Grants & Funding

Funding a Box Cars Workshop

Many levels of government have funding available to make Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks workshops easy for your school to afford. We at Box Cars have collected information on several grants that you can use to fund a workshop with us.

Our products and workshops align closely to the standards your school and district expect. All Box Cars resources are correlated to the Common Core Curriculum. The manipulatives used in Box Cars games and workshops have been recommended by the NCTM as both effective and inexpensive. In Vol. 19, No. 4 of Teaching Children Mathematics (November 2012), the editors listed dice, playing cards and dominoes among the top five inexpensive manipulatives for elementary math classrooms.

Whether you’ve applied for grants before or will be writing your first application, we hope to help you find the funding you need for the workshop you want!

21st Century Funding

 

Background

Title IV Part B 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding (21st Century Funding) is federal funding provided to each state to establish or expand before-school and after-school programs.

Funded programs must provide disadvantaged students and/or low-performing schools with academic enrichment opportunities to help students mee state and local standards in core content areas.

21st Century funded programs must also offer families of participating students educational development opportunities. 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC’s) provide services such as tutoring and mentoring, homework assistance, hands-on academic enrichment, etc.

Grant Deadlines

Most states require schools to submit funding requests in the spring. Some states, however, extend grant windows into the summer months.

Box Cars and 21st Century Programs

Box Cars games work well in extracurricular programs because…

  • They are engaging, hands-on and multi-sensory.
  • They are appropriate for a broad range of grade levels and abilities.
  • They support remediation and enrichment of Common Core Math Standards.
  • They focus on the basic math skills needed for the successful outcomes prescribed by the grant.

 

Box Cars games work well at a CCLC because…

  • They are easily learned and implemented by staff.
  • They include materials often found at home, such as playing cards and ordinary six-sided dice.
  • Family Math Nights offer hands-on family academic support for target students and their families.

School Land Trust

 

Background

Beginning with Ohio in 1803, all states, except for the three with no federal lands, recieved land grants at statehood. Each state then held the respective lands as trustee for their state’s public schools, which became the beneficiaries. In general, revenues from these lands are put in a state fund and the dividends from fund investments are dispersed each year to schools that apply for funding.

States Still Using Land Trust Funding

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

How School Land Trust Funds are Dispersed and Used

All states that provide these funds have their own specific plan. Most states, however, require schools to apply each year for Land Trust funds. Schools in Utah, for example, are required each year to write a School Improvement Plan with members of the administration, faculty and community council. Such a plan must:

  • Identify the school’s most critical academic needs.
  • Base these needs on data, such as standardized test results.
  • Include specific academic goals and outcomes.
  • Identify any programs, practices or materials needed to meet these goals.
  • Include professional development to support the meeting of these goals.
  • Include measures to assess improvement of these goals.
  • List expenditures to implement the plan.

Other Funding Options

 

Many other grants are available to fund a Box Cars workshop, though they’re less used than the grants above. Consider investigating any of these below:

  • Title I / CCRSF: College and Career Ready Student Funds
    For workshops at high-poverty schools, Title I grants are specifically for you. Grants are provided to ensure students of all means can meet state academic standards.
  • Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
    A grant for institutions of higher education, provided to support self-sufficiency and expanded capacity for institutions serving low-income students. Funds can support and enrich not only academic programs, but also the institutional management and financial stability of your school.
  • IDEA, Part B: Special Education 3 – 21
    Funds from this program are provided in tandem with state and local funding to ensure free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities.
  • Head Start
    Head Start grants go towards providing comprehensive child development services to both economically disadvantaged children and their families. These grants focus in particular on preschool reading and math skills and can be applied for by both public and private non-profit agencies.