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Frequently Asked Funding Questions
  1. What types of funding do others use to purchase your programs?
  2. Do you know of funding in my area?
  3. Which specific funds cover your programs?
  4. What are "the lists," and is the Second Step program on them?
  5. How do I apply for funding from Committee for Children?
  6. Do you have any tips for writing specific grants?
  7. Do you have any sample wording we can use to apply for a grant?
  8. Do you have research citations I can use in my grant application?
  9. I need to measure the impact of my program for a specific grant. Do you have evaluation tools?

1. What types of funding do others use to purchase your programs?

Schools often use general funds, operating budgets, and grants. Your district or school may already have funds available for prevention programs, so you may want to check with your prevention coordinator or district office as a first step. If there aren’t district funds available, educators often use money from community sources, private companies and foundations, or federal funds.

Some educators also use money designated for character education. See how our Second Step and Steps to Respect programs align with character education standards.

2. Do you know of funding in my area?

We do not have information on funding for specific geographic areas. You might wish to try searching the Fundsnet website, which is a database of private funding by state that might provide further ideas for funding sources.

3. Which specific funds cover your programs?

It is impossible to say with certainty that a specific fund will cover our programs in every instance. However, educators have had success funding our programs with money from Title I, Head Start, IDEA, and character education programs. Title II may also apply. Educators have also had success with community organizations and funding from companies and foundations.

See how our Second Step and Steps to Respect programs align with character education standards.

4. What are "the lists," and is the Second Step program on them?

“The lists” include programs endorsed by various government and nongovernment organizations. Some districts and funders will only fund programs on these lists. Our Second Step program has received several endorsements and is on the lists. Read more.

5. How do I apply for funding from Committee for Children?

Committee for Children is a nonprofit organization, and we cannot provide funding to purchase our programs.

6. Do you have any tips for writing specific grants?

Visit our grant-writing toolkit.

7. Do you have any sample wording we can use to apply for a grant?

Several pages on this site offer wording that might be helpful in writing a grant proposal for our programs. These pages are listed in our grant-writing toolkit. It might also be helpful to include wording on how social-emotional learning supports academic achievement in general. We also have a "talking points" list for the Second Step and Steps to Respect programs that contains some wording that might help get you started.

8. Do you have research citations I can use in my grant application?

We have research on the effectiveness of our programs, with references and citations:

9. I need to measure the impact of my program for a specific grant. Do you have evaluation tools?

Yes! Evaluation tools for the current (2011 and 2008) editions of the Second Step program can be found on www.secondstep.org. Tools for the Steps to Respect program and the previous edition (2002) of the Second Step program can be found in our online community (free registration required).

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