George Lucas Educational Foundation

Funding Tips: Advice and Links on Finding Funding and Attracting Investors

Looking to start your own full-time learning program? Here are some tips that may help you get the resources you'll need.
By Jenny Parma
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Funding for extended-day learning programs comes from many sources. Here's a short sampling.

  • Federal funding. Find federal resources that provide grants and funding for extended learning programs.
  • Parents. Ask for parent donations. Parents are usually willing to donate varying amounts to enrich their child's learning.
  • Local businesses. Recruit businesses to provide support -- through funding or other resources. Do your research first; many businesses receive requests for support. Understand the company history, and make contact with the right representatives.
  • Foundations. Research local and state foundations dedicated to serving youth, the arts, health, and related topics.


  • Department of Education: Federal grant applications, opportunities, and resources for educators in the United States.
  • Comprehensive site that connects educators and the public to federal resources for financing and running full-time learning programs.
  • Afterschool Alliance: Tools, databases, and advice for funding full-time learning programs.
  • Children Now: Policy reports and research on California's after-school programs. Includes a kit for applying for California after-school funding.
  • Education World Grants Center: List of current education grants and articles for grant seekers.
  • Grant Resources: Guides and tips on how to write grant proposals.
  • The Foundation Center: Resources, tools, training, and news for grant writing and locating prospective funders.

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