Funding Publications


Snapshots of Sustainability: Profiles of Successful Strategies for Financing Out-of-School Time Programs

Making the Match: Finding Funding for After School Education and Safety Programs 

Getting the Grant: A Guide to Securing Additional Funds for Afterschool Education and Safety Programs

Financing After-School Programs
by Robert Halpern, Carol Cohen, and Sharon Deich (May 2000) This paper provides an overview of afterschool programs, the costs associated with building and maintaining afterschool programs, and the variety of funding sources that are available to support both direct services and infrastructure for afterschool programs.

The Road to Sustainability This 51-page workbook on sustainability contains many of the ideas in the Afterschool Alliance's Funding section of the Web site. This workbook was created The National Center for Community Education in collaboration with the Afterschool Alliance with generous support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.


Finding Funding: A Guide to Federal Sources for Youth Programs by Dionne Dobbins-Harper and Soumya Bhat, The Finance Project, January 2007

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Using NCLB Funds to Support Extended Learning Time, by Ayeola Fortune, Heather Clapp Padgette, and Lucinda Fickel, The Finance Project, (August 2005) Developed in conjunction with the Council of Chief State School Officers, this brief outlines strategies for using funding sources included in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) to support afterschool programs. It also provides examples of afterschool programs that are successfully using these funds.

Using CCDF to Finance Improved Access to Child Care during Nontraditional Hours by Amanda Szekely, The Finance Project, October 2004

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Using CCDF to Finance Out-of-School Time and Community School Initiativesby Sharon Deich with Erika Bryant and Elisabeth Wright (August 2001) This strategy brief highlights several strategies for using CCDF funds and discusses considerations for each strategy. It provides examples of innovative approaches that policy makers, community leaders, and program developers can employ to support out-of-school time and community school initiatives.

Estimated Federal Investment in Out-of-School Time (Update) The Finance Project (July 2007) This two page documents updates the estimated federal investment in out-of-school time from numerous federal funding streams (CCDF, 21CCLC, TANF, Food and Nutrition, Title I, Social Service Block Grant). An overview of each funding stream and methodology for determining their estimated investment in out-of-school is also included.

Food and Nutrition Maximizing Federal Food and Nutrition Funds for Out-of-School Time and Community School Initiatives by Barbara Hanson Langford (February 2000) This brief provides an overview of the major sources of federal food and nutrition funds that can support out-of-school time and community school programs and highlights a number of strategies that community leaders and program developers can employ to maximize the use of federal food and nutrition funds in their communities.

Mental Health SAMHSA Funding Opportunities for Afterschool, by Dionne Dobbins, (June 2005)

Justice U.S. Department of Justice Funding Opportunities for Afterschool, by Dionne Dobbins, (June 2005)

Using TANF to Finance Out-of-School Time Initiatives by Nanette Relave, The Finance Project (June 2007).  The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program can be an important source 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.

Beyond Welfare: New Opportunities to Use TANF to Help Low-Income Working Families by Mark Greenberg. Describes how states can use TANF and maintenance of effort funds to provide a range of vital assistance to low-income working families. Pub No. 99-25. 12 pages. July 15,1999

Tapping TANF for Youth: When and How Welfare Funds Can Support Youth Development, Education, and Employment Initiatives by Marie Cohen and Mark Greenberg. Describes some of the many ways that TANF funds can be used to support programs for youth. After a concise description of TANF rules regarding what services can be provided and to whom, the report includes examples of states and counties using TANF funds for afterschool and summer programs, youth development programs, teen parent programs, and others. Also included is an attachment listing proven and promising program models that could be funded with TANF. Pub No. 00-01. 26 pages. January 15, 2000

TANF Spending in 2003, by Mark Greenberg and Hedieh Rahmanou, presents national data for how federal and state funds were used, describes changes over time, explains how states are exhausting their reserve funds, and highlights concerns about limits in existing reporting. Revised February 2, 2005. The related State-by-State TANF Spending in 2003 provides links to state-by-state tables of TANF and maintenance of effort spending.

Categories and Definitions for TANF and Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Fundsprovides additional detail about federal reporting requirements and allowable spending. Pub No. 05-03. January 18, 2005


CCDF and 21CCLC: State Efforts to Facilitate Coordination for Afterschool Programs by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Child Care Bureau, The Finance Project, October 2004

State Legislative Investments in School-Age Children and Youth by Barbara Hanson Langford (June 2001) This paper highlights trends in state investments in school-age children and youth. Part I of the publication examines the landscape of state legislative action regarding supports and services for school-age children and youth. Part II provides a state-by-state catalogue of statutes that provide support for school-age children and youth.

Report: Untapped Potential? How States Contract Directly with Providers to Shore Up Child Care Choices for Low-Income Families by Rachel Schumacher, Kate Irish, and Mark H. Greenberg. States currently have the flexibility to contract directly with providers to make child care available to low-income families. According to this first national study of state child care contracting policies, states are using contracts to increase the supply of child care in certain high-need areas, to provide child care to special populations, and to improve the quality of child care program standards and services. Although nearly half the states use contracts to shore up child care supply for low-income families, the full potential of contracting has not yet been tapped. Pub No. 03-20a. 82 pages. April 4, 2003


A Guide to Public-Private Partnerships for Out-of-School Time and Community School Initiatives by Sharon Deich (January 2001) This guide is designed to provide policy makers, program leaders, system-building advocates, and others with practical information on creating and maintaining public-private partnerships. It draws from the experiences and wisdom of successful partnership leaders at the national, state, and local levels to provide resources for existing and future partnerships.


Why Supporting Advocacy Makes Sense for Foundations by Gara LaMarche President and CEO, The Atlantic Philanthropies (May 2008)

Mapping The Field: Scope and Goals of Grantmaking to Improve the Effectiveness of Out-of-School Time. Grantmakes for Education reports on a survey of foundations that support programs for students and youth during the hours after school. The report documents a significant number of funders interested in out-of-school time programs, and that the grants available to fund these programs are significant. The survey results also look at the priorities, strategies and approaches of foundations when looking at applications for funds. The report was underwritten by the C.S. Mott Foundation. Read the report at: