Blank SEL Budget Template
This is a blank template you can use to estimate the costs for SEL implementation in your school.
Create a stable budget for SEL resources, professional learning, and staffing to support the sustainability of SEL efforts.
As you develop a plan for schoolwide SEL implementation, it is important to consider what resources are needed to move the work forward. Creating a budget for SEL helps schools ensure that resources are identified, prioritized, and funded. By dedicating resources to SEL, the school also sends a message to all stakeholders that SEL is a priority that is here to stay.
If you have already begun developing a budget for SEL implementation, use the rubric or the questions below to identify areas for continuous improvement:
Is there is a stable, long-term budget for SEL resources, including professional learning?
Is staffing for SEL built into the school’s financial plan?
Has staff time been allocated for engaging in SEL-related activities, including professional learning?
You can begin creating a budget for SEL by examining your school’s existing resources and how your district supports SEL. This means taking a close look at:
Then, review the goals in your SEL implementation plan and consider the following:
To help identify the specific resources you’ll need, below are some common budget considerations for each of the four focus areas of schoolwide SEL implementation. You can use this template to help estimate associated costs.
There is strong evidence that SEL provides a return on investment in terms of long-term outcomes for both students and society as a whole (for example, this 2015 review from Columbia University shows that the average return on investment for six evidence-based SEL programs is 11 to 1, meaning for every dollar invested there is an $11 return.) For this reason, local businesses and charitable foundations are often eager to supplement school’s budgets to promote SEL through donations, grants, and fundraising events. If your district is not already supporting schoolwide SEL implementation, you may also want to reach out to your central office or School Board to request funding for SEL. Here is a powerpoint template you can download and use to help Make the Case for SEL.
Additionally, there are many opportunities nationally that can also help fund SEL. For example, Education First offers an SEL innovation fund, and websites like Donors Choose provide opportunities for teachers to raise funds for classroom SEL activities. You can also review this Guide to Federal Education Programs that can fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning Activities.