Snapshot Guide to Funding Opportunities

Facilitate an Asset Mapping workshop with your leadership and program team


  • Identify a “gate keeper” to different agencies that you seek to explore and secure funding opportunities through

  • Identify individual(s) that can help develop a relationship that you can further nurture and grow into productive collaborations and lasting relationships to sustain your program and vision.

  • Know your story very well – sometimes you may only have a 3-minute elevator ride to tell your story and other times you may have an hour – be prepared for both.

Promising Approaches:

  • your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants

  • Contact your local United Way agency – they can provide you with information on their grants as well as others within the community

  • The National Christian Foundation: register as a ministry, seek access to the national database for information on foundations seeking to give and support ministries such as yours

  • Servant Christian Community Foundation (SCCF) is one of a nationwide network of Local Christian Foundations that are affiliated with The National Christian Foundation (NCF). Since 1982, this network has granted more than $3 billion to over 15,000 churches and ministries worldwide

  • Contact your local law enforcement agencies for inquiry of potential collaborations for BLOCK grants – share your story and vision and begin seeking grant and resource collaborations

  • Nurture relationships and collaborations with your middle school and high school administration staff

  • Contact your State’s Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare agencies – seek grant opportunities that flow through state agencies either through State General Funds or through Federal dollars that come down in Title V, Title II and Prevention dollars

  • Contact your local/county juvenile justice authorities for the purpose of seeking grant collaborations and partnerships

  • Seek out other community organizations and community boards to share your story and vision – Rotary Clubs, Optimist Clubs, Lions Club, Juvenile Justice boards, Truancy Coalitions, etc.

  • Cause Marketing – develop a relationship with a fast food chain or other restaurant. Example: seek a commitment in which one evening a month your organization receives 20% of the total sales that evening