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Funding options for partnerships vary depending on the needs and focus of each collaborative effort. Examples may include blended and leveraged private foundation contributions, local donations and federal, state and local program dollars (including Title I monies). Funding for a partnership may need to flow through one partner agency to another. Informal partnerships that are coordinating services or sharing resources may not need a formal funding structure. Sharing information about funding among partners, whether it is monies transferred from one partner to another or through one particular organization via a grant, it is important to keep accurate records and provide timely information to those that need it.

Resources:

Per the Coalition for Community Schools, “communities across the Nation are working to create policies that support the community school strategy. These policies can be used to direct city and district funding or local school or school board policies that support the implementation of community schools.” City, county and school district policies create opportunities where local funds can be leveraged for greater impact in partnerships. The Coalition for Community Schools has information on types of federal funding sources that support community schools partnerships.

California Healthy Start: Seed Funding to Build Partnerships for Student Success, a report of the Partnership for Children and Youth, highlights schools that serve as access points for children and family services in low-income communities across California. The report includes six case studies of partnerships that include school districts, local government agencies, and non-profit groups. While the programs received initial funding through the Healthy Start program, the examples have evolved into self-funded partnerships.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Aligning Local Resources for Student Success This brief, written by Partnership for Children and Youth, describes how community school efforts are financed—primarily, how local government agencies partner to align existing resources.

California’s Department of Education has information on its Healthy Start website about state-funded school-community collaborative grants for integrating services to meet desired results and to support academic success for children, youths and families.

Per the Coalition for Community Schools, “communities across the Nation are working to create policies that support the community school strategy. These policies can be used to direct city and district funding or local school or school board policies that support the implementation of community schools.” City, county and school district policies create opportunities where local funds can be leveraged for greater impact in partnerships.

CCS is interested to learn from agencies addressing funding barriers and to understand different models of funding for partnerships. Please share your partnership’s examples by email at rstephens@ca-ilg.org or 916-658-8207

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