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Summer Learning Funding Resources


"Two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities during the elementary school years."








Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times 

While summer learning is an emerging strategy for education reform, uncertainty over how to pay for it, especially in an environment of tough budget choices, has been a barrier for school districts and community partners alike. But for those who know where to look and devise creative strategies to combine funding streams for summer learning, there is also substantial opportunity.

Developed by NSLA with the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Moving Summer Learning Forward: A Strategic Roadmap for Funding in Tough Times is designed to help state and local leaders identify the most promising funding streams to support summer learning and show how innovative states, districts, and communities have creatively developed and sustained high-quality summer programming.


Other resources for finding funding include:

The Foundation Center
The Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector.

The Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance has numerous funding resources for afterschool providers, including tips to help initiate relationships with funders and businesses, and information on how to identify new funding opportunities.


21st Century Community Learning Centers
The 21st Century Community Learning Centers website will help you to identify your state contact for this funding and get more information about specific funding guidelines.


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