Grant Resources for Child Care and After School Programs
The Afterschool Alliance has a comprehensive funding site
that provides links to major sources of federal, state, and
local funding as well as links to private and in kind funding
Afterschool.gov: Finding Federal Dollars
A searchable database of information about over 100 sources
of funding from many different government agencies. The site
also offers grant writing tips.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Baltimore Direct Services
Grants Program annually funds a wide range of not-for-profit
community-based or community-serving organizations that work
directly with disadvantaged children, youth, and families,
primarily in Baltimore City. Grants may be used to start or
enhance direct services or programs including education and
child care for disadvantaged children and families.
Child Care Online
Child care online has done extensive research into the question of "Where to find grants for child care programs." The site provides information on grant resources for both non-profit and for-profit child care programs and includes a link to http://www.fundsnetservices.com/maryland.htm for a list of state of Maryland funding resources (many of these links do not work).
The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
The mission of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore is to strengthen the community by building charitable endowments, maximizing benefits to donors, making effective grants and providing leadership to address community needs.
Allows organizations to electronically find and apply for
competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making
The Mid-Atlantic Grants Program is a grassroots program
developed specifically for Land O'Lakes dairy communities in
the states of Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
and Virginia. The program works to improve quality of life
by supporting valuable projects and charitable endeavors
initiated by our Mid-Atlantic dairy-member leaders.
Community organizations applying for grants may be eligible
for donations of $500 to $5,000 for local projects and
programs. Funds could be used to support such worthwhile
Backing local food pantries or emergency feeding efforts
Aiding 4-H or FFA programs
Building a new park pavilion for the community
Establishing a local wetland preserve
Purchasing books for the community library
Application deadline: Ongoing
Learning Point Associates
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Learning Point Associates has received a grant from the Charles
Stewart Mott Foundation to collect high-quality complementary
learning activities and innovative afterschool programs
throughout the country. High-quality complementary learning
activities and innovative programs provide children and youth
with nonschool support and opportunities that complement the
learning happening in school. These activities and programs also
promote better outcomes for the participants?lives. If your
program or activity is selected you will gain national
recognition through a calendar and website. Also, we are giving
away five $50 gift certificates for teacher supplies to be given
to random entries. For more information please visit
http://www.learningpt.org/page.php?pageID=212. If you feel
your program has complementary learning activities, use the
activities form. If you feel your innovative program is a
complementary learning program, use the program form found at
this site. Feel free to reproduce either form for staff
discussion and submission.
Maryland Department of Human Resources
The Family Day Care Provider Grant Program, administered by
the Child Care Administration (CCA), exists to help registered
family child care providers offset many of the costs of opening
their child care programs. Eligibility is based upon certain
income levels and family size. The site includes applications.
National 4-H Council
The Strategic Initiatives Team of National 4-H Council offers
grants for youth in local communities, in counties, and on
the state level. These grants provide opportunities for young
people and adults to take action on issues critical to their
lives, their families, and their communities. Youth take the
lead in the design of the project, the proposal writing process,
the implementation, and the evaluation of funded projects.
Pathways Within Inc.
Pathways Within Inc.'s Roads to Reading Initiative, supports
libraries in rural communities and organizations with literacy
and other reading programs to receive books and other
educational materials with the overall objective of preparing
young children to learn to read and to motivate older children
to read regularly. This year, preference will be given to
after-school programs and day-care and community centers.
Organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, religious organizations and
municipal organizations in poor or rural communities with annual
operating budgets under $95,000 are eligible. For more
information, please contact: Kathryn Jenkins, Pathways Within 84
Forest Avenue, Millinocket, Me. 04462; (207) 723-6898
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the
The RFP (Request for Proposals) Bulletin provides a brief
overview of a current funding opportunity offered by a foundation
or other grantmaking organization. Read the weekly bulletins
online or subscribe to the electronic newsletter.
Rural Information Center
http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ricpubs/rural_child_care.htm and http://www.nal.usda.gov/ric/ricpubs/funding/fundguide.html
Rural Information Center (RIC) provides a FAQ page to help
individuals search for funding. The site also offers a resource
guide with tips for grant writing and finding grants for rural
providers. The site offers links to federal, state, and private
resources that may be used for child care services.
USDA Child Nutrition Programs: Afterschool Snacks
Information about obtaining cash reimbursement for afterschool
snacks from the USDA through the Child and Adult Care Food
Program and the National School Lunch Program.