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Tools for Finding Funding

Having trouble finding funding for your afterschool, summer, or youth development program? There are many resources available to help you find funding, and also improve your applications.

The resources on this list are not managed by School's Out Washington, but we've found them useful in the past.

Free tools & resources for seeking funding

Afterschool Alliance

“The Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children. It is supported by a group of public, private and nonprofit organizations that share the Alliance's vision of ensuring that all children have access to afterschool programs.”

The Afterschool Alliance website has a section dedicated to funding. This includes updates on available grants as well as tips on seeking funding for afterschool programs, guides on how to build sustainability, a database on funding sources, and information on the most common sources for finding funding to support afterschool.

The Finance Project

The Finance Project is “a specialized non-profit research, consulting, technical assistance, and training firm for public and private sector leaders nationwide. The Finance Project helps leaders make smart investment decisions, develop sound financing strategies, and build solid partnerships that benefit children, families, and communities.” Their website has a wealth of information on funding, partnership building, sustainability, and other financing related strategies for out-of-school time projects and other children and youth related issues.”

Harvard Family Research Project

“Since 1983, the HFRP has helped stakeholders develop and evaluate strategies to promote the well being of children, youth, families, and their communities. HFRP works primarily within three areas that support children’s learning and development—early childhood education, out-of-school time programming, and family and community support in education. Underpinning all of HFRP’s work is a commitment to evaluation for strategic decision making, learning, and accountability.”

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math)

STEM Grants is an online resource with a free downloadable annual STEM funding guide.


FindYouthInfo.gov is a U.S. government website that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.

Funding for Social Change Project

The Free Child Project has a list of funders who support Social Change by and with young people.

Funding for Child Health Projects

Shaping America’s Youth has a list of funders who support projects that focus on child and youth health outcomes.

Paid subscriptions services and grant databases

Philanthropy Northwest

A 12-month online subscription is $165.00 plus tax.

For more information contact: info@PhilanthropyNW.org (206) 443-8430

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association

Information on grantwriting events, resources and freelance grantwriters. PGSA holds annual Fall Conference in October plus other meetings and conferences throughout the year. Learn more.


GrantWatch.com “is the only website that provides a comprehensive listing of the most current funding opportunities: Federal, Foundation grants for nonprofits, for-profits, preschools, education, community, faith based organizations, universities, small businesses and government. GrantWatch.com was developed in response to the need to bring more program dollars to Community Based Organizations.”

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center provides information on philanthropy news, research, trainings and products, along with help for finding funders and a learning lab. Online directory is available for a monthly subscription at different rates depending on search options.

CD Publications

Newsletter publishers since 1961. CD Publications’ specialty is “providing you, the time-pressed professional, with comprehensive news and inside reporting from Congress, federal agencies and communities around the country, in a single easy-to-read, information-packed source. Newsletters cover a wide range of key domestic issues from housing to healthcare, children to seniors, minority business to community development, welfare, education and more, bringing you details and insights you often won't find anywhere else.”

Private foundations funding youth-serving programs

Visit the foundation websites listed below for more information regarding eligibility, primary funding areas and application procedures.

The Medina Foundation

Supports general operating, capital expenses and programs focused on critical community needs in the categories of: Housing & homelessness; youth development; hunger; education; family support; and economic development.

The Norcliffe Foundation

“Areas of support include education, health, social services, civic improvement, religion, culture and the arts, the environment, historic preservation, and youth programs.”

The Seattle Foundation

As one of the largest community foundations, The Seattle Foundation offers a variety of grant programs and information-sharing opportunities to support local nonprofit organizations and help establish the knowledge to advise their fundholders on effective grantmaking.

The Boeing Company

“Major areas of focus include primary and secondary education, early learning, health and human services, arts and culture, civic engagement, and environment. The company also offers a Gift Matching Program for active employees and retirees.”

Northwest Children’s Fund

Offers funding to help at-risk youth focuses on fostering stable relationships, promoting critical decision-making abilities and instilling positive values. Grants support tutoring and mentoring, programs for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care, and a variety of youth engagement programs.

United Way of King County

Review the 2015 strategy and investment plan for an overview of focus areas for the coming year.

Social Venture Partners

SVP cultivates effective philanthropists and strengthens organizations driving community change – building powerful relationships that advance shared community goals. Areas of focus include K-12 education.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

“The Foundation makes grants in three major areas: our Pacific Northwest Program funds arts, and culture, libraries, education and financial empowerment projects in local communities; our Global Initiatives fuel exploration and innovation in the fields of science and technology; and our Signature Awards area recognizes and awards creative leaders and promising researchers.”

The Stuart Foundation

“The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to transforming public education and the child welfare system so that all youth can learn and achieve in school and life. The Foundation is a partner and convener in melding the resources, thinking, and energy necessary to create and sustain system-wide change in California and Washington. It invests in programs and practices that serve as scalable and sustainable models and that inform policy.”

The Safeway Foundation

We like to fund projects that have a positive impact in our communities and fulfill one or more of our funding priorities. Requests to support events and requests for food donations are also considered in this subset. Who reviews your request: The local Public Affairs Director considers local community funds. Typical Grant request amount: Varies—but are typically between $2,500 and $10,000. Deadline: Quarterly.

Google Education Grants

Google RISE Awards are designed to support organizations that promote access to Computer Science education and give students aged 7-18 the opportunity to become creators - and not just consumers - of tomorrow’s technological innovations. We award funding to, and partner with, organizations running programs that inspire, engage, and retain students on a long-term path in the field of computing.


Geared for programs that improve science, technology, engineering and math education for students during their primary, secondary, and higher education years, and that expand educational opportunities for under-represented students. Qualcomm's focus our philanthropy primarily in geographic regions where they have a business presence.

The GTECH After School Advantage Program

A national community investment program, which “provides non-profit community agencies and public schools with state-of-the-art computer labs. These computer centers are designed to provide inner-city children aged five to 15 with a meaningful, yet fun, learning experience during the critical after-school hours, in a safe environment.”