Earning an advanced social work degree, providing additional support for a client or starting an independent research project are expensive propositions. Fortunately, a variety of sources provide social work grants. This funding can also be used for continuing education credits that are required for social work certification.
This list of 10 sources for social work grants is a sample of the available funding options:
Social Work Education GrantsDr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship
The American Legacy Foundation awards two $5,000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who demonstrate commitment to an underserved community. Preferably, the service is related to reducing tobacco use.
Judith Holm Memorial Student Award
The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work awards this cash prize to students in their final year of their MSW programs who write the most outstanding papers demonstrating their mastery of clinical social work essentials and expressing their desire to enter the social work profession.
Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial MSW Scholarship
Amount: Up to $4,000
As many as 10 scholarship of up to $4,000 each will be awarded in the 2017-2018 school year to MSW candidates who express a commitment to working with Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaskan Native populations. Candidates who have worked with public and nonprofit agencies are also eligible. The scholarships are sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Foundation.
Carl A. Scott Memorial Fund
The Council on Social Work Education sponsors two grants of $500 each. The scholarships are awarded to social work students who have a desire to work for justice and social equity.
Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial MSW Scholarship
Amount: Up to $5,500
The NASW Foundation awards this scholarship to an MSW candidate who has an interest in health or mental health practice and is committed to working within the African American community.
Jane B. Aron Doctoral Fellowship
Amount: Up to $17,900
This NASW Foundation program supports social work doctoral students who are working on a dissertation related to health care policy and practice. Dissertations that have a diversity component are encouraged.
See our Social Work Scholarships page for additional scholarship information.
Social Work Professional GrantsThe Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program
Amount: up to $40,000
The Silberman Fund Faculty Grant Program supports research in social work education, practice and policy by funding faculty projects that advance new social work knowledge. One-year projects are eligible to receive up to $20,000 in grant awards and two-year projects may receive up to $40,000.