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Fiscal Management

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:

  • A detailed account of all federal, state and local expenditures on programs supporting children and youth
  • An analysis of the adequacy, flexibility and stability of existing funding
  • An identification of opportunities to more effectively coordinate, maximize and align resources to support improved outcomes for children, youth and families

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:

  • An overview of the six steps in completing a fiscal mapping process
  • Considerations and strategies for data collection
  • Worksheets to help readers collect the data itself

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Denver Afterschool Alliance
Maxine Quintana