Grants for Teachers Working With Challenging Behaviors


Working with children who have emotional or behavioral issues is a challenging job that requires a lot of time and patience. Teachers who work with emotional or behavioral disordered children need extra items in their classroom to facilitate student learning. There are grants available for teachers who work with behavior issues to get materials and supplies for their classroom or to create innovative programs for their students.

Grants for Character Education

  • Many grants exist for teachers who want to incorporate service learning or character education into their classrooms. The teaching of character and the opportunity for students to serve others and not focus on themselves may help mitigate behavioral issues. In addition, character education grants give teachers the opportunity to incorporate behavior contracts, incentives and other self-esteem rewards for students. According to, there are several grants available for character education. The Sprint Character Education Grant Program funds character education programs promoting leadership, volunteerism, character education and school pride. The grant has no monetary limit. The State Farm Good Neighbor Student Achievement Grant for $1500 promotes learning and programs that enhance student achievement.

Quality of Life Grants

  • In addition to character education grants, there are also grants to improve the lives of students. discusses several grants to promote healthy behaviors and healthy living. The Trustmark Impact Educator Grant awards $1000 to implement programs promoting healthy living for students. Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant awards up to $5,000 for community building and facility enhancement. Toshiba America Foundation offers $1,000 for innovative programs designed to improve instruction for students. Finally, the National Education Association offers up to $5,000 for programs to enhance students' critical thinking skills.

Regional Grants

  • Teachers who want to implement programs to help students who have behavior issues have access to several regional grant opportunities. Texas, Washington, California and many other states offer small grants for public school teachers to use in their classrooms. In addition, Wal-Mart, Target, Dollar General and Aetna offer grants for teachers who have one of these companies in their district or near their school. These grants can range from $1000 to more than $10,000 for innovative teaching and learning programs.

All-Purpose Grants

  • Finally, there are general grants to assist teachers with many different projects in their classrooms. A focus in the classroom could be behavior management and positive behavior reward systems, which have been beneficial for students with behavior problems. For example, the P. Buckley Moss Foundation awards grants to teachers who incorporate art and art therapy into their classrooms. The Pet Care Trust offers grants for teachers who want to teach responsibility by buying a class pet for their classrooms. In addition, the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers a grant for $10,000 for academic enrichment. The Foundation gives preference to students from low-income households.


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