Adequate funding is critical to the sustainability of an afterschool program. Time-limited grants and difficult economic conditions can leave programs in a constant struggle to find stable sources of funding to continue their program over time. The following resources will assist program providers in learning more about ways to finance and sustain their afterschool programs.
Fiscal mapping provides a clear picture of how funding is allocated across state and local agencies to fund services for children and youth. It lays the groundwork for new state and community-level financing strategies by providing:
Resources about fiscal mapping
Follow the Money: A Tool for Mapping Funds for Out-of-School-Time Initiatives (PDF)
This tool draws upon selected examples of fiscal mapping research by statewide afterschool networks that track funding for out-of-school time programs. The tool provides an overview of fiscal mapping – a research approach that identifies the current expenditures for services for children and youth and their families. Organized into three parts, the tool provides: