Budgets & Financing

Check out a list of external funding sources that may help YOUR partnership program secure needed funds.  This page is updated regularly as the Network learns of new funding opportunities.

Below is a summary article about budgets and funding for the work of partnership programs.  This article is based on data from members' 1997 UPDATE survey and appeared in Type 2 Fall 1997 (No. 3). Please refer to the complete Research Brief for additional information.

Members Report Information on Funding Partnerships

Many schools, districts, and states are eager to learn how to fund staff salaries and program costs for school, family, and community partnerships. In the 1996-97 UPDATE—the annual report to the National Network of Partnership Schools—members shared information on the levels, sources, and adequacy of funds for this program.

Reports indicate that members are tapping many sources, including federal funds such as Title I or Goals 2000, local funds such as state or district grants, and funds from foundations or other organizations. The average budget for school programs is about $4000; for large districts, the average budget for staff and program costs is about $85,000; and for states the average budget for staff, training, grants to districts and schools, and other leadership activities is about $230,000.

When these averages are translated to per pupil expenditures, the cost combined for state, district, and school programs of partnerships is under $20 per student to keep all families and communities involved in their children's education. In addition, these programs often generate funds and in-kind contributions that far exceed the annual investments.

The National Network serves as a catalyst for schools, districts, and states to invest in their staff and programs to improve and maintain programs of school, family, and community partnerships. The chart below shows how Network members are supporting their efforts.

Funding for Schools, Districts, and States in the National Network of Partnership Schools




Levels of Funding Range: under $100 - $70,000
Median = $2,000
  = $4,065
Range: under $100 - $1.2 million
Median = $8,000
Average = $85,013
Range: $105,000 - $350,000
Median = $240,000
Average = $229,000
Major Sources of Funding Bilingual Education
Drug Prevention
Even Start
General funds
Goals 2000
Principal’s discretionary funds
Special Education
State Compensatory Education
Title I
Title VI
Title VII
Bilingual Education
Drug Prevention
Even Start
General funds
Goals 2000
School Board
Special Education
State Compensatory Education
Superintendent’s discretionary funds
Title I
Title VI
Drug Prevention
Even Start
General funds
Goals 2000
Special Education
Title I
Title VI
Other Sources of Funding

(State abbreviations listed in parentheses.)

American Legion Partnership
Center for the Revitalization of Urban Education (MI)
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Corporate sponsors
Danforth Foundation
Donations from community
Eastern Michigan Univ. Grants (MI)
FAST grants (WI)
Grants from school districts
Healthy Start
Home and School funds (IL)
Parents as Partners Funds (MN)
Partners in Education (WV)
School fund raising activities
Volunteer (in-kind funds)
Wisconsin DPI State grants
Other local programs and
in-kind donations
Community Education funds
Department of Defense Schools
Department of Human Services (WI)
District funds
Family Preservation grant (WI)
Lake County Blue Print 2000 funds (FL)
Learning Readiness funds (MN)
Maryland State grants
Massachusetts Department of Education
Massachusetts State Chapter 636 grant
Private businesses in communities
Rockefeller Foundation
School board funds (FL)
State Academic Mentoring grants (CA)
State Compensatory Education (MD)
State DESEG grants (MA)
State of Michigan grants
Wisconsin DPI State grants
United Way
Community Education funds
Federal Claud Pepper Act (CT)
Goals 2000 Parent Resource
Martha Holden Jennings
Foundation (OH)
State funds
Teacher Inservice funds (UT)