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Now open: Grants Up to $100,000 from the New York Life Foundation for Out-of-School Time (OST) programs

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Now open: Grants Up to $100,000 from the New York Life Foundation for Out-of-School Time (OST) programs

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applications for $1,800,000 in grants to afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving underserved middle-school youth. This is the sixth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, and the Foundation has increased the total number of grants available in order to support help more programs than ever before. This year’s awards will bring the total amount awarded to $7.95 million!

This grant cycle, 40 programs will be selected for grants, based on their ability to help youth prepare for high school and life by providing academic, social, and emotional supports to youth.  Programs may apply to one of three grant categories - take a look to see which may be a good fit for you and apply!

The grant categories are:

  • $100,000 Level
    • Ten (10) grants of $50,000 per year over two years (for a total award of $100,000) will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
  • $50,000 Level
    • Ten (10) grants of $25,000 per year over 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
    • Twenty (20) 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.

For all three tiers, grant funds may be used for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. All applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade, as well as how they are continuing to serve youth still being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two-year grant applicants (for both the $50,000 and $100,000 grants) will need to demonstrate results around indicators of success such as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and/or the development of social and emotional skills. One-year grant applicants will need to describe how they intend to improve the supports they provide to youth related to social justice and racial equity efforts.

The New York Life Foundation invests in middle school OST programs to help disadvantaged middle school youth get to high school on time and on track. Research has shown that for disadvantaged students, more learning time in the form of high-quality afterschool, expanded-day, and summer programs leads to greater achievement, better school attendance, and more engaged students.

Since 2013, the Foundation has invested more than $45 million in national middle school OST efforts The Aim High grants provide a way for the Foundation to support smaller programs in communities across the nation.

The Afterschool Alliance is administering the grant application process on behalf of the Foundation. A panel of external reviewers will assess applicants. Awardees will be notified by June 2022.

Join our webinar on December 16 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. Applications are due February 1, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET; view the full RFP and submit your application here.

Questions? Email the Afterschool Alliance at aimhigh@afterschoolalliance.org.

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