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.
>Click here to visit eTeamSponsor.com
Fund My Team
High School Esports League has partnered with FundMyTeam to provide an easy, hands-off fundraising service for esports programs. FundMyTeam Captains will contact donors and local sponsors through 25-day online hands-off fundraising campaigns. Net funds go directly and immediately to your account.
>Click here for details
STEMgrants.com provides a free guide to 100+ STEM grants, a listing of available grants, and courses to help your organization write winning grant proposals.
>Click here for more info
Esports Scholarships for Gamers
The website scholarships.com offers an up-to-date listing of colleges offering esports scholarships with details on benefits and application deadlines.
>Click here for Esports Scholarships/Scholarships for Gamers
24 Esports Scholarships for Gamers
Many colleges and universities across the country are recruiting top gamers just as they recruit players for other sports. So, if you are an avid gamer and are thinking of playing competitively in college or university, check out these esports scholarships. After all, it’s FREE money!
>Click here for 24 Esports Scholarships for Gamers (updated February 2020)
Varsity Esports Foundation
The Varsity Esports Foundation offers financial assistance to schools and provides a pipeline for students to reach their potential through Esports. We strive to increase literacy around the Esports industry’s positive impact on healthy lifestyles, mental health, community and STEM. To qualify, your school or district must have at least 25% of students on the free and reduced lunch program AND/OR your school is classified as Title 1.
>Click here for the Varsity Esports Foundation
eSport.Fund for Tournament Sponsorship
This public fund has a mission to make eSports stand alongside traditional sports.
>Click here to request esports tournament funds
Emerald Foundation Esports Initiative (PA only)
The Emerald Foundation is a hub for engagement, enrichment, and empowerment – which now includes esports!
>Click here to view resources and opportunities through Emerald Foundation
Esports Ed Podcast Episode 4: Sponsorship & Partnerships with Teddy Delaney
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!
Click here to listen to Esports Ed Podcast Episode 4
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.
Click here to watch Episode 2 of THE GAME ROOM
Sample Letter to Request Local Sponsors
Click here for an example of an Esports Sponsor Letter
One Team’s Journey to Fundraising Success
Click here for creative fundraising ideas from a partner school.
Generate Revenue with LAN Centers
Larger esports facilities can also be changed into makeshift LAN centers on your schools campus, helping to generate small amounts of revenue by using existing equipment you already have on hand. By setting up a small, hourly fee to use the computers, students, faculty, staff, and community members may be able to come into the facility and rent a machine for a prepaid amount of time. Schools could have their LAN system set up for a few hours a day, or any time that the facility is not being used by the esports program for practice or competition.