Methods of funding Chess in Education found in the United States:

  • Extra-Curricular Chess Clubs – Public, Charter, and Private Schools
    • Family Funded – students pay a monthly or annual fee to receive chess lessons and participate in a chess club
    • Community Funded – Schools or chess clubs ask for private donations or partner with area businesses and civic groups (Rotary, Civitan, etc.) to raise funds for the chess program.Β 
    • School Funded – Primarily Charter or Private Schools – A teacher or chess coach is hired to teach chess classes during the school day. [Should this be in a different category since some educational goals may be included in these chess classes during the school day? Also they are not extra-curricular clubs.
  • Chess in the classroom and after-school programs with chess plus enrichment activities (Chess in Education – using chess as an educational tool)
    • 21st Century Grants
    • Title 1 Funding
    • State Department of Education Funding (grants and/or budget line items)
    • Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) funding of teacher professional development
“The public funding of chess in schools is now common across the ECU countries. Public funding indicates that society places value on the contribution made by chess to education. Public funding was long established in Russia and East Europe, much less so in the West. The increasing awareness of the educational benefits of chess has led to funding becoming available from new sources.

Public funding refers to the direct receipt of funds from central or local government to the federation or CiS organisation. For these purposes, funding from schools or parents, charities or trusts, is not included.

Some of the smaller federations, Moldova and Slovakia, have received funding from FIDE. Italy receives funding from their Olympic Committee and Israel from the Sport Ministry and the Lottery fund.

Public funding can look very different from country to country. It can be provided as a fixed budget or it can be connected to the quantity of clubs, members or activities. It is clear that federations must become become better at understanding and pursuing the possibilities for public funding.”


European Chess Union Education Commission

Survey on Chess in Schools 2015/16

25 April 2016