Ready to launch Community Schools for children and families in your area? Once you have buy-in from residents and a plan to coordinate services and resources, it will be important to secure funding to start and sustain the future for education in your community. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

Funding Sources


  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act Titles I, II, and IV
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center grants
  • Tile IV-A Student Support and Enrichment grants
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Statewide Family Enagement Centers program
  • Full-Service Community Schools grants
  • Child and Adult Care Food Program
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
  • Workforce investment and Opportunities Act
  • AmeriCorps


  • State education funds
  • State community school grants
  • State after-school grants
  • State summer programs
  • Public and school-based health funds
  • Health and nutrition programs
  • Early care and education programs
  • College access funds
  • Family Resource Centers


  • Parks and recreation departments
  • Housing authorities
  • Juvenile justice and crime prevention programs
  • Local education and school district funds
  • Library funds
  • Local dedicated revenues from cities and counties


  • Philanthropy
  • Local businesses
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Nonprofits and intermediaries

Sustainability means more than fundraising for Community Schools — it means making permanent changes in daily practice and in institutional arrangements, both human and financial resources. Sustained funding and solid partnerships are equally important; they in fact depend on and reinforce one another.

— from Building Community Schools: A Guide for Action
by the National Center for Community Schools


The following research-backed framework was developed The Children’s Aid Society. Consider the following before beginning to develop a sustainability model for schools in your community.

  • Vision
  • Results Orientation
  • Strategic Financial Partners
  • Adaptability to Change
  • Broad Base of Support
  • Key Champions
  • Strong Internal Systems
  • Sustainability Plan

Considerations & Resources for Sustainability

The following federal programs can be used to support coordination and build infrastructure for Community Schools. In additional to financial resources, the Corporation for National and Community Service has a variety of programs that can provide volunteer and affordable staffing to support providing resources and services to students and families.


The following federal programs support high-quality early education to ensure children are high-achieving, life-long learners.


There are a variety of ways to effectively adopt the Community Schools model. Here are a few additional opportunities and related sources of support.


Fundraising Tools

Funding Data Collection Matrix

Funding Matrix Worksheet 

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