partnership with Sourcewell, AASA will award 32 grants to qualifying school districts across the country worth $2,500 each who will utilize the funds to help further equity in virtual learning environment initiatives.

Applications may be submitted until 11:59pm PT on November 8, 2020

Click here to access the short one-page application.

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About the Program:

Since 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.

This year we have increased the grant to $80,000 in funds to help meet the urgent equity, connectivity and virtual learning needs of individual students and their families. Examples include providing technological devices and equipment to students (iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, WiFi hotspots, etc.), developing and/or providing access to virtual curriculum and tutoring opportunities, and providing access to digital online learning and communication platforms. 32 school districts will be awarded grants in the amount of $2,500 each.

Sourcewell is AASA's Premier School Solutions Center Partner. We want to thank Sourcewell for its continuing support of AASA and for supporting students in need through the Helping Kids Program.


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 (formerly NJPA) 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.

 Past Awardees 2020 | 20192018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

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

From Past Recipients:

"Thanks to the AASA/Sourcewell grant, one of our students will receive orthopedic shoes to fit over braces. Several of our students will be able to go to the doctor. Additional students will receive eye exams and much needed prescription eyeglasses. This grant will have a positive impact on health outcomes for our financially struggling families."
- Melanie Gehrens, superintendent, Bristol Township School District, Levittown, Pa., 2019 grant recipient. 

"The generous $2,000 mini grant from AASA will be used to provide electronic tablets with learning applications specific to their needs, as well as stability balls and sensory materials. We extend our sincere thanks for your support of these students and appreciate all you do to serve public schools across the country."
- Crystal Matern, communications officer, Gregory-Portland Independent School District, Portland, Texas, 2018 grant recipient.