Funding Sources for ST Math

Find funding to bring ST Math to your students

Funding for schools can be divided into three primary types: federal funds, state or local funds, and private or foundation funds. Schools and districts have successfully used all different types of funding to bring the patented ST Math approach to students across the country.


Federal Funding

Federal funding is made available through formula funds and competitive funds.

Formula funds - also called allocated amounts or block grants - are distributed based on a predetermined formula, such as the number of low socio-economic status (SES) students at a given school or district. 

Competitive funds - or discretionary grants - are awarded to eligible schools, districts, or other entities who apply by responding to an RFP, or request for proposal. The RFP response must describe in detail the need and purpose for using the funds based on the specifics of the application.

ESSER funds - funding opportunities are still available for ST Math. These include portions of the American Rescue Plan as well as flexibilities that allow schools or districts to repurpose existing funding. ESSER III funds expire on September 30, 2024.

Examples of Aligned Federal Formula Funding for ST Math

  • ESSER III: The American Rescue Plan (ARP)

    ESSER III: The American Rescue Plan (ARP), passed in March 2021, provided more than $122 billion to the ESSER fund. LEA must reserve at least 20 percent of funds to address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups. ESSER III funding can also be used for “Expanded learning” meaning before school, after school, summer, or intersession learning programs.

    Why choose ST Math for your ESSER III funds?

    Use ST Math to accelerate learning and for expanded learning!

    The design of ST Math, with its highly accessible entry points, ensures that students taste some early success. As they advance through the learning progression, they face increasingly challenging problems, which require more effort and, inevitably, some experience of learning from their mistakes. As students develop not just the schemas, but the mindsets to persevere in math, they will continue to make progress not only in math proficiency on standardized tests but in their ability to apply mathematical concepts to real-world challenges. Students who are currently performing below grade level are not the only ones who benefit when you leverage ST Math. Accelerating feedback, accentuating schemas over skills, and giving students grade-level content is effective for all students.

    Use ST Math for in-person, virtual, or hybrid learning during the school day OR before or after school, during summer school, or in intersession to empower students to become powerful mathematical problem solvers.

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  • Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs

    Title I is designed to improve academic achievement of disadvantaged students.

    Why choose ST Math for your Title I funds?

    ST Math's visual approach makes the program accessible to all learners. When students of all levels - whether English learners (ELs), special education, gifted, or economically disadvantaged - can problem solve without distractions, educators see dramatic increases in achievement.

    "ST Math removes the language barrier and provides access to standards-aligned content. The program replaces intimidating word problems with visual word problems that cover the same standards and students are more inclined to persevere, building their stamina in problem solving." —Dr. Kalim Rayburn, Principal, Rea Elementary, Calif.

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  • Title II, Part A: Improving Teacher Quality State Grants

    Title II builds systems of support for excellence in teaching and learning.

    Why choose ST Math for your Title II funds?

    MIND Research Institute - creators of ST Math - empowers teachers with professional learning to build a greater understanding of how students learn, develop their math content knowledge, employ strategies that impact student learning. A variety of professional learning offerings - including both online and in-person training and support - help teachers and administrators to deepen their math pedagogy and effectively use the ST Math program.

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  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

    IDEA provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for children with disabilities. IDEA funding is distributed based upon how many students in a given district have IEPs, or individualized education plans. IDEA funding may be used to provide special education services, early intervention, and RTI, or response to intervention.

    Why choose ST Math for your IDEA funds?

    ST Math was created by MIND’s co-founder neuroscientist, who experienced a learning challenge due to dyslexia and struggled with not only reading, but also math because of the heavy use of words and symbols in traditional math education. That personal experience inspired Matthew Peterson, Ph.D., to not only study how the human brain learns, but to go on and create a math program specifically designed to better align with how humans learn. As with ELs, students in special education really benefit from ST Math’s visual approach, where they can direct all of their cognitive efforts to solving the problem at hand. ST Math also has an intentionally simple design with no distractions and that keeps the focus on the learning.

