Afterschool funding at a glance

A selection of possible funding sources at multiple levels

Looking for funding sources can be daunting—there are potential sources to tap at the federal, state and local levels, as well as opportunities for private funding and in-kind contributions. We've collected a list of examples at each level to help get the ball rolling.


Covid Relief Funds:

American Rescue Plan – ESSER III Funds

American Rescue Plan – Additional Funds

Other relief funds: GEER I and II (governors funds), ESSER I, ESSER II

Other Federal Funding (ongoing):

ESEA K-12 Funding

Child Care Development Block Grant

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) – Can support paid experiences for older students 


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Department of Health and Human Services 


Child Nutrition Programs, USDA     

·       Child and Adult Care Food Program (Afterschool Meals)

·       Summer Food Service Program (Summer Meals)


AmeriCorps, VISTA, Corporation for National and Community Service


Higher Education Act (HEA): Funds federal work study students to work in programs, also TRIO programs beginning at middle school and CCAMPIS to support college students with child care (See blog)


Other: Juvenile Justice, Mentoring, Mental Health, STEM/Science


State Level Opportunities:

Local Funding Opportunities: 

Also – Businesses, civic clubs, volunteers, older students, retirees, philanthropy

In-Kind Contributions:

  • Staff Time from a Community Organization
  • Evaluations Conducted by Universities
  • Fundraising Consultation by a Business
  • Special Events Ads by Local Media