As a principal, teacher, social worker, community or district leader, you may be seeking funding to bring FAST® to your school and to build long-term and effective family engagement programming to your community.  Based on decades of experience working with local schools, districts, and community organizations, Families & Schools Together, Inc. created a resource guide to help you research and secure funding for your non-profit or school.

Build your support network

It is important to remember that raising funds and securing support for FAST is all about building a network of support in your community. In fact, this network will prove powerful and effective in helping your organization, school, district, and your families and children to thrive in the long-term. Please don’t hesitate to contact Families & Schools Together if you have any questions or need any support as you seek funding.

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FUNDING FAST® FAQ

How do you select and reach the children and families who would most benefit from FAST® programming?

FAST, unlike other evidence-based programs, consists of a team made up of trained local experts who are members of the community; each team must be a demographic match of the FAST participants. Using a respectful alliance and strengths based model, FAST Team Members become cultural brokers supporting recruitment and retention by ensuring that families feel respected. Through home visits, FAST Team Members are able to reach families who are least likely to engage with the school. FAST understands the integral role of relationship building in creating lasting, mutually-beneficial partnerships. Families hear about FAST through word-of-mouth and other informal social channels, supporting the recruitment and retention of families least likely to be involved at school.

How is FAST® sustainable?

There are several built-in ways in which community-based partners and FAST implementation partners can ensure sustainability of FAST in their community. The first method for reducing cost and ensuring sustainability is by sponsoring a trainer at the local level (generally called a Sponsored FAST® Trainer). When local non-profits cultivate Sponsored FAST® Trainers, they essentially have an in-house FAST Trainer, and are then able to train future FAST Team Members at no cost. Since FAST is a holistic prevention and intervention program, it requires many key people to form the FAST Team—community- based partners, school partners, and parent leaders. If local nonprofits do not have a local trainer, it can be costly to replace Team Members who might move or change jobs. With a Sponsored Trainer, providers are able to retrain Team Members at no cost to continue running FAST with fidelity. With the capacity to train new Team Members at no cost, FAST will become more streamlined and cost-effective.

Please refer to the FAST Funding Guide for more information on sustainability.

How do you measure the overall impact of the FAST Program?

Please refer to the FAST Logic Model for an understanding of short, intermediate and long-term outcomes. Through the evaluation process Families & Schools Together is able to evaluate short-term and well as some intermediate outcomes directly after program implementation. We are also in the process of implementing a FASTWORKS® evaluation, which will help to increase our evaluation of intermediate outcomes. Because FAST is preventative, we look to increase protective factors and build resiliency in order to reduce the chance for long-term negative outcomes including, for example, school drop-out, or juvenile incarceration.