Grants for after school programs for the year 2011 are available from the federal government, the State governments, corporate sponsors, and private organizations. Grants for after school programs are provided by the different funding sources in order to help students get the opportunities to learn more in the subject areas that had been cut back because of the scaled budget given to school districts nationwide.
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation
Inspired by the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus”, this nonprofit organization based in California awards grants all over the country. It gives grants to after school programs that are at least 3 years old and must be serving students from low-income families attending Title 1 schools. It gives grants of up to $10,000 that must solely be spent for the acquisition and repair of musical instruments. The grant money cannot be spent for salaries of teachers, events, or music lessons.
This foundation provides funds to schools and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States. The funding program is primarily interested in helping children 18 years old and below who are disenfranchised and belonging to low-income group. Grant money is to be spent for acquisition of instruments, and office materials to support learning, space for musical performance, and musical instruction.
Fender Music Foundation
The foundation provides grant music programs that are established, sustainable, and ongoing. The foundation gives grants to programs that are involved in music instruction instead of entertainment or music appreciation. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations or school boards with the grant money ranging from $500 to $5,000. Grant money must be used for the acquisition of traditional music instruments and music equipment. Grant money from the foundation cannot be used for repair, sheet music, sponsorship of events or for general operational expenses.
It is funded by the Department of Health Services for the creation of after school programs that promote sex education, abstinence, and prevention of drug and alcohol. The fund awards millions of dollars each year to schools throughout the United States. Application for the grant, which has a funding window of increments for a five-year period, must be submitted by school administrators.
21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
The grants are funded by the Department of Education with focus on providing assistance to students in the field of technology in the after school programs.