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Tools for Securing Funding

NC Afterschool Funding Streams Overview

NC CAP developed an overview of the available afterschool funding streams in the state. Funding streams come from state agencies and private organizations, and are divided into Academics, Juvenile Justice, Health and Wellness, Needs-Based funding, and Private funding. Click on the image below to access the overview. 

The Finance Project

The Finance Project, a national organization that develops and disseminates research, information, tools, and technical assistance for improved polices, programs, and financing strategies that will support decision-making that produces and sustains good results for children, families, and communities. A number of their publications are excellent resources for giving programs ideas on how to finance and sustain their work. Monthly funding tips cover several different approaches to doing so - be sure to check out their website.

Financing and Sustaining Youth Programs

The Finance Project’s Youth Programs Resource Center provides information and tools on financing and sustaining youth programs, policies and systems. Click on the links below to view these new funding tips and promising practice profiles that highlight timely information about new funding sources and financing strategies that can help youth programs sustain their work. 

Forming Partnerships to Meet Administrative Needs of Youth-Serving Organizations

Youth-serving organizations have come under increasing pressure to do more with less in the wake of the economic downturn. Many organizations are looking for ways to weather the decline, including accessing untapped revenues, cutting costs, and building administrative partnerships. This brief explores the options available to youth program leaders to meet their back-office needs by establishing administrative partnerships. It addresses the following questions:

Cutting Cost and Keeping Quality: Financing Strategies for Youth-Serving Organizations in a Difficult Economy

Due to the economic downturn, many youth-serving organizations are facing budget reductions while also experiencing increased demand for their services. To maintain high-quality services with limited resources, youth-serving organizations need to embrace a strategic and proactive approach to their financial management. This brief highlights financing strategies that successful youth-serving organizations are using to maintain quality services despite difficult economic times. Drawing on interviews with leaders of 17 successful youth programs, the brief illustrates how organizations have aggressively managed costs, creatively generated new revenues, and created partnerships to mitigate the effects of funding cuts. In-depth examples help leaders understand how to implement and adapt these strategies to their unique context.

The Finance Project: Promising Practices Catalog

This resource is designed to help you learn about exciting programs, practices, and initiatives across the country that aim to improve the futures of children, families and communities. This catalog will help you learn what is happening elsewhere and give examples of innovative programs that illustrate a variety of approaches to policy and program design, financing and sustainability.

Promising Practice Profiles

Financing and Sustaining Summer Youth Employment Programs

This promising practice profile highlights effective strategies that three localities have used to finance and sustain summer youth employment efforts. Youth program leaders in New York City, Seattle-King County, and Hartford, Connecticut successfully engaged partners, utilized technology, and blended an array of funding sources to expand their summer youth employment programs in 2009. The profile highlights how other localities can replicate some of these strategies in the summer of 2010 and beyond.

Financing and Sustaining Afterschool Programming: LA’s Best

This promising practice profile focuses on LA’s BEST’s organizational and fiscal practices that have resulted in a successful and innovative approach to afterschool enrichment, in part due to the partnership with the city and Los Angeles Unified School District. The LA’s BEST partnership model makes it eligible for funding streams that would otherwise be unavailable, allows it to share administrative costs and ensures that quality afterschool programs remain a priority on the city’s education agenda. 

Snapshots of Sustainability: Profiles of Successful Strategies for Financing Out-of-School Time Programs

The Finance Project profiles the innovative approaches of the Ella J. Baker House in Boston and Heads Up in Washington D.C. Learn from the promising practices they use to secure funding and sustain their initiatives. These are the latest in a series by The Finance Project highlighting effective strategies for financing afterschool programs.

Title I Supplemental Educational Services and Afterschool Programs: Opportunities and Challenges

This brief by The Finance Project discusses the benefits and challenges of afterschool programs becoming supplemental services providers.  The article is designed to help afterschool program administrators understand what supplemental services are, consider the implications of becoming a provider, and identify the steps necessary to become a successful provider.

Using TANF to Finance Out-of-School Time Initiatives

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can be a vital source of funding for maintaining, improving, and expanding out-of-school time initiatives.  This brief is designed to help policymakers and program developers understand the opportunities and challenges of effectively using TANF funding to support out-of-school time initiatives.  It presents general considerations for using TANF to finance out-of-school time initiatives in light of reauthorization, explores three strategies for using TANF funding and considerations for each strategy, and provides examples of innovative state approaches.

Wallace Foundation

If you want out-of-school time programming that is high quality and you need to know how to budget for it, the Wallace Foundation can help. They share resources on how to plan for quality programming and community-wide initiatives as well as providing site examples. One of their most used resources is an online calculator that lets you determine the costs of a variety of options for high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programs. With the other available resources, it can help you make informed decisions so you can plan for programming in which children flourish.

Afterschool Alliance

Federal Funding sources for afterschool change because of the Federal appropriation process. The Afterschool Alliance website provides updates on new and eliminated funding sources. They also provide tools and resources on funding and sustainability. One of their most recent publications is a guide to STEM funding for out of school time programs. Check out the guide below.

Know Your Funders: A Guide to STEM Funding for Afterschool
The need for competency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills is not only increasingly important for success in the workforce but also to navigate the modern world and to make decisions that will inform public policy. In response to this need and to maintain the United States’ global competitiveness, the federal government as well as private philanthropies and corporations are increasingly investing in a variety of STEM education initiatives.

GoodSearch for Your Charity

You search, they give! is a new search engine that donates half its revenue, about a penny per search, to the charities its users designate. You use it just as you would any search engine, and it's powered by Yahoo!, so you get great results. Go to to sign your charity up, or enter NC CAP in the charity box if you want donations to go to us. Just 500 people searching four times a day will raise about $7300 in a year without anyone spending a dime! And, be sure to spread the word! 

Grantwriting Tools for Nonprofits

This Non-profit Guides website is designed to assist established non-profit organizations through the private and public grant-writing process.  

The Foundation Center

This is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy.  Use this website to find all types of funders and grantwriting resources.

Proposal Writing Short Course

The Foundation Center's two-part guide helps grantwriters through the process of writing a proposal. 


This site provides resources for both inexperienced and advanced nonprofit grant writers.  Topics include research, inquiry letters, full proposals, advice from funders, and hundreds of tips.


The Grantionary lists grant-related terms and their definitions. 

The Grantsmanship Center

This site offers information on federal funding, a database of community foundations by state, and grantwriting training to nonprofit organizations and government agencies.


An online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions.


A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school funding.

Online Business Degree

Help with writing grants, to businesses and for businesses.

Grant-Writing Made Simple

Finding alternative funding to support your educational technology purchases can be easier than you think. With this free guide, you'll find grants and fundraising information that can help you acquire the technology products that you want and need in your classroom. This free guide provides a wealth of information, including

Common Core of Data: Information on Public Schools and School Districts

The U.S. Department of Education's Common Core of Data (CCD) is a database on public elementary and secondary education.  The site provides comprehensive, annual, national statistics that are comparable across all states.  General descriptive information on schools (approximately 95,000 are included) and school districts (approximately 17,000 are included), data on students and staff, and fiscal data are included.  Users can create customized tables using data from multiple years.

eSchool News Funding Center

The Center provides information on grant programs and funding sources for schools. School based or linked afterschool programs may be eligible for some of these grant programs.