NC CAP can help you:
- Understand different types of funding available to afterschool programs
- Connect to potential funders
- Acquire tools for a competitive edge in the grant-seeking world
To learn more browse through the page below.
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.
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:
- Why form an administrative partnership?
- What are the different types of administrative partnerships?
- Which administrative services can be shared or outsourced?
- What are key considerations for determining whether to form an administrative partnership?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This Non-profit Guides website is designed to assist established non-profit organizations through the private and public grant-writing process.
This is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy. Use this website to find all types of funders and grantwriting resources.
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.
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.
- Sign up to receive the weekly GrantStation Insider from GrantStation.com and Youth Service America with news about new funding programs, upcoming deadlines, conferences, seminars, and more.
- Sign up to receive the monthly GrantStation Insider International edition from GrantStation.com and Youth Service America with information about a variety of resources for non-governmental (NGO) and nonprofit organizations working internationally.
A free grants listing service that helps teachers find classroom grants for school funding.
Help with writing grants, to businesses and for businesses.
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
- How to write a successful grant application
- How to mix and match grants
- How to find grant funding from national, regional and worldwide sources
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.
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.