Unlocking Opportunities: A Guide to Securing Funding for Your School's Computer Science Program


Unlocking Opportunities: A Guide to Securing Funding for Your School's Computer Science Program

Computer science education has become a vital component of a student's academic journey as the world becomes increasingly driven by technology. However, many schools face challenges in securing the necessary resources to provide their students with comprehensive computer science programs. At CodeCombat, we understand the funding hurdles that schools encounter and are passionate about helping them overcome these obstacles.

This guide will explore various funding opportunities and resources available to schools seeking to enhance their computer science offerings. While securing funding for a computer science program can be a complex process, several sources can be explored, depending on the school's unique situation. We encourage all teachers to connect with their school administrators to explore the various funding opportunities available in this guide. We highly recommend teachers collaborate with their administrators to explore the different funding opportunities outlined in this guide. If further assistance is required to justify the utilization of these funds, our team at schools@codecombat.com is always happy to help.

Funding Starting Points

Funding Source


ESSER/GEER (Covid-relief funding)

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) and Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funds were created to provide relief to schools affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. These funds can be used to support a wide range of educational activities, including computer science education. The ESSER II deadline is September 30, 2023, while the ESSER III deadline is September 30, 2024.

EANS (Covid-relief funding for non-public schools)

This resource provides financial assistance for private institutions looking to enhance their educational offerings, including STEM programs.

CTE (Perkins Grant)

Funding provided to support Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in schools, including computer science education.

Title I A: Improving Basic Programs

Funding for schools with high numbers of low-income students to ensure access to quality education, including computer science education.

Title II-A: Supporting Effective Instruction

Supporting Effective Instruction | Funds allocated to support effective instruction in schools, which can be used for computer science education.

Title IV: STEM-focused funds relating to the Every Student Succeeds Act

Funding provided by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to support STEM-focused activities in schools, including computer science education.

School Improvement Grants

Grants provided to schools identified as needing improvement, which can be used to support computer science education.

Principal's Discretionary Funds

Funds set aside for the principal's use, which can be allocated to support computer science education.

Parent/Teacher Organizations

School-based organizations that can provide funding for computer science education in schools.

Local Businesses/Industry

Local businesses and industries can provide funding, sponsor CodeCombat subscriptions, or donate equipment for computer science education in schools.

District Educational Foundations

District Educational Foundations (DEFs) are non-profit organizations that work to support and enhance the educational opportunities of students within a specific school district. DEFs typically consist of community members, parents, and educators committed to promoting quality education for all students in the district.

DEFs often provide funding for programs that may not be covered by a school district's budget, including computer science education. They can provide funding for classroom technology, teacher professional development, and even the creation of new computer science programs. DEFs can often provide funding through various means, including donations from local businesses, grants, and fundraising events.

Examples of DEFs


Grants are an excellent funding source for schools seeking to enhance their computer science programs. They are awarded by government agencies, private foundations, and corporations and can cover various expenses related to computer science education. In addition, grants don't need to be repaid, making them a valuable resource for schools with limited resources. To find grant opportunities, research the organizations that fund computer science education, review their guidelines, and apply accordingly.

Here are some grant options and additional resources for finding grants:


Application Due Date


Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

Annually on the second Wednesday in August.

Designed to expose students to STEM careers and provide them with technology-rich experiences.

Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Varies depending on the home state.

Afterschool programs.

Toshiba America Foundation

The first of March, June, September, and December annually.

Funds the materials teachers need to innovate in their Science, technology, engineering, and math classrooms.

McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

Annual on April 15th

Develop in-class and extra-curricular programs that improve student learning.

Online grant databases can be a valuable tool for schools looking to locate grants and gain information on the application process, including tips for crafting a strong proposal. Clearly defining project goals and objectives, outlining the budget, providing evidence of need, describing the evaluation plan, and writing concisely are all key components of a successful grant proposal. We understand that completing grant applications can be difficult, so we're happy to provide any assistance you may need. Keep in mind that grant proposals are highly competitive, so it's crucial to be thorough and meet all of the listed requirements.

Additional Grants Sources


Crowdfunding has become a popular way for individuals and organizations to raise funds for various projects, including computer science education programs. Crowdfunding allows schools to solicit donations from a broad network of supporters, including parents, alums, and community members.

One of the benefits of crowdfunding is that it can be a relatively straightforward process. Schools can create an online campaign through a crowdfunding platform and share the campaign with their network via social media, email, and other channels.

When creating a crowdfunding campaign, it is essential to provide a clear and compelling case for why the funding is needed and how it will benefit students. This may include outlining specific goals and objectives, providing details on how the funds will be used, and highlighting any unique aspects of the program that make it particularly valuable.

Crowdfunding Platforms

Finally, it's important to remember that securing funding for computer science programs is a long-term process that requires ongoing effort and dedication. Therefore, it's essential to continuously explore new funding opportunities, engage with stakeholders, and seek feedback from students, teachers, and community members to ensure the program meets their needs.

We hope this guide has provided helpful information for schools seeking to enhance their computer science programs. Securing funding for such initiatives can be daunting, but with the right resources and guidance, it can be achievable. With the proper support, every student can have access to the computer science education they need to succeed. CodeCombat is dedicated to providing resources and tools that help students learn and succeed in computer science, and we encourage schools to explore their programs and offerings to support their students' learning.

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If you are an educator looking for solutions to your computer science needs, we invite you to request a quote or demo today to be directly connected with our team. Here at CodeCombat, we are dedicated to helping schools unlock opportunities and secure funding to enhance their computer science programs. Contact us today to learn more!

Angelica Telnik

Angelica Telnik