VELA Micro grants support early-stage ideas that redefine how, when, and where learning takes place, and that allow families to access options that better meet their needs, outside of the traditional school system. Read more about all VELA grant opportunities.

Specifically, VELA Micro grants are awarded to PK-12 education programs that:

  • Allow families and learners access to nontraditional learning
  • Address families’ and learners’ education needs in a way that the traditional system does not
  • Encourage openness to where and how learning happens
  • Represent a community-driven approach, developed by and for the learners and families they serve

This includes support for programs like:

  • Nontraditional learning environments (i.e. microschools, co-ops, pods, hybrid programs, etc.)
  • Supplementary support programs specifically for learners participating in non-traditional learning, including especially those that reimagine how learning happens
  • Content or learning materials that allow learners and families to customize their learning experiences
  • Direct support for families implementing non-traditional learning

Previous Micro grant recipients include programs like:

  • Barefoot University Forest School, two moms’ idea to support their children through self-directed, nature-based learning opportunities.
  • Canary Academy Online, a resource library for homeschooling families created by a young adult who was homeschooled.
  • La Luz Microschool, a mobile microschool that immerses students for six weeks at a time in different locations across Denver.

Timeline for this round

  • Micro grant applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through the end of October.
  • Applications that are submitted by May 15 and are approved for funding should expect to receive funding by the end of June.

Eligibility for this round

  • Applicants must be building custom approaches for their communities.
  • Applicants must be over 18 years old, reside in the United States or its territories, and use grant funding to support an education idea or program with a charitable purpose.
  • Organizations that have previously received funding from VELA are not eligible to apply.
  • Organizations that have previously received “Meet the Moment” funding in 2020-2021 from one of our granting partners are not eligible to apply. These partners are: 4.0, A for Arizona, Camelback Ventures, Empowered (formerly Youth Entrepreneurs), HSLDA, National Parent Union, and Wildflower. If you received funding from any of these organizations and are unsure if it was “Meet the Moment” funding, please contact