How to Fund Jennifer De Leon’s Visit to Your School

Not only is an author visit invaluable to students, Jennifer De Leon is a seasoned educator who can offer guidance to fellow teachers on writing pedagogy, supporting students of color in their classrooms, and many other topics.

There are numerous ways to fund an author visit to your school! In addition to extracurricular education and faculty development funds, there are many grants and creative funding opportunities available.

Grant Opportunities

An author visit to a school, classroom, or faculty development day can be invaluable, but budgets are always tight. Luckily, there are tons of resources, local and national, that support educational opportunities like author visits. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a list of various grant opportunities. Please know, this list is far from exhaustive! These resources are always changing and you should check your state, city, and community for more local funding opportunities as well.

If it’s your first time writing a grant, check out these resources on how to do so successfully:

The grant process can be intimidating, but please don’t let it scare you off completely. In order to assist with any you take on, here is some language about Jennifer De Leon’s school visits and the impact she has on schools and classrooms.


Ways to Bring Down the Cost of My Visit

If I’m traveling to a city to visit your school, I’d love to work with you to leverage your community connections to get more events scheduled while I’m in town. If you’re able to successfully assist me with booking other events in the same vicinity, I’m able to offer discounted speaking fees. Additionally, my travel costs will be split amongst the various hosts in that city. A great place to start is reaching out to local bookstores and libraries! I also offer author visits for companies and organizations.

Creative Funding Ideas

  • Check with your administration. Many districts have money budgeted for extracurricular academic events— check with your librarian, school administration, and district officials to see what may be available!
  • Sponsorship from a local business. Is there a local business that has an interest at your school? Maybe a parent of a student works there or they operate their business primarily in your district. Reach out to see if they’d be open to a partnership where they assist with funding an educational event in exchange for some kind of advertising opportunity. Think supermarkets, banks, local food chains, etc.
  • Parent Teacher Organizations. Parent teacher organizations can be a great resource. Not only do they have funding of their own, but the committee members may have community connections to leverage for sponsorship.

Still not finding what you need?

I have a few offerings in development that exclude live classroom visits that can still boost the academic value of reading one of my books (or a portion of one) with your class. Subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to learn about these options!

Grant Resources

Amber Brown GrantBill & Melinda Gates FoundationDollar General Literacy FoundationEducational Enrichment FoundationFundsNet ServicesGrants AlertGrants for TeachersGrant WatchGrants.govMcCarthey Dressman Education FoundationMichael & Susan Dell FoundationNational Endowment for the ArtsNational Endowment for the HumanitiesState Arts Agencies