Grants and Funding

There are millions of dollars in state, federal, and corporate grants available each year, yet finding these grants can be a difficult task. To help you, listed below are links to sites containing information on hundreds of grant opportunities for organizations, schools, districts, and education agencies.

  • The Tina B. Carver Fund honors the life and work of Tina B. Carver, longtime member of TESOL and the ESL/EFL community. Grants are available for funding the purchase of student classroom learning materials and/or teacher-related materials (e.g., ancillary materials that can be used in conjunction with textbooks or other instruction materials) to support adult ESL education programs in the United States. A TESOL member, or member of a TESOL affiliate, may submit an application on behalf of a community-based organization, charitable institution, or other nonprofit in the United States that carries 501(c)3 status and provides ESL programming for adults. Awarded grants will primarily serve the hardest-to-reach students with limited resources. Annual application deadlines are 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September.

  • The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is “supporting family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.” Nonprofit organizations may apply for grants at any time, and decisions are made four times per year. Grants typically range from $200 to $10,000. 
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