AASA and Sourcewell present Helping Kids Mini Grant 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 the grant has been increased to $70,000 in grant funds to help meet the urgent health, social service, academic and/or related needs of individual students and their families. Examples include clothing, medical care, dental care, eyeglasses, prescriptions, hearing aids, food, shelter, supplies, fuel, emergency transportation, childcare, enrichment and academic or life-enhancing opportunities that could not otherwise be provided.

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

With questions contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org.

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 Cedar Ridge School District, Newark, Arkansas 

 

Program Details: 

$70,000 in grant funds are available this year and will be given to AASA member public school districts.

The grant will be awarded to 28 school districts at $2,500 each.

To Qualify:

Interested school districts must be an AASA member and Sourcewell member school district to apply. 

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.
  •  n 2020, the grant has been increased to $70,000 in grant funds to help meet the urgent health, social service, academic and/or related needs of individual students and their families.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org or call 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.