How Do Schools Fund AVID?
Districts and schools have learned to utilize a variety of funding sources to support components of the AVID College and Career Readiness System. The most successful funding models are diversified, including funding from each of these areas:
Pandemic Recovery Funds
Unprecedented new funds from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (ESSER II) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ESSER III) are being allocated to districts to support critical needs such as addressing learning loss and social–emotional learning. See how AVID aligns with these funding areas.
District General Funds
Some districts support AVID through the district general funds, from which a district’s general operating expenses are paid.
Federal and State Initiatives
The United States Department of Education offers many discretionary grants and competitive initiatives throughout the year. The U.S. Department of Education’s Forecast of Funding Opportunities is an important resource.
Each state has resources for education initiatives at all levels K–16. To research current initiatives, start with the U.S. Department of Education’s State Contacts to find links to education agencies in your state.
Foundations and Corporations
Foundations, corporations, and businesses support education efforts throughout the country and fund AVID system components in a number of school districts and institutions of higher education. Each community is unique and may have access to these funders to varying degrees. Here is a a step-by-step guide to grant writing and more information on regional funding opportunities.
AVID site coordinators, district leaders, and higher education liaisons can look to their local communities to generate the resources to support their college readiness and success efforts. Local campaigns commonly designate field trips, tutors, or supplies. Another great resource is www.DonorsChoose.org. You must be a public school teacher or administrator to post a project, and the more specific you can be, the better. Visit the DonorsChoose.org page to learn how AVID is working with DonorsChoose.org to help you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does AVID have a nonprofit/501(c)(3) status?
Yes, AVID Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
How can I donate to AVID?
If you’d like to support AVID’s mission, you may submit your tax-deductible donation here.
What can I do if the prospective funder only supports 501(c)(3) organizations?
Education foundations for school districts are 501(c)(3) organizations, so they can accept money for their schools. An education foundation can submit a proposal with the funds for your AVID program designated in the budget. If your school does not have an education foundation, you can try a local PTA, which may be a 501(c)(3) organization eligible to be the grant recipient. Always check with your district grant writer or higher education development office, as they will have more information specific to your community.