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Federal Funding Streams for Children and Youth Services

This database catalogs the purposes and key characteristics of more than 280 federal funding streams that support cradle-to-career initiatives.

Federal Funding Streams for Children and Youth Services

The Federal Funding Streams for Children and Youth Services database helps communities find federal funding available to states, Native nations, counties, cities, towns, school districts, and local nonprofit organizations to support children and youth. This database catalogs the purposes and key characteristics of more than 280 federal funding programs—funded across 12 different federal agencies—that support cradle-to-career initiatives. Explore the tool below, read our frequently asked questions, view more resources, or contact us to provide feedback about the database.

Federal Funding Database
Frequently Asked Questions

The Federal Funding Streams for Children and Youth Services database contains information about more than 280 federal funding sources that support programs or services for infants, toddlers, children, youth, and their families. The tool provides fiscal year allocations from 2019 to 2022 and will include additional years as complete fiscal year data becomes available from the federal government. In addition, users can search the funding programs by the following characteristics: 

  • Federal funding name (note that sometimes these programs are known by different names locally).
  • Child and youth outcomes each program broadly supports.
  • Services and programs each program supports including the broader service category and specific services and programs typically supported.
  • Age ranges targeted by the funds. The selection “No age group target” refers to universal programs that meet human needs or provide support irrespective of age. While these programs include adults, they are included in the database because they are commonly used to meet basic and developmental needs of children and youth. 
  • Primary intervention level or approach intended for the funds (e.g., prevention, intervention).
  • Typical local recipients who receive funds to provide programs and services. Sometimes funds come directly from the federal government to local organizations, but often money passes through a state agency, local government, or intermediary organization. (See the column labeled “Terminal Grantee within State” in the tool for types of entities that receive and administer federal dollars for a given funding stream). 
  • Whether COVID relief funds were designated, including for new emergency funds and increases to existing funds. 

For more information see the explanation of search categories. The database also reports information about the federal granting agencies; receiving agencies and organizations within states, Native nations, or localities; grant types; and eligibility criteria for individuals or communities receiving services. 

Depending on a community’s needs, this tool can provide a starting point for documenting the federal resources it currently leverages; help communities identify additional funding streams for which their states, Native nations, or localities might be eligible (with details that help leaders decide whether to pursue those other opportunities); or aid leaders in starting their own localized or tribally focused fiscal maps.

For more information about how to use the search features of the tool and how to download a customized spreadsheet based on your search, view the how-to guide within the tool. For definitions for the search categories and other key terms featured in the tool, view the explanation of search categories. For information about other funding-related terms you may find, check out our glossary of terms.

Fiscal information in the database comes from, a website maintained by the U.S. Department of Treasury that serves as the official source for spending data for the U.S. government. Funding allocations reported here are based on the federal fiscal year, which starts on October 1 and ends on September 30.

Send us your feedback

We welcome your feedback as we update and improve this tool. Please contact Esther Grambs, senior associate, at with comments and suggestions.