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ERIC Number: ED499563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 166
Abstractor: ERIC
Finding Funding: A Guide to Federal Sources for Youth Programs. Finding Funding Series
Dobbins-Harper, Dionne; Bhat, Soumya
Finance Project
This publication is part of a series of tools and resources on financing and sustaining youth programming. These tools and resources are intended to help policymakers, program developers, and community leaders develop innovative strategies for implementing, financing, and sustaining effective programs and policies. This guide outlines strategies for gaining access to and using federal funds and provides information on 103 funding sources offering supports for youth programming. It includes well-known sources of funding for youth programming, for example, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, the state grants program of the "Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act," and "Gang Resistance Education and Training." It also includes some often overlooked funding sources, such as the U.S. Department of Labor's Apprenticeship Program, which prepares young people for the workforce, or the Corporation for National Service's Learn and Serve America program, which emphasizes positive youth development through volunteer opportunities. Section I of this guide looks at the funding landscape for programs serving youth. It provides an overview of public and private investments in youth programming. It also outlines some of the key challenges facing policymakers and community leaders as well as factors affecting present and future investments in these initiatives. Section II describes the structure and requirements of the various federal funding mechanisms to fund youth programs. Section III introduces the framework The Finance Project used to guide its research on federal funding sources for youth programming. This section also analyzes the broad domains (e.g., youth programming services, supportive services for youth, and youth development system supports) used in the framework and provides examples of federal programs that can support activities in each domain. Section IV presents strategies for maximizing federal funds and building partnerships. This section highlights youth initiatives that have used creative financing strategies to support their programming and offers tips for accessing funds and implementing financing strategies. Section V contains a catalog of federal funding sources that can support youth programming. Each one-page summary describes the funding source and provides eligibility, application, and contact information. To help readers identify specific funding sources to support their initiative, each source is also categorized according to the particular activities or services it can fund. Appendix A lists the funding sources cataloged in Section V sorted by the federal agency administering the funding source. Appendix B displays the federal programs by funding type (e.g., entitlements, block grants, and discretionary grants). (Contains 15 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Philip Morris Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Finance Project, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A