Funding for Service-Learning/Community Service
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Funding for Service-Learning/Community Service

January 2014


This report highlights selected state policies that address funding for service-learning/community service.

Funding provided by state for service-learning
Alabama No
Alaska No
Arizona No
Arkansas The Positive Youth Development Grant Program provides three-year grant awards to school districts and youth development programs to provide services to children and youth ages 5-19. The funds may be used for a variety of activities including service learning or community learning experiences. The grantee is expected to provide matching funds in a 20:80 ratio unless a waiver has been granted.

Code Ark. R. 005.08.5-4.00


The Intervention Block Grant Program provides 12-month grant awards to schools, districts, and education service cooperatives serving at-risk students through grade 6. The funds may be used for a variety of programs, services, or activities including service learning programs. Grants are awarded through a competitive grant process and should not exceed $75,000. Funding per program depends on the number of individuals served, the scope, diversity and intensity of activities, the probability of long-range effect on student achievement, and the availability of additional resources.

Code Ark. R. 005.19.5-4.00
California The 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens Program awards grants for after-school enrichment programs for high school students. A program consists of an academic assistance element and an enrichment element that may include community service or service learning.

Cal. Educ. Code § 8421


The Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning Program awards grants to local and state operated Americorps, National Senior Service Corps, Learn and Serve, or Conservation Corps programs that submit proposals to engage students through their schools and school districts in community service that qualifies as instructional time on Cesar Chavez Day. Awards are $1 per participating student or $250 per school, whichever is greater, though that amount may be adjusted by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.

Cal. Educ. Code § 37220.6
Colorado No
Connecticut No
Delaware No
District of Columbia No
Florida At the request of a school district, the Department of Education is required to provide assistance in locating, leveraging, and using available or alternative financial resources that will assist school districts or teachers desiring to receive training and other resources to develop and administer service-learning programs or activities. In addition, school districts are encouraged to include kindergarten through grade 12 service-learning programs and activities in proposals they submit for federal entitlement grants and competitive state and federal grants administered through the department.

Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1003.497
Georgia The Learn and Serve Grant Program to promote service learning programs in school districts provides grants to local programs that provide a minimum of a dollar-for-dollar match in cash or in-kind services. Local units of administration, schools, and individual teachers can receive grant funding.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-1-4-.258


Local boards of education receive funding for the following elective courses: Community Service I, II, III, and IV.

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-2-.20
Hawaii No
Idaho No
Illinois A school district that chooses to maintain a community service education program may receive money from the state in the form of grants, as well as from other public and private sources. The law allows the establishment of a not-for-profit organization to support of the program. In addition, school districts are allowed to collect fees from voluntarily participants

105 ILCS 60/90
Indiana No
Iowa Volunteer and service learning opportunities are among approved activities for applicants of grants from the Before and After School Grant Program.

Iowa Code § 256.26


If the General Assembly appropriates money for the establishment of a career pathways program, grants may be issued to a career pathways consortium for a program that may include service learning opportunities for students.

Iowa Code Ann. § 256.39

Kansas No
Kentucky No
Louisiana No
Maine No
Maryland No
Massachusetts No
Michigan No
Minnesota Total community education revenue is made up of a district’s general community education revenue, youth service program revenue, and youth after-school enrichment revenue. Youth service program revenue is available to a district that has implemented a youth development plan and a youth service program. Revenue is based on formulas and in addition, a district may levy the amount raised. General community education revenue may be used for, among other things implementation of a youth service program.

Minn. Stat. § 124D.20


Participants who successfully complete a youth community service program are eligible to receive an education voucher that may be applied toward the cost of tuition and other education-related expenses at a postsecondary school.

Minn. Stat. § 124D.50
Mississippi No
Missouri Upon request of a school district, the State Board of Education will provide assistance to districts in locating, leveraging, and utilizing alternative financial resources that will assist teachers who want to receive training in developing and administering service-learning programs or projects.

Mo. Rev. Stat. § 170.037.2


Missouri school districts are eligible for grants to fund student suicide prevention programs. Preference will be given to programs that include activities such as service learning to reinforce classroom instruction.

Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 60-120.080
Montana No
Nebraska No
Nevada No
New Hampshire No
New Jersey No
New Mexico No
New York Allowable costs for attendance improvement and dropout prevention setasides include extracurricular after-school activities, which may include community services.

N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 149-2.4
North Carolina No
North Dakota No
Ohio No
Oklahoma No
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island No
South Carolina No
South Dakota No
Tennessee No
Texas No
Utah No
Vermont No
Virginia No
Washington Community learning center grant funds may be used to carry out a broad array of out-of-school activities that support and enhance academic achievement. The activities may include, among other things, entrepreneurial education and community service.

Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.215.060
West Virginia No
Wisconsin No
Wyoming Revenues from the Wyoming Education Trust Fund are annually distributed to school districts to fund programs providing innovation in or improvement to public education. One program type identified for funding is the acquisition of technological equipment for programs expanding curriculum, enriching student education, enhancing staff development, and providing community service.

Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 21-22-106


This database will be updated as we learn of policy changes. If you have comments about the information presented or the database, please contact Paul Baumann at pbaumann@ecs.org or 303.299.3608. Creation of this database was made possible in part through the support of the State Farm Companies Foundation.

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