Check out this Grant Finder Tool from the Spark Foundation! It lets you search for Connecticut specific, or national grants available to after school programs. Click here to access the tool!

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Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation

Deadline: June 30, 2015
Award: Up to $10,000
The foundation awards grants to support work that helps stop bullying, helps those hurt by bullies, and/or helps increase tolerance in sports. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, the foundation gives particular attention to this community. Increasing tolerance and promoting diversity in sports is also central to the foundation’s mission.
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Open Meadows Foundation

Deadline: August 15, 2015
Award: Up to $2,000
Projects that are led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities, in the U.S. and worldwide, are funded by this foundation.
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The General Mills Foundation—Champions for Healthy Kids

Deadline: March 14, 2015
Award: $10,000
The GM Foundation will award 50 grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth. Programs must incorporate physical education and nutrition education.
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Stringed Instruments Grant

Deadline, Quarterly: June 30, September 30, December 31, and March 31
Award: Varies
Classics for Kids Foundation aims to bridge the funding gap and enhance school music programs by providing matching grants for beautiful new stringed instruments.
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RGK Foundation—Education Award

Deadline: Rolling
Award: Varies, Average Grant is $25,000
The Foundation’s primary interests within education include programs that focus on formal K–12 education (particularly mathematics, science, and reading), teacher development, literacy, and higher education.
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Wish You Well Foundation

Deadline: Rolling
Award: $200–$10,000
The Wish You Well Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that promote family literacy in the United States. The focus of the foundation’s grantmaking is on the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.
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Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation

Deadline: Rolling
DHRS supports a wide range of programs that serve vulnerable children including children who are ill, orphaned, disabled, injured, abused, or malnourished as well as children with limited or no access to education.
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American Honda Foundation—Education Grants

Deadline: Rolling
Award: Up to $75,000
The foundation seeks to support imaginative, creative, youthful, forward-thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative projects. Funds are provided for youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.
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Finish Line Youth Foundation Youth Athletic and Active Lifestyle Grant Programs

Deadline: Rolling
Award: $1,000–$5,000
Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in the following areas: (1) Youth athletic programs — Community-based programs addressing active lifestyle and team building skills; (2) Camps — Established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids.
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Youth Program Grants

Deadline: Rolling
Award: Varies
The ESA Foundation is dedicated to supporting positive programs and opportunities that make a difference in the lives of America’s youth. The Foundation seeks to harness the collective power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. The Foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American boys and girls of all races and religions.
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Finding resources for your program can be tough. Here are some tips on how to steer your approach to getting funding:

num-button-01 Think “Sustainability”

To create a program that works, your sustainability plan should be specific. What role will parent fees play? Where will you seek funds? How can you use in-kind resources? Who are your logical partners? Who will approach donors and/or write proposals? How can you take the long view to stay in business? Check out for some great tools to help with this.

num-button-02 Make a plan

Start from your mission statement and strategic plan. Allocate adequate time to meet with stakeholders, review data and do some thinking about a plan to sustain (and possibly grow) your program. Sources related to planning for sustainability and finding funds may be found here, under “Funding & Sustainability”.

num-button-03 Do your homework

Research is required to identify your most likely funding sources. Some grant sources are listed to the left, but there are thousands more. Find your local Foundations Center repository and plan to spend some time identifying prospective funders.

num-button-04 Gather data, plan to gather more

Plan to evaluate. Few programs get funded without showing that they are serving a real need and are able to perform. Expansion and even continuation is usually impossible without evidence of quality. Organize data you already have (waiting list numbers, etc.) and community interest as well as the value of what you are already delivering. Use data from the school district, Connecticut State Department of Education, and organizations like the United Way to help establish need.

num-button-05 Budget realistically

If you want out-of-school time programming that is high quality and you need to know how to budget for it,
this website
can help. This online calculator lets you determine the costs of a variety of options for high-quality out-of-school time programs. With other resources on this site, it can help you make informed decisions so you can plan for programming in which children flourish.

num-button-06 Need only a small grant?

Looking for a small grant to fund a special project? Check out our November 2011 webinar for specific how-tos and resources.

num-button-07 Ask for help

Additional training can be helpful in improving your skills raising money. Check out trainings by the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, nonprofit resource libraries, or the free, on-line are all good places to start. The Connecticut After School Network’s Resource Library (a free resource for professional members) has numerous resources to help improve your sustainability skills. Contact us to find out more. Consider hiring a grantwriter, or finding a volunteer editor to review your grants. Everyone can benefit from an outside perspective on how to tell their story in a more compelling way.