Grants for After School Programs

by Eric Powell
Students can be protected in after-school programs.

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

At-risk youth are often served in these programs.

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.

UPLINK Grant

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.

21st Century Grant

Grant writing can lead to financial security for after-school programs.

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

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.

References

About the Author

Eric Powell is a counselor on Hawaii. He graduated from Oregon State University in 2004 and Georgia Southern University in 2006. During his time at OSU, Powell worked as a sportswriter and covered many OSU sports. At Georgia Southern, Powell wrote for "The George-Anne" as sportswriter and columnist.

Photo Credits

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