Cayen Systems presented at the National AfterSchool Association Conference in New York City March 15-18. The workshop, “Funding Sustainability: Beyond 21st CCLC,” shared ways you can ensure your after-school program will be able to serve your community for years to come.
After-school programs can have a multitude of funding sources. One of the biggest funding sources for afterschool programs is the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21 CCLC) Grant, but we have found that the most successful programs receive no more than 30% of their funding from a single source.
Fun Fact: While 21CCLC funding has been on the chopping block for the past two years, its funding has been consistently renewed over the initial budgetary estimate indicating that 21CCLC funding is on solid ground for years to come.
To receive 21CCLC funding, programs must collect and report specific program data points as prescribed by the government and doing so improves the odds of renewing your 21CCLC grant. But what happens when that funding term expires and your grant isn’t renewed?
In this session, we shared how some programs have successfully modified their program design to become an after-school care model that is sustainable for years to come, keeping their doors open to students and families. Participants will also had a chance to measure their current sustainability efforts and had an opportunity to share ideas with their peers.
If you were not able to attend the workshop, you can still learn some of these after-school program sustainability tips in our ebook: