Afterschool Alliance – Aim High: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth
The Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time (OST) programs to apply for a competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help prepare middle school students for success in high school, college, and life. Applications must describe in a meaningful way how the applicant supports middle school youth in the transition to the 9th grade and how they are providing academic, social, and emotional supports to youth. Programs offering in-person, virtual, or hybrid programming are eligible to apply.
For the purposes of these grants, OST programs include expanded learning programs, afterschool programs (programs that operate on a regular and consistent basis after the regular school day ends during the school year), and summer learning programs.
This competitive grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. Applicants can only apply for one of these grants.
- One-Year Grants—Grant funds may be used for enhancing direct service activities, technical assistance, and/or capacity building. One-year grants are specifically intended to fund OST providers to help improve the supports they provide to youth related to social justice and racial equity efforts.
- Two-Year Grants—The two-year grant opportunity focuses on supporting programs in enhancing direct service activities, technical assistance, capacity building, and efforts in continuing to serve youth while facing the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. See solicitation for details.
- 10 grants at $50,000 per year for a total 2-year grant award of $100,000. Only afterschool and summer programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more AND annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more will be eligible to apply for these grants.
- 10 grants at $25,000 per year for a total 2-year grant award of $50,000. Only organizations with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more will be eligible for these grants.
- 20 one-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded. Organizations with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more will be eligible for these grants.
Eligibility: Nonprofit afterschool and summer learning programs that serve middle school students and meet the following requirements:
- 501(c)(3) status.
- Serves middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Organizations applying for funding may serve students outside of this grade range but grant funds are specifically for middle school youth.
- High percentage of low-income youth served. Applicants must serve at least 75% low-income youth. Low-income is defined as students who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program (FRPL).
Those ineligible to apply include current recipients of funding from Aim High or New York Life Foundation.
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