AASA and Sourcewell Helping Kids Mini Grant Program


Since 2012, Sourcewell and AASA have joined forces to bring the Helping Kids Mini Grant Program to AASA. The funds are available to AASA members who hold a Sourcewell account* and apply for specific needs.  The mini grants have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to natural disaster relief.
This year, the grant award is $40,000 in funds to help promote healthy students, staff, and/or buildings. 
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 Mini Grant Program.  

We are not accepting applications at this time


To be considered, the grant applicant must be an AASA member whose school district must have a registered account with Sourcewell. *

To check if you are an AASA member or to retrieve your AASA member ID, please  login to your account or contact  membership@aasa.org.  Quickly and easily become a member here.

To check if your school district has a registered account with Sourcewell or to retrieve your Sourcewell account ID, please  click here.  

* Sourcewell registration is free with no obligation to purchase. Sourcewell offers accounts to all government agencies, public and private schools/colleges, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit  https://sourcewell-mn.gov  

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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.
  • In 2022, 23 grants of $3,500 were given to districts and have been used for everything from urgent everyday necessities to disaster relief.

 Past Awardees 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Hear from educators:

“We were so excited to receive your generous AASA and Sourcewell mini grant. We are a small rural district of only 3054 students and 9 schools. The effects of Covid-19 and now hurricane Ida has left not only physical damage as far as the eye can see but a huge strain on our district emotionally. This year, 2021, our district has been rebuilding through a 5-year strategic plan initiative with a major focus on engaged and healthy students. Our Strategic Priority #2 is to cultivate a safe, joyful and inclusive student culture at all schools. Our district core team decided to utilize the funds that you have provided us with the mini grant to help support our initiatives with social emotional learning which includes anti-bullying activities for our students and staff. Thank you for your support and assistance. #WeAreBetterTogether.”

-John Barthelemy, Superintendent, Assumption Parish Schools, 2022 grant recipient


If you have any questions, please contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org or 571-721-9585.