By Jesse Graytock
Education support professionals (ESPs) play a vital role in America’s public schools, and like their colleagues in the classroom, they often find themselves without the funds necessary to implement great ideas. School nurses, para-educators, custodians, and all types of ESPs frequently must search for educational grants that will assist them in improving their professional practice.
The following grant resources present ESPs with some options to explore when looking for grant funding outside of their schools.
- Education Minnesota’s Professional Development Grants offer ESPs up to $1,000 to acquire new skills and share that learning with colleagues.
- Through the Virginia Education Association’s Mini-Grants, ESPs are encouraged to apply for up to $500 to fund and implement new ideas.
- Fund for Teachers entrusts educators to design unique fellowships that validate professionalism and leadership.
- Through its Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement grants, the NEA Foundation encourages ESPs to apply for up to $5,000 to fund high quality educational professional development endeavors and classroom projects.
This list merely scratches the surface of the body of educator grants available to ESPs. For a comprehensive list of grants available to ESPs and classroom teachers alike, check of our grant resource page.
And if we missed any grant opportunities that you may know of, feel free to include them in the comments section below!