Grants & Funding

Funding a Box Cars Workshop

Many levels of government have funding available to make Box Cars and One-Eyed Jacks workshops easy for your school to afford. We at Box Cars have collected information on several grants that you can use to fund a workshop with us.

Our products and workshops align closely to the standards your school and district expect. All Box Cars resources are correlated to the Common Core Curriculum. The manipulatives used in Box Cars games and workshops have been recommended by the NCTM as both effective and inexpensive. In Vol. 19, No. 4 of Teaching Children Mathematics (November 2012), the editors listed dice, playing cards and dominoes among the top five inexpensive manipulatives for elementary math classrooms.

Whether you’ve applied for grants before or will be writing your first application, we hope to help you find the funding you need for the workshop you want!

21st Century Funding


Title IV Part B 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding (21st Century Funding) is federal funding provided to each state to establish or expand before-school and after-school programs.

Funded programs must provide disadvantaged students and/or low-performing schools with academic enrichment opportunities to help students mee state and local standards in core content areas.

21st Century funded programs must also offer families of participating students educational development opportunities. 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC’s) provide services such as tutoring and mentoring, homework assistance, hands-on academic enrichment, etc.

Grant Deadlines

Most states require schools to submit funding requests in the spring. Some states, however, extend grant windows into the summer months.

Box Cars and 21st Century Programs

Box Cars games work well in extracurricular programs because…

  • They are engaging, hands-on and multi-sensory.
  • They are appropriate for a broad range of grade levels and abilities.
  • They support remediation and enrichment of Common Core Math Standards.
  • They focus on the basic math skills needed for the successful outcomes prescribed by the grant.

Box Cars games work well at a CCLC because…

  • They are easily learned and implemented by staff.
  • They include materials often found at home, such as playing cards and ordinary six-sided dice.
  • Family Math Nights offer hands-on family academic support for target students and their families.

Other Funding Options

Many other grants are available to fund a Box Cars workshop, though they’re less used than the grants above. Consider investigating any of these below:

  • Title I / CCRSF: College and Career Ready Student Funds
    For workshops at high-poverty schools, Title I grants are specifically for you. Grants are provided to ensure students of all means can meet state academic standards.
  • Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students
    A grant for institutions of higher education, provided to support self-sufficiency and expanded capacity for institutions serving low-income students. Funds can support and enrich not only academic programs, but also the institutional management and financial stability of your school.
  • Head Start
    Head Start grants go towards providing comprehensive child development services to both economically disadvantaged children and their families. These grants focus in particular on preschool reading and math skills and can be applied for by both public and private non-profit agencies.

For programs in the United States, there are federal grants available to help alleviate the set-backs in student learning caused by the pandemic. Here are three pockets of funding mainly being used by districts across the United States:


stands for The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Districts can use this funding for any activity under the federal laws of education, including addressing learning loss through new resources and training staff.


stands for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief. This funding provides nearly $190.5 billion to elementary and secondary schools.


The American Rescue Plan
this Act is incorporated into the ESSER funding (becoming ARP ESSER), and districts have used this grant to implement professional training for staff, hire more teachers, and to create afterschool programs.