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New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

Deadline: 1/12

The NSLA Summer Learning Awards recognize outstanding summer programs, models, digital applications, and systems that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people. The awards are given annually based on an application process that elicits information on a program’s history, mission, goals, operations, management, staff development, partnerships, outcomes/results, and sustainability.

There are two types of Summer Learning Awards:

  • Since 2005, the New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning Award, defined by its rigorous application and selection process, has recognized enrollment-based programs employing staff who work directly with youth.
  • Established in 2015, the NSLA Founder’s Award presented by the New York Life Foundation recognizes informal programs and other non-traditional forms of summer learning innovation that are critical to serving the diverse needs of schools, families, and children.

Round 1 applications are due January 12th, 2024 @ 5 pm ET/2 pm PT.


Programs are measured against the Summer Learning Program Quality Assessment (SLPQA), developed in partnership between NSLA and the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality.

  • Round One: Complete the Round 1 online application
  • Round Two: Complete the Round 2 online application and phone Interview (semi-finalists)
  • Round Three: Site Visit (finalists)

Written applications are completed online and reviewed by NSLA staff, partners, and previous winners. Phone interviews are also conducted by a mixed group of NSLA staff and external experts. Finally, NSLA staff conduct site visits to a select group of finalists to observe program activities before selecting award winners. The Summer Learning Awards seeks to find and draw national attention to exemplary summer programs, models, and systems which provide and expand access to high-quality summer learning experiences for all young people.

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Program areas: Summer Learning
Record Updated: Thu, 21 Dec 2023

OJJDP FY 2022 Youth Violence Prevention Program

Deadline: 9/12

For this solicitation, applicants must develop and implement a youth violence prevention strategy targeting middle and high school age youth and/or those youth having multiple risk factors for violence. Applicants should discuss how they will implement the following deliverables in their application that will be delivered as a result of this program.

  • Develop new or enhance existing direct service programs for youth with multiple risk factors for violence, including youth gang/group involvement and youth gang/group violence.
  • If proposing a program enhancement, the applicant should include a description of the existing program and details on how funding will support program enhancements.
  • Identify a specific referral system for how youth will be identified and referred to the program for services.

Funded sites should include strategies that support youth with in-home or community-based services that address the risk factors and support protective factors related to violence prevention.


City or township governments, County governments, For profit organizations other than small businesses, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3)
status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Private institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education

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Program areas: Drug/Violence Prevention Program grades: Middle School High School
Record Updated: Tue, 19 Jul 2022

Aim High Grant Program - New York Life Foundation

Deadline: 2/1

The New York Life Foundation created the Aim High grant program in 2016 to help afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs provide the resources, help, and guidance that middle school students need to make the critical transition into high school. Aim High is part of the New York Life Foundation's ongoing investment in out-of-school time programs serving economically disadvantaged middle schoolers to help students reach ninth grade on time and prepared to succeed in high school. Since 2017, 132 Aim High grants totaling $6.3M have been awarded. The Aim High RFP Opens in late fall of each year and remains open until late January or early February.


These grants are for 501(c)(3) organizations that serve participants in middle school. Applicants must also serve a high percentage of low-income youth.

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Program grades: Middle School
Record Updated: Thu, 9 Sep 2021 2021-2022 Community Partner Grants

Deadline: 12/17

We want to know what your plan is for leveraging up to $75,000 worth of classes from the Outschool marketplace to improve learning outcomes, provide enrichment opportunities and strengthen a love of learning in your community.


We are excited to support visionary, mission-aligned partners who support marginalized, low-income and BIPOC learners. You might operate in a school or district, charter school, micro school, homeschool network, co op or provide after school and community services.

