What is ESSER funding?

Three allocations of federal education funding totaling over $190 billion designed to help schools address the needs and challenges of Covid-19. Because Budget Challenge is completely on-line and easily transitions from in-person to remote learning, 100% of the program cost can be paid for with these funds.

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Textbook Budget

The Budget Challenge program includes Personal Finance, the 17 chapter companion textbook, a teacher's guide, and supplementary materials, including Real-World Activities and Readings for each chapter. Budget Challenge offers multi-year subscriptions with additional savings. So schools can use textbook budgets to pay for the program.

Local or Regional Sponsorships

Ask your local insurance agent or credit union to help foot the bill for Budget Challenge at your school. We can even include their logo on our website and downloadable certificates.

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Perkins Grants

Budget Challenge qualifies for federal education funding under Section 135 of the Perkins III law. If you are an advisor of DECA, FBLA, BPA, FCCLA, or a teacher of vocational curriculum, you can use these funds to pay 100% of the cost of Budget Challenge. Contact your CTE coordinator to find out how to get Budget Challenge in your Perkins request. We guarantee it will be worth your efforts.

Fundraising Online

Fundraising online is a new and potentially effective way to fund Budget Challenge. Both sites are straightforward to use. Donorschoose.org also has corporate sponsors who often match individual donations, which may make raising funds for Budget Challenge even easier. You can add Budget Challenge to your campaign by purchasing it in the Amazon Business store. Search for: Budget Challenge textbook. Other sites include:

Federal Education Funds

Besides traditional line items in your school budget, such as curriculum materials and software/technology license fees, your school can use a number of federal grant programs to pay for Budget Challenge.

Title I Part A Funds – Budget Challenge can be funded in schools that use Title I funds in school-wide programs that: 

(iii)(I) include strategies to address the needs of all children in the school, but particularly the needs of low-achieving children and those at risk of not meeting the State student academic achievement standards who are members of the target population of any program that is included in the school-wide program, which may include —

(bb) college and career awareness and preparation, such as college and career guidance, personal finance education, and innovative teaching methods, which may include applied learning and team-teaching strategies; 

Title IV - Budget Challenge can be funded under SEC. 4101: ‘‘The purpose of this sub-part is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of States, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to— ‘‘(1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; ‘‘(2) improve school conditions for student learning; and ‘‘(3) improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students

Small, Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program grants can fund Budget Challenge under either Title I Part A or Title IV programming. 

Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program – Budget Challenge can be funded as part of classroom instruction as it meets criteria of helping to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy for all students. 

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant – Budget Challenge can be funded with this grant when used as part of an after-school or summer program in high priority or low-income schools.

Parent Letter

Download a parent explainer for your students to take home.

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PTA/PTO Letter

This handout includes forms for PTA/PTO sponsorship requests for individual or groups of teachers.

Download PTA/PTO Letter

Local Support

Use this take home form letter to promote support within your community. Includes fields to reference a GoFundMe.com project.

Download Support Letter