Social Emotional Learning Fund (SELF) Grant

Social Emotional Learning Fund (S.E.L.F.) Grant Program

The Springfield Education Foundation is proud to offer funding for educations that wish to implement sustainable Social Emotional Learning opportunities to students attending Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Oregon.

Grants of up to $1,000 are available.


The Springfield Education Foundation Fund for Social-Emotional Learning (SEF/SEL) was established by a gift from Stan and Cathy Paine, both long-time administrators in the Springfield School District. Stan served as principal of three Springfield Schools (Maple, Centennial & Ridgeview) for a total of 13 years. Cathy served as a school psychologist and as special education coordinator for a total of 30 years of service in the Springfield School District.

The focus of this fund was chosen because it represents Stan & Cathy’s common interest and passion in children’s positive social development, physical safety and emotional well-being in school settings. Social and emotional learning (SEL) “is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

Application Process

  • All projects must receive pre-approval by a supervisor or principal.
  • Only one proposal per educator will be considered.
  • Proposals are due October 1 by 5:00 pm. Late submittals will not be considered.
  • Awarded funds may only be applied to the project described in the proposal.
  • Funds must be spent within the 2018-19 academic year.
  • Grants are awarded once per year.  The quantity and amount will depend on available funds.
  • When creating your budget, please research costs and cite estimate sources.
  • DO NOT IDENTIFY participating SPS staff, SPS schools, or partnering organizations in your Narrative or Budget. Applications with names will be INELIGIBLE for funding.

Click here to DOWNLOAD THE SELF Grant Application Packet 2018-19

Proposal Review

  • Grants are scored by SEF and SPS representatives and community volunteers who may be familiar with you and your school. In an effort to reduce bias, please do not identify yourself, your school or project partners by name. Your proposal will receive an identifying number referenced throughout review. Applications that include specific employee or school names will not be considered.
  • Each application will receive a cumulative numerical score and those with highest scores will receive funding priority.

Responsibilities of Grant Recipients

  • Submit a video of students participating in or talking about your SEF-funded project.
  • Agree to share project information at an SEF event or meeting.
  • Return the required project evaluation by June 30.
  • Equipment purchased with SEF grant funds is considered the property of Springfield Public Schools. Please notify SEF if you plan to move and take your equipment to another building.
  • Projects and evaluations must be completed before applicants can apply for a future grant.


Questions? Contact Springfield Education Foundation 541-726-3242, or