The Iowa Department of Education has announced the latest round of the Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Grant for the 2024-25 school year.

Iowa school districts interested in establishing therapeutic classrooms for learners 3-21 years old are encouraged to apply. Therapeutic classrooms can assist learners whose emotional, social or behavioral needs interfere with their success in the learning environment.

“The Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Grant is a great opportunity for Iowa school districts to expand their resources for students who need additional supports,” said Barb Anderson, Department administrative consultant. “By establishing therapeutic classrooms, schools can provide individualized supports and foster opportunities for success with students.”

Districts applying for grant funds may establish new classrooms or enhance critical components into current classrooms or programs that are being developed as therapeutic classrooms. Grant awards are contingent upon funds being appropriated, and an estimated cost per pupil will be used to determine the awarded amounts.

The Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Grant was established through state legislation in 2020 and is a part of a statewide effort to increase behavioral health supports for children, youth and families. The 2024-25 school year marks the fourth round of Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Grant funding. Last year, six Iowa schools received grant awards to establish or expand therapeutic classrooms in their districts.

Instructions and application materials for the 2024-25 school year are now available on the Department’s Therapeutic Classroom webpage. Application submissions will be collected through May 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Questions regarding the Therapeutic Classroom Incentive Grant can be directed to Barb Anderson at and Lyn Jenkins at

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