The debate over homeschool grants has been waged for a long time. Should homeschoolers receive government money for homeschooling? Should there be educational grants for homeschool families from private organizations? What about grants for families with children with special needs? What about tax breaks for homeschoolers? Today I am going to share a bit of how I feel about these grants and I will include a list of homeschool grants I find linked to their original website. If you know of one that is not listed please leave me a comment and I will add it to the list.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about the issue of homeschool grants. I would love a little extra money for curriculum shopping or for extra Science manipulatives. It would be nice to have more to put towards educational memberships or classes. It sounds like a really appealing concept. You homeschool after all. You save the government $10,000 a year per kid for keeping your child home. That should count for something right? You are homeschooling a child with special needs. Someone should help you to afford that since you are not using school resources to do this. That would be right…
I am actually not a huge fan of the idea of government tax breaks and homeschool grants. Before you get frustrated, let me explain.
Government Homeschool Grants
My biggest concern with these is that it opens up our homeschool to stricter guidelines. I don’t know why you are homeschooling but for me, it is to offer my children a customized education specific to their needs. With government involvement this may be lost. I would rather work from home when I can, then open them up to education that would not be best for them.
I also have a problem with homeschool grants for homeschoolers because of one of the arguments many people use. People often say they are saving the government money by not putting their child in school. While I understand that, there are those that pay taxes and don’t have children in school because they are grown. Should they receive a tax break or refund because they are paying taxes in while not homeschooling? I don’t believe they should.
Private Sector Grants
While these seem appealing, it isn’t always cut and dry. These private grants sound good but at the end of the day, that money is being taken away from other grants. Will that homeschool grant take funding from a local children’s hospital or organization? Is it worth the grant for other areas with needs to be shortchanged?
Homeschooling with Special Needs
I completely understand why you would want help for homeschooling a child with special needs. There aren’t many resources out there for families who are homeschooling a child with special needs. That being said, I think the responsibility should fall on the schools to open these resources to homeschool families instead of expecting outside funding for the family of the homeschooler. I think that with a partnership with the schools children could have access to certain things that would benefit them better but these resources need to start being available in the elementary years instead of exclusively for older students. That being said, I think this would be on a case by case basis and not as a standard for all homeschool students.
It could open a can of worms…
Homeschooling is an excellent choice for many families. There are those who shouldn’t homeschool. By placing tax breaks and grants on the table for homeschoolers, there is a chance that people who should not homeschool their children will “homeschool” so they can get the funding in order to have extra money. When you make a decision to homeschool you make a decision to do what you need to for your child’s education. At times this will be a financial sacrifice but I don’t think it is someone else’s responsibility to pay for that choice for you.
Homeschool Foundation Homeschool Grants (Faith Based)
Children of Single Parents Fund – This fund helps single-parent families in which the children, through no fault of their own, experience financial hardships that threaten their homeschool.
HSLDA Members Helping Members Fund – The HSLDA Members Helping Members Fund enables families experiencing financial difficulty to join HSLDA by awarding full and partial financial aid.
International Homeschooling Fund – The International Homeschooling Fund promotes homeschooling internationally by providing financial assistance to homeschooling organizations in other nations.
Kids Curriculum Fund – The Kids Curriculum Fund helps provide curriculum to homeschooling families who are struggling financially to meet their children’s needs.
Military Fund – This fund assists low-income military homeschool families who are struggling financially to meet their children’s educational needs.
Special Needs Children’s Fund – This fund helps HSLDA member families provide a higher quality education for their children with special learning needs.
Widows Fund – The Widows Fund enables widows and widowers to continue homeschooling by helping them afford curriculum, HSLDA membership, and emergency needs.