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Grant Resources for Child Care and After School Programs


Afterschool Alliance
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 streams.


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 agencies.


Land O'lakes
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 projects as:
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/. 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 pwi@pwirtr.org or visit the website at: http://www.pwirtr.org


RFP Bulletin
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/
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.