With the youth population growing in some states, and with both parents working and especially in single parent households, being able to afford after school tutoring programs can be difficult. After school tutoring serves one main purpose, they give kids a better start educationally. They also make it possible for children to be engaged in safe activity after school hours when parents or guardians may not be around to supervise them.
Finding grants for tutoring programs may call for some creativity as some sources of funding are not from sources you would expect. Also, in many cases these grants are available to cities to help them provide after school programs for children in the community. Some grants for tutoring programs are from well-known corporate entities. Tutoring grants have varying values. Some tutoring grants are listed below.
This grant can be applied for a variety of programs including after school programs for children which are administered by different states, that have their own programs. Some states that offer grants for after school programs are:
Pennsylvania with its Heinz Endowment (http://www.heinz.org/Interior.aspx?id=52) Fund which offers funds for use in programs such as after school tutoring programs to help in the education of youths. There is also the Impact 100 Philadelphia (http://impact100philly.org/) programs, which offers grants of up to $100,000. One of the focus areas for grants are areas in education that offers programs to underserved segments of the population.
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers
This program funds after school programs exclusively across the U.S. According The 21st Century Community Learning Centers website (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/21stcclc/index.html), funding is provided to community learning centers “academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children…” Special focus is geared towards students in low performing schools. Only State Education Agencies (SEAs) can apply for this grant.
State Farm Good Neighbor Citizen Grant
This grant is not specifically listed as being for after school programs is opened to educational institutions. However, under this program funding is granted to educational institutions, and these institutions can offer after school tutoring to help students reach their full potential. There are actually three types of education grants for K-12 public schools. According to the website (https://www.statefarm.com/about-us/community/education-programs) these are aimed at service learning, teacher development and education reform/systematic improvement.
Ace It! Tutoring
These grants provide funding for after school programs to help in educational improvement for different categories of people. Ace It! Tutoring (http://www.aceittutoring.com/funding/) offers funding for a number of initiatives such as the Striving Readers (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/strivingreaders/index.html) program geared towards raising the literacy levels of middle to high school students. The amount of funds available for this program is large, starting from $750,000 and over, a large number of students can benefit. There is also the Education for Homeless Children and Youths Grants for State and Local Activities (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/homeless/index.html). This funding program as the name states is aimed at providing education for homeless children and youths in all states. The Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/titleiparta/index.html) states clearly on the U.S. Department of Education’s website that this program “provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.” After school tutoring programs is one means of providing the services to do so based on the guidelines for getting this grant. The Ace It! Tutoring website (http://www.aceittutoring.com/funding/) lists a number of other grants and funding opportunities for education.
The Child Care and Development Fund
This program (http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/resource/child-care-and-development-fund) provides funding to approved organizations to provide quality child care as we as to assist in the provision of quality good early childhood development and after school activities. This program is available to qualified agencies throughout the US.
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (http://www.msdf.org/programs/urban-education/initiatives/united-states/academic-after-school-programs/) provides funding to non-organizations that meet the qualifying criteria to help them provide “use during- and after-school programs and services to promote behavioral and academic improvements among Central Texas students who face significant socioeconomic and personal challenges”. This particular grant is available only in Texas. However, visit the website to look for other programs that is available in other states.
This grant may not be exactly what anything thinks about when they think about after school programs, since what it offers is notional support for students in these programs. However, everyone knows that children do not learn well when they are hungry. As such the Federal Foods and Nutrition Program (http://www.fns.usda.gov/) serves an important role in the life of students attending after school programs.
The importance of after school programs, not only for poor or underserved communities, but for the average family is an area of focus for many funding agencies. While many of the grants are aimed to specific segments of society such as minority children and the low-performing schools, research will show that some are available for any institution that provides quality after school programs.