Exceptional Student Education

Although any grant may support programs for exceptional student education, some grants are explicitly designed for ESE. The following grants target ESE programs. Do you know of a grant that isn't listed here? Send it to the Grants Office to include on the list.

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Exceptional Student Education Opportunities

  • Color the Spectrum Community GrantsNEXT for AUTISM's Color, the Spectrum Community Grants support nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that address the transition from school to adulthood in the following three areas: home, work, and social. Applying organizations must have started innovative programs, services, systems, or models of service delivery that make improved outcomes likely.

    Delores Barr Weaver Foundation: Offers various opportunities.

    Florida CEC Nancy Givens Instructional Grant: The Florida Council for Exceptional Children (FCEC) sponsors this instructional grant to support innovative projects to supplement the classroom curriculum.  Applicants must be CEC members who teach students with exceptionalities in preschool, elementary, secondary, vocational, special center, private, or hospital schools.

    HEAL Foundation: The HEAL Foundation supports organizations, camps, and schools that enrich the lives of those with autism in Northeast Florida. HEAL awards mini-grants in the spring (April-May) and fall (Sept-Oct) of each year.

    Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation: The Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations committed to advancing education through the use of the ITA phonemic alphabet. The goal is to provide monetary and technical support to schools and agencies that are dedicated to the prevention of reading failure in young children at-risk of dyslexia, remediation of reading disabilities/dyslexia in children, adolescents, and adults, and helping English learners master the pronunciation, reading, and writing of English. Visit the ITA Foundation YouTube channel and website for more information. These sites include downloadable materials and videos that demonstrate ITA intervention programs and protocols. The yearly grant process starts with a letter of intent from organizations interested in pursuing ITA grants. Letters of intent are due APRIL 1 and should be submitted via email to Shelley Jerviss, ITA Foundation President: sjerviss@itafoundation.org

    Quality of Life Grant: Pioneered by the late Dana Reeve of The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, it impacts and empowers people living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers by providing grants to nonprofit organizations whose projects and initiatives foster inclusion, involvement, and community engagement, while promoting health and wellness. Examples of funded projects may include (but are not limited to): sports wheelchairs for a wheelchair basketball team; transportation costs for an inclusive afterschool program; adapted glider in a community playground; kayak for a rowing program; accessible gym equipment; hydraulic lift at a pool; and support groups. Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, municipal and state governments, school districts, recognized tribal entities, and other institutions such as community or veterans hospitals are eligible to apply.

    Stepping-Up Technology Implementation Grant: The purpose of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program- Stepping-Up Technology Implementations grants are to improve results for children with disabilities by: (1) Promoting the demonstration, and use of technology; (2) Supporting educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for children with disabilities; (3) Providing support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) Providing accessible educational materials to children with disabilities in a timely manner. Remember to contact the  Grants page   prior to submission, because this is a federal grant. 

    The Tommy Wilson Memorial Grant: The grant supports recreational programs for individuals with disabilities. Grants are awarded for up to $1,500 total per year. Applicants may apply for $500 to $1,500.

Charitable Foundations