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New York Life Foundation: Aim High – Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Disadvantaged Middle School Youth

Deadline: January 25, 2019

The New York Life Foundation, in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, invites out-of-school time (OST) programs to apply for a new competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help their middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade. There are two options for applying:

Two-year programs: These grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity-building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Two-year grant applications should focus specifically on indicators of success such as on-time promotion to the 9th grade; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades, and test scores; and the development of social and emotional skills.

One year programs: Like the two-year grants, these grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity-building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion, but unlike the two-year grants, the one-year grants are specifically intended to help OST programs to provide additional professional development opportunities to staff members. These funds are intended to supplement and build off existing professional development efforts, rather than to replace existing funds that are already being put towards professional development efforts.

Amount: Varies by project type and organizational budget size:

  • 2-year grants for afterschool and summer programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000: Eight grants at $50,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total two-year grant award of $100,000 will be awarded
  • 2-year grants for organizations with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more: Eight grants at $25,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total two-year grant award of $50,000 will be awarded
  • 1-year grants: Ten one-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold 501(c)(3) status
  • Middle school youth (6th, 7th, 8th graders) must be served
  • A high percentage of low-income youth (at least 75%) using Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program criteria must be served
  • 1-year grants only: Applicants for the 1-year grants must meet a minimum threshold of 10% of youth served having special needs or disabilities”

Note: Applicants that currently receive funding, either directly or indirectly, from the New York Life Foundation are ineligible to apply. This includes:

  • National or regional organizations that receive New York Life Foundation funding directly
  • Local affiliate organizations or programs that receive any financial support from their national headquarters that originates from New York Life Foundation grants
  • Recipients of earlier rounds of Aim High grant funds

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

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