Many national and state grants are available for schools to run and house effective after-school programs. These grants are aimed at keeping students safe after school while parents work.
Purpose of Grants
The U.S. government and local school districts across the country place a heavy emphasis on after-school funding because of the high number of risky activities students can participate in between the hours of 2 and 5 p.m.
The UPLINK grant funded by the Department of Health Services pays millions of dollars annually to schools to create healthy after-school programs promoting abstinence, sex education and drug and alcohol prevention. School administrators can apply for the grant which provides a funding window in 5-year increments.
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21st Century Grant
The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant is funded by the Department of Education and focuses on assisting students with technology in after-school programs.
Grant writing is a very specific and detailed process that requires authors to follow precise guidelines to formally submit requests for funding.
Not Just "After School"
Many of these and other grants also fund summer programming to work with children during summer breaks. Having a successful summer program enhances a school's chances to receive funding.
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