How Can I Get Government Funding to Start Up My Own Youth Program?

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Getting government funding to start an after school youth program does not have to be a hassle. With proper planning and community support anyone can research and develop a safe, high-quality youth program with the help of the government. Whether you are a school administrator or a faith-based community organization, the opportunity to develop a quality after school program for the youth in your community with government financial assistance is well within your reach.

Write a youth program vision statement. Describe in your statement exactly what you expect to achieve with your after school youth program. For instance, if there is a need in your community to care for a public garden that requires volunteers you might want to consider writing a vision statement that seeks to recruit 10 youth volunteers from the ages of 14 through 18.

Share your vision statement with important community leaders such as school officials and parents from the local school district. Explain how your after school program will work including whatever goals you hope to achieve.

Search for a potential partner or government source of funding that compliments your youth program vision statement. Start your search by visiting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Family Services online state profiles directory where you can see what is being offered in your own state (see References). For a quick reference of current federal government programs visit the Afterschool.gov website.

Register with the government at Grants.gov. If you are applying as an individual, register under the individual requirement. If you are applying in partnership or on behalf of an organization, register under the organization registration.

Download the grant application package for your program from the Grants.gov website. Share this grant application package with all of the necessary community members assisting you with your youth program.

Complete the grant application. If necessary share the completed application with any other community members that are assisting you with developing the youth program.

Submit the grant application online at Grants.gov. Log in to your account using the user name and password provided to you at the time you registered. Upload your grant application on to the Grants.gov system following their online instructions.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't already have an idea in mind, consult with school officials or community-based organizations such as your local church or public library to determine what type of after school youth program is best suited for your community.

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