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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!

NASA opens call for proposals for informal STEM education

Inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers through NASA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning opportunities! If you’re still conducting STEM learning under extraordinary circumstances, NASA wants to hear from your out-of-school time...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      07/21/20

Helping overlooked communities with crowdfunding tools

Over the last week, many Americans received stimulus payments via direct deposit from the IRS; however, many people were left out of this program. While some may still have funds coming eventually, many in the communities we serve will not. Additionally, some receiving stimulus funding may find...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      04/27/20

How federal legislation can help non-profits support employees during COVID emergency

The recent legislation known as the CARES Act provided a third emergency supplemental of funding and included direct help to people and businesses on the ground suffering the economic impacts of the pandemic. We have seen a number of great resources from organizations to help beneficiaries...

BY: Jillian Luchner      04/01/20

Maintaining and building relationships with funders during COVID-19

Photo courtsey of #WOCinTech Chat. This blog is part of a developing series on the state of afterschool funding and the changing landscape of philanthopy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this space for more posts! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, funders are responding to the changing...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      03/30/20

Service learning grants—up to $500!

With generous support for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Youth Service Alliance (YSA) will award Afterschool Grants of up to $500 each to support youth-led service or service-learning in afterschool programs. Grants are offered on a competitive application basis and open to any afterschool...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      09/16/19

Up to $20,000 for out-of-school time educators working with kids & parents

Do you know a fantastic educator who goes above and beyond to engage not just the student, but also families, in learning? The National Center for Families Learning is seeking applicants for the 2019 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year competition, which will provide up to $20,000 to school or...

BY: Alex Crooks      05/14/19

Ameriprise Financial grants for supporting community vitality & more

Do you provide meals and snacks to children enrolled in your program? Rely on help from volunteers? Offer arts education or access for underserved populations? Ameriprise Financial is offering grants that can help you fund your work! Scope: Ameriprise Financial provides support in the...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      03/07/19

Now open: National block grant for systemic improvements & community transformation

Big challenges require lots of resources. If your organization, network, or agency seeks to create new economic opportunities in your community and improve quality of life for low-income individuals and families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Community Services Block Grant...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      02/05/19

Grant opp.: Up to $500 for creative community projects

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is offering funding of up to $500 to design and implement a creative program for your school or library! Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs are encouraged to apply. Previous successful projects have included a ceramic totem...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      01/18/19

Funding opp.: STEM learning grants from Honda

The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on STEM subjects, in addition to environmental science and stewardship. If these are key components of your afterschool curriculum, read on for details about applying for up to $75,000 in grant funds! Eligibility:...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      01/10/19

Stimulus checks are being donated to support essential workers & immigrant communities

Over the last week, many Americans received stimulus payments via direct deposit from the IRS; however, many people were left out of this program. While some may still have funds coming eventually, many of those in communities we serve will not. Additionally, some receiving stimulus funding may...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      05/08/20

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...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      05/04/20

New financial planning tool for afterschool programs in the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we serve young people, forcing programs to adapt in myriad ways to ensure supports are available to students and their families. What once felt like a short-term shift is becoming the new norm, and the strain of lost revenue from program fees and contracts...

BY: Chris Neitzey      05/01/20

#GivingTuesdayNow: An opportunity to connect, share gratitude, and raise funds

Every year following the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, nonprofits around the globe participate in GivingTuesday, a day of international generosity and unity. In response to the demands and hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic, GivingTuesday has announced #GivingTuesdayNow, taking place on...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      04/29/20

Helping overlooked communities with crowdfunding tools

Over the last week, many Americans received stimulus payments via direct deposit from the IRS; however, many people were left out of this program. While some may still have funds coming eventually, many in the communities we serve will not. Additionally, some receiving stimulus funding may find...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      04/27/20

How federal legislation can help non-profits support employees during COVID emergency

The recent legislation known as the CARES Act provided a third emergency supplemental of funding and included direct help to people and businesses on the ground suffering the economic impacts of the pandemic. We have seen a number of great resources from organizations to help beneficiaries...

BY: Jillian Luchner      04/01/20

Maintaining and building relationships with funders during COVID-19

Photo courtsey of #WOCinTech Chat. This blog is part of a developing series on the state of afterschool funding and the changing landscape of philanthopy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this space for more posts! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, funders are responding to the changing...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      03/30/20

NASA opens call for proposals for informal STEM education

Inspire, engage, educate, and employ the next generation of explorers through NASA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics learning opportunities! If you’re still conducting STEM learning under extraordinary circumstances, NASA wants to hear from your out-of-school time...

BY: Nicole Pettenati      07/21/20

Funding opp.: STEM learning grants from Honda

The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on STEM subjects, in addition to environmental science and stewardship. If these are key components of your afterschool curriculum, read on for details about applying for up to $75,000 in grant funds! Eligibility:...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      01/10/19

Grants for automotive repair programs

Afterschool programs can be critical partners in helping young people access the skills and training they need to pursue jobs of all kinds, including automotive and mechanical careers. If your out-of-school time program is teaching young people the skills needed to maintain cars, motorcycles,...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      12/10/18

Got a green thumb? Get a grant!

If your program features a youth garden, Green Education Foundation and Gardener's Supply Company want to help it thrive! To enter the Green Thumb Challenge, schools and youth groups (including afterschool programs) are encouraged to to submit chronicles of their garden projects...

BY: Charlotte Steinecke      09/04/18

An insider's guide to funding afterschool: Stewarding a donor

What is stewardship? It’s the process by which a relationship is nurtured through communications and activities once a gift has been made. It’s about keeping a donor engaged between solicitations. Stewardship post gift is similar to cultivating a prospect before a solicitation has been...

BY: Christopher Vance      11/05/19

An insider's guide to funding afterschool: The basics of proposal writing

After you have identified, qualified and cultivated your prospect (see September’s fundraising blog, IQCSS), it is time to make the solicitation by submitting a proposal. The foundation will either have proposal guidelines available on their website or, you’ll be invited to submit a...

BY: Christopher Vance      10/04/19

An insider's guide to funding afterschool: IQCSS, the fundraising cycle

Raising the necessary funds to operate your afterschool program can often be one of the most challenging parts of your work day. It takes a great deal of time and teamwork to go from finding a donor to realizing a gift. A fundraising step-by-step guide can help. The fundraising cycle consists of...

BY: Christopher Vance      09/09/19

An insider's guide to funding afterschool: 5 steps to partnering with foundations

Running a successful afterschool program is half the challenge. You’ll need great educators, interesting curriculum, and engaged young people and parents. Finding funding for your program is the other half of the challenge and for some, the most daunting. Many programs struggle to maintain...

BY: Christopher Vance      01/17/19