Collaborative Funding Strategies
Resources provide examples of ways agencies that serve children, youth, and families can combine funding to broaden services and achieve common goals. Resources include State and local examples.
Blending and Braiding Funds and Resources: The Intermediary as Facilitator
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (2006)
Identifies strategies to support local communities in combining resources, and outlines how cross-systems collaboration and alternative funding strategies are made easier by intermediary organizations at both State and local levels.
Blending and Braiding Funds to Support Early Care and Education Initiatives (PDF - 1500 KB)
Flynn & Hayes (2003)
Presents financing strategies that State and local policymakers, community leaders, and program coordinators can use to align, coordinate, and integrate discrete, categorical funding streams for early childhood programs.
A Case for Braided Prevention Research and Service Funding (PDF - 136 KB)
Society for Prevention Research (2004)
Explains why and how collaborative funding among research institutes and preventive services organizations can expand knowledge about effective preventive interventions and evidence-based preventive services on a broad scale.
Checklist for Developing Fiscal Partnerships for CBCAP Lead Agencies (PDF - 17 KB)
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2007)
Offers questions to consider when initiating and developing partnerships for sharing resources and funding.
Local Intermediary Organizations: Connecting the Dots for Children, Youth, and Families (PDF - 188 KB)
Blank, Brand, Deich, Kazis, Politz, & Trippe (2003)
Discusses the role local intermediary organizations can play in convening key stakeholders, promoting accountability and effective policies, and making the most of resources among community service providers.
Mix and Match: Using Federal Programs to Support Interagency Systems of Care for Children With Mental Health Care Needs (PDF - 324 KB)
Koyanagi, Boudreaux, & Lind (2003)
Presents the results of a discussion with officials in States with a history of interagency collaboration regarding how States and communities can create sustainable systems of care and how they can use existing Federal programs to fund them.
Moving Forward While Staying in Place: Embedded Funders and Community Change (PDF - 3230 KB)
Sojourner, Brown, Chaskin, Hamilton, Fiester, & Richman (2004)
Discusses foundations that are actively engaged in place-based community-change initiatives, identifying common strategies and providing in-depth profiles of embedded funders.
White Paper on Funding Comprehensive Services for Families With Substance Use Disorders in Child Welfare and Dependency Courts (PDF - 175 KB)
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (2004)
Discusses strategies for integrating funding streams to better serve families with substance use disorders in child welfare and dependency courts, including information on unified fiscal planning and redirecting funds.
State and local examples
Blended Funding Report (PDF - 63 KB)
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (2004)
Presents a report to the State legislature on the development and implementation of blended funding projects to enhance services for children and their families with multiple needs. The report notes numerous barriers to blending funds across programs, and encourages braided funding to improve the coordination of services.
Linking State and Local Policy Planning: Oregon's Approach to Untangling the Web of Services for Youth and Families (PDF - 106 KB)
Forum for Youth Investment (2005)
Explores the collaborative way Oregon's State government and local communities work together to coordinate youth policies and align programs, services, and funding.
Moving Toward Collaboration: Using Funding Streams to Advance Partnerships in Child Welfare Practice (PDF - 120 KB)
Phillips, Gregory, & Nelson (2003)
In Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration
Describes an innovative partnership between a university and child welfare agency in Idaho that coordinated funding and staffing strategies to improve service delivery and collaboration between community and State organizations.
Smart Cuts or Dumb Cuts: Family Support Programs in Tight Budget Times (PDF - 236 KB)
Foundation Consortium for California's Children and Youth
What Works Policy Brief, 6, 2003
Presents financing strategies implemented by family support programs in California in response to a State budget crisis, including efforts to partner with other community organizations and identify additional dedicated funding mechanisms.