Funding and Sustainability

Looking for information on state funding opportunities for afterschool and expanded learning? Check out our Public Funding News page.

The Network ran a Sustainability Series of webinars focused on the development and sustainability of high-quality programs, including afterschool, summer, and community schools, created or enhanced through school-community partnerships using American Rescue Plan funds. You can access the recordings of the webinars here.

The Wallace Foundation  is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. Their Knowledge Center has a compilation of valuable resources and financial tools for “fiscally fit” management. The organization identifies four key areas of strong financial management in order to deliver high-quality services: Planning, Monitoring, Operations, and Governance.

The Wallace Foundation has also developed a Cost Calculator  for afterschool programs to determine their “reasonable” costs and priorities. Before taking the assessment, organizations should consider the following components necessary to developing next steps: Program Goals, Implementation, Size & Staffing and Results.

The Afterschool Alliance  is working to ensure that all children have access to affordable, quality afterschool programs. They have outlined resources to support organizations plan for their futures including the following tools: an online tutorial, new funding sources, tips on writing proposals and funding publications that will help through the process.

ExpandED Schools (formerly TASC) is a nonprofit organization that helps urban schools give kids more time, more ways, and more opportunities to learn so that everyone can succeed. ExpandED’s Youth Funders Database is a very comprehensive search tool for funding. This funding opportunities database provides the expanded learning time field with the latest public and private funding information for a wide range of programming such as: Academics, Art, Music, Theater, College & Career Readiness, Financial Literacy, Health, Mental Health, Nutrition, and Safety, Crime & Violence Prevention.

The National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks provides access to valuable resources about the core components of afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. The National Network offer resources on sustainability and financing in a variety of topics including Budgeting,  Citywide Systems Building, Financial Management, Financial Reporting, Financing Plans, Fiscal Mapping, Funding Sources, Network Governance, and Partnership Building.

The Network for Youth Success also emails out funding opportunities and includes additional opportunities in the Network for Youth Success’ Membership newsletters. Become a member of the Network for Youth Success to receive these announcements.