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  • Title III: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

    Title III ensures language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students.

    Why choose ST Math for your Title III funds?

    In traditional math education, ELs can miss out on crucial opportunities to understand the meaning behind the math. Because so much of traditional math materials are word-heavy, there are language hurdles EL students must overcome before they can even begin to focus on math concepts. With the ST Math visual instructional program, language barriers are removed, giving ELs access to the same level of math rigor as other students.

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  • Title IV, Part A: Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grants

    Title IV offers funding for a well-rounded education, including up to 60% for STEM and the effective implementation of technology.

    Why choose ST Math for your Title IV funds?

    ST Math games include more than 35,000 puzzles with interactive representations of math topics that align to all state standards, with learning objectives that target key grade-level concepts and skills. ST Math is a flexible instructional tool that can fit easily into many different curriculum implementations, whether you are using ST Math to introduce, review or deepen understanding of mathematical concepts. In a computer lab, during designated classroom time, station-rotation, or at home - as long as students are using ST Math for 60-90 minutes per week, you will see gains in their math achievement.

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Examples of Competitive Funding for ST Math

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)

    This NSF competitive funding opportunity seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning.

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  • NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

    ITEST supports projects that engage students in technology-rich experiences that: (1) increase awareness of and interest in STEM and ICT occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to those occupations; and (3) develop STEM-specific disciplinary content knowledge and practices that promote critical thinking, reasoning, and communication skills needed for entering the STEM and ICT workforce of the future.

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  • NSF STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)

    STEM+C supports research on how students learn to think computationally to solve interdisciplinary problems in science and mathematics. The program supports research and development that builds on evidence-based teacher preparation or professional development activities that enable teachers to provide excellent instruction on the integration of computation and STEM disciplines. Proposals should describe projects that are grounded in prior evidence and theory, are innovative or potentially transformative, and that will generate and build knowledge about the integration of computing and one or more STEM disciplines at the preK-12 level.

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  • NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

    AISL seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

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  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Mathematics Education Trust (MET)
    Fostering Support of Mathematics Learning in Multilingual Classrooms (Pre-K-12)

    To increase understanding and expertise in fostering support of multi-language development when teaching mathematics. The proposed project must explicitly support the implementation of equitable and rigorous mathematics teaching that incorporates students' languages and cultures in their learning of mathematics.

    Enhancing Student Mathematics Learning Through the Use of Tools and Technology Grants (Pre-K-12)

    To encourage the innovative use of technology and other tools to "help teachers and students visualize and concretize mathematics abstractions..." (Principles to Actions). When used appropriately, they can enhance other effective teaching and promote meaningful learning opportunities for students. The focus of the proposal should be on the mathematics being taught and innovative uses of the tools and technology.

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  • Title III – Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
    Why choose ST Math for your Title III funds?

    Title III ensures language instruction for limited English proficient and immigrant students.

    In traditional math education, ELs can miss out on crucial opportunities to understand the meaning behind the math. Because so much of traditional math materials are word-heavy, there are language hurdles EL students must overcome before they can even begin to focus on math concepts. With the ST Math visual instructional program, language barriers are removed, giving ELs access to the same level of math rigor as other students.

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Private Funding

Our dedicated philanthropic partners have joined our mission to mathematically equip all students to solve the world's most challenging problems.

The ST Math School Grants Program supports our education partners to help cover the program's cost. Funds are now available for select districts nationwide to help underwrite ST Math program implementation. Please complete the form below for more information and to see if your district qualifies.


State and Local Funding

A significant amount of education funding is provided at the state and local level through income tax, sales tax, and more. State funding initiatives that approve ST Math include but are not limited to:

The MIND Research Institute team can be of assistance as you navigate the landscape of state and local funds that are available to you. Tell us more about your needs and our team would be pleased to assist. 

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"The greatest impact ST Math had on teachers is the impact on their mindset."
-Middle School Math Coach
Pickerington, OH

Let our team at MIND Research Institute help you bring ST Math to your school or district. Please fill out the form below for more information and access to our grants toolkit.