Funding Opportunities:

Our HEAR for High Schools program is delivered at no-cost to schools. For those seeking funding for HEAR for Middle Schools, there are many options available to alleviate some or all of the cost. Look through the opportunities listed below to find what works best for you and your school.

General Funding Resources:

Before applying to federal and private grants or initiatives, look no further than your local community for funding opportunities. Some middle schools have found support from organizations within their own school district or metropolitan area. Options include:

  • Parent Teacher Associations
  • School Foundations
  • Local businesses
  • Local government
  • Police departments
  • Fire departments
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Health Department
  • Banks
  • Faith-based institutions
  • Libraries
  • Philanthropists

Rotary International, Kiwanis International, Lions Club International, and United Way are all civic and fraternal organizations that can help provide funding.


Crowdfunding Sources

Crowdfunding has proven to be a valuable source of funding for anti-bullying awareness and engagement programs.  Some popular websites include:


Foundation Grants:

A wide variety of foundations offer grants to fund valuable anti-bullying programs such as HEAR. Check with these as a start:

Visit Fundsnet Services to access an online database of private funding.

Visit the School Funding Center to see Federal Grant Resources by state.

Associated Grant Makers bridges the nonprofit and grant making communities by giving access to research and information to support your fund development program, providing professional development and networking opportunities for staff members, and giving your organization more visibility among and access to grant makers.

The BBVA Compass Foundation provides funding for applicants who serve pressing needs in Pre-K – 12 education through public school-sponsored or facilitated curriculum-based programs.

The Braitmayer Foundation is a family foundation encouraging innovative programs to enhance education at a pre-collegiate level.

The Coca-Cola Foundation offers grants that help grow educational communities and provide students with the resources that help them become effective world citizens.

Kohl’s Cares® provides resources to support community initiatives that benefit children in the areas of health and education.

The Lawrence Foundation is a private family foundation focused on making grants to support environmental, human services and other causes.

The Pacers Foundation funds programs that teach tolerance and respect for diversity; focus on breaking down barriers by bringing youth from “all walks of life” together and exposing youth to cultures and “ways of life” other than their own; and carry out anti-bullying and anti-stigma programs.

Wells Fargo provides grants that support the revitalization and growth of the economy through community donations to nonprofits and schools, team member philanthropy and volunteerism, community development loans and investments, environmental initiatives, and other corporate citizenship initiatives.

Walmart Community Grant Program provides grant to local organizations seeking to improve their communities including K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or universities.

For even more helpful resources, visit, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services dedicated to combating bullying in schools.


There are also various government funding options available:

State FTE (Full Time Equivalent) funding – these vary by state.  Check with your state government for details.

Title IV: Safe and Drug Free Schools Act

Title V: Mental Health Support

Title I: Improving The Academic Achievement Of The Disadvantaged

To seek funding for teacher-training, Title II: Preparing, Training, And Recruiting High Quality Teachers And Principals

For a list of all programs and grants available from the U.S. Department of Education, visit the Forecast of Funding Opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Education also provides grants that lead to Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities.

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