Esports Funding

Esports Funding RESOURCES


Thank you for taking time to check out our esports funding resources! We’re excited to know you have made it this far, which means you’re engaged in changing the lives in students around you through esports! While fundraising and grants alone are not a sustainable way to support a program, they can be helpful when starting an esports program, or upgrading an existing program. Below is a compilation of resources that we hope will be helpful in your journey.

eTeamSponsor is a Strategic Fundraising Partner. More than 3,000 Educational Institutions partner with eTeamSponsor to fundraise. Coaches, Boosters, Advancement and Institutional Leadership launch crowdfunding campaigns to reach more donors and raise more money than ever before. provides a free guide to 100+ STEM grants, a listing of available grants, and courses to help your organization write winning grant proposals.

North Dakota Teacher Innovation Grants

The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction will be soliciting proposals from North Dakota teachers that encourage innovation in our classrooms. Over the next two and a half years of the ESSER funding period, the department will fund one innovative proposal each quarter submitted by a North Dakota teacher. Teachers currently employed by public LEAs are eligible to receive funding.

Funding & Grant Opportunities

We know that many educational institutions are struggling to find ways to fill the financial gaps created by state, federal, and local budget cuts. ByteSpeed gathered a few resources for funding and grant opportunities that may be helpful.

Sample Esports Proposal

Thank you to Jamie Odum Thompson, the West Fargo Packers Esports Advisor, for sharing this esports proposal, which is a great example that teachers or athletic directors can use for inspiration when creating documentation to support their esports program.  

Esports Ed Podcast: Sponsorship & Partnerships with Teddy Delaney from Lackawanna College

Episode 4 of Gravity Gaming’s Esports Ed podcast discusses finding partnerships and sponsorship from large companies and in your community. Esports Program Administrator and Head Coach Teddy Delaney walk us through how he worked to get his team at Lackawanna College sponsored by Mountain Dew GameFuel!

The Game Room: Episode 2 Featuring Dr. Chris Haskell from Boise State University

Episode 2 of THE GAME ROOM provides an in-depth chat with Boise State University’s Dr. Chris Haskell about the success of BSU’s program and the growth trajectory of high school and college esports programs, including sponsorships and partnerships.

Sandoval CUSD 501 Fundraising Example

Sandoval Community Unit School District 501, located in Sandoval, IL, provided an example of creative fundraising ideas for their esports team, Digital Chaos.