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New York Life Foundation: Aim High Grant Program

Deadline: February 1, 2021

The Aim High grant program seeks to help out of school time (OST) learning programs provide the resources, help, and guidance that middle school students need to make the critical transition into high school. 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. Applications must describe in a meaningful way how the applicant supports youth in the transition to the 9th grade and how they are providing academic, social, and emotional supports to youth during the pandemic.

The 2021 Aim High Grant competition will provide 10 one-year and 16 two-year grant awards. Applicants may only apply for one of these grants. One-year grants will begin in May 2021 and end in May 2022. Two-year grants will begin in May 2021 and end in May 2023.

  • One-Year Grants: The one-year grant opportunity focuses on supporting programs’ racial equity and social justice efforts. Funds may be used for enhancing direct service activities, technical assistance, and/or capacity building.
  • Two-Year Grants: The two-year grant opportunity focuses on enhancing direct service activities, technical assistance, capacity building, and/or program expansion, with a specific focus on supporting programs’ efforts to continue to serve youth in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amount: The Foundation will make 26 awards, based on the following grant categories:

  • $100,000 Level—Eight grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years (for a total award of $100,000) will go to out of school time (OST) programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more, and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
  • $50,000 Level—Eight grants of $25,000 per year over the span of two years (for a total award of $50,000) will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
  • $15,000 Level—Ten awards of $15,000 over one year will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more, with a focus on supporting programs in their efforts around advancing racial equity and social justice.

Eligibility: Organizations that 1) serve participants in grades 6, 7, and 8; and 2) serve a high percentage—at least 75 percent—of low-income youth (defined as youth qualifying for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program). Eligibility also varies by amount requested, based on organizational and program budget amount. See above grant categories.

Link: http://afterschoolalliance.org/awards.cfm

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