Children’s Fund Grant Opportunities
One of the main purposes of the Children's Fund of School Psychology, Inc. (CFSP) is to provide grants in support of projects that benefit children and families. Grants are only available to current, retired, and/or trained school psychologists, and limited to one per year. Graduate students who are in their practicum or internship in school psychology also qualify. You must be a member of the CFSP to qualify for a grant. The exception is Disaster Relief Mental Health grants which does not require membership. To become a member, sign up here and make payment of $20 or send a check made out to the Children’s Fund (or CFSP) and send to PO Box 251, Edmonds, WA 98020. We will gladly accept your membership fee as well as your added donation to help fund grants.
Disaster Relief Mental Health
Disaster Relief Mental Health Grants are intended to assist practicing school psychologists and interns in school psychology in restoring mental health resources and tools that have been damaged or destroyed due to the recent disasters in states and U.S. territories. Examples of items that are acceptable for funding could include therapeutic videos and games, relaxation tapes, counseling resources, books for bibliotherapy, and social skills resources. The intent is for funded items to remain with the school psychologists rather than belonging to the school district. Examples that are not suitable for funding could include food items, sensory items, parent/student transportation, items that should be provided by an IEP or 504 plan, general office start-ups, dissertation materials, or research materials. Funding is available as donations allow for one such grant per school psychologist and for varying amounts up to $500.00 based on the applicants need and request. Basic needs of a child/children may also be considered in situations where the need has not been or cannot be supported by other agencies such as the Red Cross. Please support the Disaster Relief Mental Health Grants by donating.
Children’s Basic Needs/Mental Health Practitioner
Basic Needs Grants are designed to meet the specific needs of children and youth that are not currently being met. Funding is available for one such grant per year and is currently at a maximum rate of $300. Examples of items meeting grant criteria include clothing, food, eyeglasses, school supplies, dental work, etc.
Mental Health Grants are intended to encourage practicing school psychologists (and interns in school psychology) to enhance their own capabilities to provide mental health services within their schools. Examples of items that are acceptable for funding include therapeutic videos and games, relaxation tapes, counseling resources, books for bibliotherapy, and social skills resources. The intent is for funded items to remain with the school psychologists rather than belonging to the school district. Examples that are not suitable for funding include food items, sensory items, parent/student transportation, items that should be provided by an IEP or 504 plan, general office start-ups, iPads, iPods, dissertation materials, or research materials. Funding is available for one such grant per year and is currently at a maximum rate of $200.
Important Notice: As of September 29, 2017 money allocated to fund mental health grants has been met. A total of 25 grants were funded for this fiscal year. Please check availability in July 2018.
Service Grants in amounts of $500 to $3,000 are available and must provide direct benefit to children. Applicants must be school psychologists and must be current members of The Children's Fund. Examples of Service Grants that have been approved in the last several years include a district-wide community reading day, a project focusing on prevention of bullying, and a project that provided a gifted and talented lending library and resource bank for families of gifted children in an economically underprivileged neighborhood.
Youth Empowerment Mini-Grants
Youth Empowerment Mini-Grants of up to $500 are available to student groups or individuals who develop projects that assist their fellow students. Up to five Youth Empowerment Mini-Grants will be awarded each year. These grants may be used for anti-bullying projects, appreciation for diversity projects, or any other program that focuses on student assistance.
The application may be submitted by a student and/or student advisor but must be countersigned by the Responsible Adult Fiscal Agent. The Responsible Adult Fiscal Agent must be a school psychologist who will be responsible for:
-Overseeing the project
-Ensuring that the grant funds are spent for the purposes intended as stipulated in the grant application
-Submitting all receipts of the expenses of the Children's Fund.
-Grant recipients are also required to submit a short written report summarizing the project and its success.