Social Work Grants

Social work is a dynamic field that requires both education and field experience. A four-year Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is typically minimum degree required for social work jobs, but many specialized and advanced positions in social work require a Master of Social Work (MSW). Social workers who are interested in becoming academics, policymakers or heads of social work agencies often go on to earn a doctorate degree in social work (DSW or Ph.D) or do research and work above and beyond their job descriptions.

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.

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs
Sponsored Online Social Work Programs
School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck Shool of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate School by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student's own communities
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

This list of 10 sources for social work grants is a sample of the available funding options:

Social Work Education Grants

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship
Amount: $5,000
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
Amount: $1,500
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
Amount: $500
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 Grants

The 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.

Ruth Fizdale Program
Amount: $3,000
The Ruth Fizdale Program, which is sponsored by the NASW, underwrites social work research projects that link practice and policy with relevant social issues. The goal of the program is to seed pilot projects that could lead to larger and more comprehensive projects.

The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fund
Amount: Varies
The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fund provides grants to young adults who are interns or volunteers with projects that promote progressive social change. Applicants must submit a plan explaining how they will encourage other young people to participate in similar projects. The Fund has distributed more than $550,000 to more than 1,000 grantees since its inception in 1987.

The Norman Foundation
Amount: Varies
The Norman Foundation provides grants for general support and projects that help communities improve their economic, environmental and social well-being. Priority is given to organizations that have budgets under $1 million.