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Identify possible funding sources

We provide some funding sources that networks have used or may want to consider. This list is not intended to be exhaustive.

Finding funding for networks can be challenging, but you can draw them from a mix of traditional and non-traditional sources.

National funding sources

Funding sources and grant programs may change their priorities and requirements, and their available funding may change from year to year. You should contact potential funding sources for updated information on grant funding priorities, cycles, application dates, reporting, and other requirements.

Other ideas for funding

Your community can be a great source for funding and fundraising. Consider local clubs, organizations, and alternative ways of funding your network like:

  • Corporate sponsorship by local or national businesses
  • In-kind contributions such as printing, office supplies, food for meetings, or postage
  • Individual donors
  • Law enforcement agencies or other member organizations
  • Local or national charitable foundations
  • Local professional and trade associations such as a bankers association, credit union league, or medical association
  • Local service groups such as Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Jaycees, Optimists, or Junior League
  • Older adult social groups such as a senior golfers’ club, pickleball league, Red Hat Society, travel group, or bridge clubs