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Financing your Community School

Community schools operate on the theory that opportunities and supports will be offered and leveraged through partnerships aligned with the school. Such that new funding and/or redirected funding is used to finance the community school coordinator, who then leverages funding, programming, and services from partners. Seed funding can help form the infrastructure of your community school but requires a sustainability plan in place to sustain the efforts. Principals need to think critically at the school’s budget, community partners, community foundations or a combination in order to fund the coordinator. Take a look at where funding usually comes from and how it can be used to fund coordinators and other programs and services at a typical community school.

Making the Case

Management of Funding


  • As you look for the initial funding, take the opportunity to build relationships with funders. You will need these relationships as you build a financial sustainability plan for your community school. Funders can play a critical role in leading the vision and implementation of the strategy. 

Overview: How to Start Your Community School

Vision and Strategic Plan

Building a Leadership Team

Needs & Capacity Assessments
Sharing Space and Facilities
Financing your Community School
Research and Evaluation 
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