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Need help navigating funding opps in the new landscape? Check out Children's Funding Project

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Need help navigating funding opps in the new landscape? Check out Children's Funding Project

As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the country, response efforts have emerged at varying rates to combat some of the ill effects of shutting down cities and regions nationwide. As our understanding of the pandemic has changed, so too have the nature of these responses – ranging from Congressional relief bills to changes in available funds and allowable uses.

Keeping track of these changes and how it applies to local afterschool programs is a herculean task. The Children’s Funding Project has stepped in to try to make that easier.

The Children’s Funding Project is a social impact organization that uses strategic financing to close equity and opportunity gaps for children and has released a guide on the rapidly changing availability and flexibility of funds. Navigating New and Flexible Funding Streams for Kids during COVID-19 summarizes and explains new funding opportunities as well as new flexibilities in large federal programs because of the pandemic and will be updated as frequently as possible.

The Children’s Funding Project is also seeking examples from states and communities that are creatively serving children and youth. If you have a story to share, please do (and tell us, too!).  

Interested in more information like this? Visit our COVID-19 resource pages and join the online learning community!

New Wallace Foundation and EdCounsel resource offers opportunities to discover funding streams and develop partnerships

This July, The Wallace Foundation launched a new free resource created by EducationCounsel (EdCounsel): “Using Federal Funds for Summer Learning and Afterschool: A New Guide for Providers, School Districts, and Intermediaries” to help out-of-school time providers and leaders, school and...

BY: Sophie Kidd      08/09/22

Funding opportunity: National grant initiative for civic learning projects

By Frances Hannan, Program Officer for the WW Higher Education Media Fellowship and the Director of Multimedia Projects at the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. The Civic Spring Fellowship has open applications for two innovative grant initiatives that will support young people looking to...

BY: Guest Blogger      04/04/22

States put kids first with new revenue streams

Several new state revenue streams are emerging in states from Alaska to Maryland, and lawmakers in those states are recognizing the value of investing in young people and families with the funds generated. In Louisiana, revenue from sports gambling is being used to support early childhood...

BY: Jen Rinehart      03/17/22

Now open: Grants Up to $100,000 from the New York Life Foundation for Out-of-School Time (OST) programs

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications for $1,800,000 in grants to afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. This is the sixth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, and the Foundation has increased the total...

BY: Dan Gilbert      12/01/21

Looking for funding? Our updated funding database can help!

Funding for programs can come from a wide variety of sources – federal, state, and local governments, foundations large and small, and other donor groups. Tracking down those funding streams and determining eligibility takes a lot of time and resources, which we know are in short supply....

BY: Nicole Pettenati      11/12/21

Apply now: $300 mini-grants to help young people make a difference in their communities

“Not only do young people have the capacity to understand the world around them, they have the capacity to lead it.” -Gabe Abdellatif, youth contributor and former trustee, America’s Promise Alliance  America’s Promise Alliance and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation...

BY: Maria Rizo      06/04/21

Now open: Grant opportunities of up to $100,000 from the New York Life Foundation for out-of-school time programs

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications for $1,350,000 in grants to afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. This is the fifth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, bringing the total amount awarded to $ 6.15...

BY: Marisa Paipongna      12/15/20