FAST’s evidence-based structure and holistic impact create opportunities to gain support from a wide array of funding sources, ranging from federal Title 1 grants to state-level initiatives, municipal programs and local foundations.
How is FAST® funded?
Nearly all FAST Programs are funded at least partially and often entirely by grants. In almost all cases, the sponsoring organization – usually a social service agency, school, community, or a coalition of organizations – writes the grant request and is directly responsible for administering any funds received.
Funding sources include:
- federal and state departments, programs and initiatives;
- corporate foundations;
- corporate giving programs;
- individual donors; and
- private and community foundations.
What funding categories does FAST qualify for?
Unlike categorical programs that focus on a single outcome, the evidence-based FAST Program produces many positive outcomes – from increasing parental involvement to improving children’s academic performance. In randomized controlled trials and ongoing evaluations, FAST has been shown to be effective in multiple areas targeted by funding sources, including:
- parental involvement
- child abuse and neglect prevention
- substance abuse prevention
- health promotion
- crime and delinquency prevention
- child and adult mental health
- academic performance, educational equality and dropout reduction.
What are some examples of FAST funding sources?
FAST funding sources run the gamut from major federal programs to state initiatives to local small businesses.
There are many sources of monies from departments, offices, bureaus and centers at the federal level. For instance, the U.S. Department of Education confers Title 1 funds and Investing in Innovation (i3) grants that can be used to fund school-sponsored FAST Programs. Numerous specialized programs, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Safe Schools/Healthy Students, are administered through agencies such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Organizations can gain support for FAST at the state level through grants and programs administered through departments focused on education, health, or human resources; offices for children and families; child welfare funds; foster care block grants; and other funds focused on children’s well-being.
Support for FAST Programs can be found throughout county and municipal governments. Sources include city or county health departments, juvenile departments and youth bureaus, parenting funds, child and family services, drug prevention and treatment agencies, and mental health commissions.
Private, community and corporate foundations are the source of billions of dollars annually. Many focus on solutions to specific problems or challenges, others prefer to support causes located in communities where the organization has a physical presence, such as their headquarters, manufacturing plant or a retail location.
To learn more about funding your FAST Program, please get in touch via email or call us toll-free at 888-629-2481.