Local sustainability is a goal from any community-based project's first day. A family literacy project team conceptualized a comprehensive model for sustainability that includes six strategies. The two community sites are documented as successful beyond the term of federal funding. They are housed, staffed, and funded for program delivery to clients. The site directors share their knowledge, experience, insights, results, and recommendations. The best results have come from community investment and grant writing. The biggest challenge has been local fundraising. Marketing, fee-for-service, and 501(c)(3) status have contributed positively.
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Carroll, J., Gross, M., & Leist, R. (2003). Comprehensive Model for Sustaining Community Projects. The Journal of Extension, 41(6), Article 6. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss6/6