SEL Micro-Grants

The Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Vermont (SEL4VT) is on a mission to empower Vermont youth to thrive in school (and beyond) by advancing evidence-based social and emotional learning programs, policies, and practices in all schools and communities across the state.
Our SEL4VT Micro-Grant initiative (established in 2023) seeks to support educators who want to create innovative new programs and supports to enhance student well-being. 

Fundraising is underway for the 2024-25 SEL4VT Micro-Grant program! Click here to explore our GoFundMe or continue reading to learn more about the history and intent of this initiative.

Directly Funding Projects to Support Student Well-being and Mental Health

We know that the majority of teachers end up spending their own money on classroom supplies and projects. We also know that the majority of grant funding is distributed at the district-level and that money is significantly diluted by the time it reaches teachers and support staff.

On an annual basis, SEL4VT solicits proposals from educators in the state for project ideas (which can range from curriculum support to supporting student-led activities to funding PD to purchasing tools or materials) and selects several recipients to have their initiatives fully funded.

Share our fundraising page to support this program and help us extend awards to even more classrooms throughout Vermont!

Post-Application Process / Timeline
(1) The deadline to submit an application to the SEL4VT Micro-Grant program is August 15, 2024. Proposals must include a written letter of support from an administrator.
(2) All proposals will be reviewed by our leadership team and Board of Advisors.
(3) All individuals who submitted proposals will be notified of status by August 25.
(4) Several projects will be selected for funding, with micro-grants distributed directly to educators.
Additional Benefits for Recipients
Micro-grant recipients will have access to several add-on benefits along with funding, including:
  • Free schoolwide access to Inner Explorer, a mindfulness-based SEL tool
  • Free classroom license for GiveThx, a digital research-based SEL program focused on gratitude practice