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JAN
16
2018

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Tips for applying to the New York Life Foundation’s 2018 Aim High Grants

By Dan Gilbert

We here at the Afterschool Alliance are once again excited by the opportunity to administer the New York Life Foundation’s incredible Aim High Grant Program. For those of you who may not be aware, the Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time.

Last May, the foundation gave out grants to 18 out-of-school programs serving middle-school age youth, with their total investment totaling $750,000. Because they were so impressed with the incredible number of high-quality applicants to last year’s Aim High grants, the foundation has generously decided to almost double the total amount that they will be giving out this year to $1.35 million spread across 26 grants. The Aim High Grant Program is targeted towards afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs that serve disadvantaged middle school-aged youth, with a particular focus on supporting youth as they make the difficult transition from middle school to high school. The grant program also includes ten 1-year, $15,000 grants that are specifically focused on helping programs to better support youth with disabilities or other special needs.

Over the years, the Afterschool Alliance team has learned a lot about what makes for the strongest applications for funding opportunities like this, and what pitfalls it is important for applicants to avoid. Last week, we hosted a webinar to help you learn more about this incredible new grant opportunity and give insights into the application strategies that are most likely to make your application stand out from the crowd.

The grant application period doesn’t close until Friday, January 26, so there’s still time to put together a great application! Below you can find some tips on how to put together the best application possible, and some reminders and resources that you may find helpful when preparing your application:

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DEC
12
2017

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Grants up to $100,000 for middle school OST programs

By Ursula Helminski

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for $1,050,000 in grants to middle school afterschool, summer or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged youth. This is the second year of the Aim High grant competition. In all, 26 awardees will be selected based on their ability to help youth transition successfully to 9th grade. Programs may apply to one of three opportunities - take a look to see which is a good fit for you, and apply!

Grant categories:

  • $100,000 over two years – 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater and annual program budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years – 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $15,000 one-year grant – 10 awards will be made to programs to help them better serve with disabilities or special needs; applicants must have annual budgets of $150,000 or greater

Read the full application and eligibility requirements, and join our webinar on January 11 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. Applications are due January 26, 2018.

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DEC
4
2017

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Up to $500 for creative programs from the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

By Charlotte Steinecke

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is offering funding of up to $500 to design and implement a creative program for your school or library! Public schools, public libraries, and public preschool programs are encouraged to apply.

Previous successful projects have included a public story walk, a multicultural portrait project, a school garden, a bookmaking workshop, and an intergenerational storytelling day. Find more inspiration at the great mini-grant program gallery!

To apply, head over to the How to Apply for a Mini-Grant page. Watch the instruction video, read through the do’s and don’ts, and complete your online application by March 31, 2018.

Learn more at the FAQ page.

Looking for more funding opportunities? Check out our revamped Afterschool Funding Database! We’ve added new features so you can see when an entry was last updated and when the deadline is closing, as well as a host of new grant opportunities.

OCT
2
2017

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New funding opp: Discretionary grants up to $20,000

By Marco Ornelas

Looking for a way to inspire the youth in your afterschool program? Want to start a project but don’t have the necessary funds to start?

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation offers grants of different amounts for projects big and small! Through a fairly simple application process, you can receive anywhere between $1,000 and $20,000 to start projects like bike share programs, art enrichment activities, or STEM exposure projects. The possibilities are endless!

Grant Name: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

Description: $1,000 to $20,000

SEP
12
2017

IN THE FIELD
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New grant: Pop Culture Collaborative's Pop-Up grants program

By Maria Leyva

Education around issues of equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion has become imperative in our current climate. And many afterschool programs working on the front lines are taking the lead by launching innovative efforts to break down barriers and create inclusive and just environments. If your organization has a creative, “outside of the box” project idea that integrates elements of pop culture, media, entertainment, etc. AND can be implemented in a short 4-month timeframe, this funding opportunity is worth considering.

The Pop Culture Collaborative is now accepting applications for our ‘Pop-Up’ grants program. These rapid response grants are available on a rolling basis throughout the year for any individual, organization or company working to harness the power of pop culture to create just, authentic narratives of people of color, Muslims, immigrants and refugees through TV, movies, sports, music and all forms of entertainment and mass media.

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AUG
15
2017

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Grant opportunity: Start a garden or wildlife habitat at your local school

By Marco Ornelas

If your program focuses on local beautification efforts or gardening and ecology, the Wild Ones Seeds for Education program has a creative way to fund your projects! Your program could be awarded up to $500 to start a garden or wildlife habitat for native plants and animals in your local school. This project is a great way to teach students of the wonders of gardening and ecology—important material often overlooked during in-class time.

The Seeds for Education grant is designed to be used for projects that tackle three essential criteria:

  1. Youth engagement in planning and doing (age-appropriate)
  2. Creation of an ecosystem community based on native plants
  3. Focus on hands-on educational activities

Grant Name: The Wild Ones Seeds for Education

Description: $500 cash award

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AUG
3
2017

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New grant: $1,000 for youth soccer from Target

By Marco Ornelas

If you’ve got soccer players in your afterschool program, we’ve got a perfect opportunity to fund the field. Target Corp. is now accepting applications for youth soccer grants, with preference for programs serving in-need communities. The grants can be used to support player registration fees, player and field equipment, and professional development for volunteer coaches, with preference given to programs serving in-need communities. Grants will be awarded in November 2017.

Grant name: Target Youth Soccer Grant

Description: Annual $1,000 grant

Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations, accredited schools, public agencies*

Deadline: August 30, 2017 by 12 p.m. (noon) CST

How to apply: Click here to take a short eligibility quiz. After the quiz, register for an online grant application account and complete a full grant application on Target’s website. 

JUN
15
2017

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Funding opportunity: Up to $1,000 for environmental service-learning

By Charlotte Steinecke

The future of the planet belongs to our kids, and afterschool programs offer one of the best opportunities for students and youth to engage in environmental stewardship projects that connect classroom experiences of environmental science with the real world. If your afterschool program has a focus on environmental service-learning and neighborhood improvement, you can help build those connections with the Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grants.

Grant recipients will receive up to $1,000 to use for recycling programs, water and energy conservation initiatives, school gardens and outdoor classrooms, natural habitat restoration, and much more. Find inspiration for your project in the GreenWorks! guide, where you can read about successful action plans and find the best strategies to build a great proposal.

The deadline to apply is September 30 and funding will be distributed in December 2017.