What can Compassion Curriculum Grants be used for?
There are so many ways a Compassion Curriculum Grant can make homeschooling possible for a family experiencing financial challenges. These grants help with:
- Curriculum for core subjects
- School materials
- Homeschool courses and/or other classes for core subjects
- Homeschool co-op fees
- School-related technology
- Diagnostic testing and therapies for children with special learning needs
Grants are typically a few hundred dollars per homeschooled child, depending on family size and circumstances, and take 2–3 months to receive.
Homeschooling families must meet certain requirements to be considered for a Curriculum Grant.
What qualifies as homeschooling for the purpose of receiving a Curriculum Grant?
To be eligible to receive a Curriculum Grant, the parent or legal guardian should:
- be privately funding their homeschool program (as opposed to it being paid for by public funds);
- conduct the majority of the schooling at home (as opposed to a daily drop-off co-op);
- have the authority to choose their child's studies (as opposed to having the curriculum chosen by a school).
Not homeschooling like this yet?
If you want to homeschool but haven’t yet started, let HSLDA help you start strong or check out our list of free and inexpensive curriculum and other homeschooling resources.
To qualify to apply, you must:
- have actively homeschooled (per the definition above) for 3 months prior to applying. For example, families who did not homeschool last year must be at least 3 months into the current school year and committed to homeschooling for the remainder of the year.
- be homeschooling at least one child between 6 and 19 years old;
- have legal custody of the child(ren) you are homeschooling;
- be able to show significant financial need;
- be able to provide character references who are NOT related to you or your children by birth, marriage, or adoption, with at least one reference who MUST be local to you; and
- have created a free My HSLDA Account.
If you have ever received a grant before, you must also:
- have submitted receipts documenting how your prior grant money was spent;
- be a member of HSLDA (first-time applicants do not need to be members); and
- have waited a year since your last application.
Read how to prepare to apply, including what information and documentation you should gather before beginning your application.
Before you start your application:
Have you carefully read the eligibility criteria above? If not, please read carefully to know that you are eligible before continuing. Your application will not be approved if you are not eligible to apply.
You may be prompted to log in or create a free HSLDA account to access this application.
If you have questions about a requirement, contact a Grant Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 540-338-8688.