At HSLDA, we recognize the strategic role that state and local groups play in homeschooling and offer Annual Group Grants to registered HSLDA Discount Groups. Each summer, we give out $50,000–$150,000 to help Discount Groups with various projects—from creating lending libraries to hosting or attending conferences.
HSLDA’s Annual Group Grants may range from several hundred to several thousand dollars* and will vary in size based on the number of families in the group, the scope of the project, the anticipated benefits, and the overall number of groups applying for grants.
All grant funds must be used for tax-exempt purposes to further the mission of homeschooling and cannot be used for any direct lobbying.
Group grants can be used for a multitude of purposes related to education, such as field trips, science equipment, computers, graduation ceremonies, a newsletter, a website, etc.
If you received a grant and have any questions about how your grant may be spent, please email our Director of Group Services, Darren Jones, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants must be representatives of a homeschool organization, group, or co-op which is:
- Comprised of at least 15 HSLDA member families*
- Incorporated or able to provide a sufficient explanation of how the group is organized
- In the United States
- Serving families who are privately homeschooling at least one child (as opposed to public school at home or virtual charter school)
- Requesting funding for a program or activity that fits the grant purpose described above
- NOT receiving government funding
- Able to provide articles of incorporation, bylaws, or alternative description of organization promptly upon request
- Able to have a bank account or other means of depositing a check made payable to the group name (grant checks will NOT be made payable to an individual on behalf of a group)
- Able to fulfill the mandatory requirement of completing an HSLDA Grant Usage Form after receiving their grant. The form provides an account for how the funds were used
Previous Grant Recipients: If you have received an Annual Group Grant before, you must also have submitted an HSLDA Grant Usage Form, documenting how your prior grant money was spent. If you are unsure that you have fulfilled this requirement, contact the Group Grant Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Applications are accepted once a year in the spring and grants are mailed out in July.
HSLDA will email all eligible Discount Groups in March or April with detailed grant information for that year’s grants, including the application due date and a link to the one-page online grant application.
This email will go to the email address(es) on the group’s HSLDA account. We encourage eligible groups to keep their contact information up to date on their account so that they receive our Compassion Group Grant information email.
The grant application typically takes 30–45 minutes to complete.
The application is available online each spring and accessed by logging in to hslda.org. On the Compassion Grants page, any group representative who has been designated as a Company Manager for your group’s account will find the Group Grant Application.
For your group’s security, only those with the designation of Company Manager on your group’s account will be able to access the application when logged in to hslda.org.
If you need to set up your Company Manager status, please reach out to our Group Services department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following in your email to Group Services:
- Your first and last name
- The email address that you would like to use for your login
- The name of your group
If you have any questions about these grants, we invite you to contact Compassion’s Group Grant Program Coordinator at email@example.com or call 540-338-8688.
We are sometimes able to offer grants to groups that do not fall into the Discount Group category, which we handle on a case-by-case basis. If your group has a pressing need, feel free to send a proposal describing the need to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*In response to COVID-19, we have adjusted the size and eligibility requirements of our grants to help as many groups as possible. Prior to COVID-19, grants were smaller and required at least 25 HSLDA member families in a Discount Group for the group to qualify. HSLDA Compassion is a fully donor-funded program, so be advised that grant size and eligibility requirements can change from year to year. The future is uncertain, but we are committed to doing our best to continue helping groups serve their families as effectively as possible!