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Record Updated: Wed, 1 Dec 2021

Minnesota: Believe and Build Afterschool Grants (ESSER III)

Deadline: 10/31


Programs must meet ALL of the following requirements to be considered for a Believe & Build Afterschool grant:

  • Afterschool programming is provided in Minnesota for Minnesota students.
  • The young people served by the applicant are in one or more of the following grades: K-12
  • The applying organization must be a nongovernmental, nonprofit communitybased organizations
  • The program must provide a minimum of 60 sessions (each session must be at least 1 hour) of afterschool programming per site over the course of a full school-year. This includes before school, afterschool, school release days and weekends, but does not include summer
  • Youth participation in programming is voluntary
  • Programming primarily engages young people from one or more of the following audiences:
    • Students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch
    • Students of color
    • English language learners
    • Students with disabilities
    • American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students
    • Students in foster care
    • Students in correctional facilities
    • Students experiencing homelessness
    • Migrant youth o LGBTQIA+ young people
    • Rural students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic
  • Program can demonstrate that a majority of young people served are those who missed the most in-person instruction during the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 school years and who did not consistently participate in remote instruction when offered during school building closures
  • Program is able to meet all required assurances (see Appendix B p.34-48)

Good to Know: An organization may apply through a fiscal sponsor. The organization acting as a fiscal sponsor will be the applicant, and must meet the definition of a community-based organization provided in the Glossary At-A-Glance.

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Program areas: Recovery/COVID Program grades: Elementary Middle School High School State: MN
Record Updated: Wed, 6 Oct 2021

Wyoming Reserve Summer and Afterschool Grant (ESSER II)

Deadline: 10/15

ESSER II SEA Reserve funds are initially targeted at providing high quality after-school opportunities to students on Wyoming reservations, strengthening the quality of virtual education offerings, improving educational practices through the understanding and use of student data, and increasing the health of students and educational staff through Social, Emotional, and Mental Health initiatives


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Program areas: Recovery/COVID Program grades: Elementary Middle School High School State: WY
Record Updated: Wed, 6 Oct 2021

Indiana REACH Grant (ESSER III)

Deadline: 9/16

Through the use of ESSER III funding, the R.E.A.C.H Grant program aims to increase access to high-quality out-of-school time programming for economically disadvantaged youth with opportunities for academic achievement, character enrichment, and other activities designed to complement the youth’s regular academic program and social-emotional development. This grant opportunity is designed to provide funding for a year-round, high-quality out-of-school time program.


1. Any public or private organization is eligible to apply. Examples of these agencies and organizations include, but are not limited to:

  • Traditional School Districts
    • Individual public schools may not submit a proposal. Individual schools must apply through a LEA or other eligible entities.
  • Charter Schools o Nonpublic Schools
  • Educational Consortia
  • Education Service Centers
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Institutions of Higher Education

Note: Virtual Schools, where at least 51 percent of instruction happens online, are not eligible to apply. This includes virtual charter schools and fully virtual schools included in a traditional LEA.

2. To qualify for funding, applicants must have 40 percent or higher Free and Reduced Priced Lunch (FRPL) rate. 

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Program areas: Recovery/COVID Program grades: Elementary Middle School High School State: IN
Record Updated: Wed, 6 Oct 2021

Arkansas ESSER III Grants

Deadline: 8/30

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has tapped Arkansas State University and its sponsored initiative, the Arkansas Out of School Network, to oversee the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ESSER III sub-awards for afterschool, summer, and extended-year learning programs to support student learning and social emotional development.

The award period, which began July 1, will run through Dec. 30, 2024, and provide funding for academic support, skill building, social emotional learning, health and wellness, enrichment, and workforce development for K-12 students.



Eligible applicants include school districts, entities that partner with school districts, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, licensed youth development programs, public libraries, nonprofit organizations, career and technical programs, public and private institutions of higher learning and others as determined by AOSN and approved by the DESE.  Grants will be awarded by A-State and AOSN through a competitive process.

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Program areas: Recovery/COVID Program grades: Elementary Middle School High School State: AR
Record Updated: Tue, 5 Oct 2021

Maryland ARP ESSER  Afterschool Program Competitive Award

Deadline: 8/20

The purpose of the ARP ESSER Afterschool grant is to provide funding for the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive after school programs, and ensure such programs respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus on the student populations.


This program supports the development of the ARP ESSER Afterschool grant program to assist local school systems, public charter schools, nonprofit [501(c)(3)], faith-based, or other private or public organizations in the State to establish partnerships designed to support the creation of after school learning centers to provide academic enrichment opportunities during after school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. 

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Program areas: Recovery/COVID Program grades: Elementary Middle School High School State: MD
Record Updated: Wed, 6 Oct 2021

Utah American Rescue Plan Act Afterschool and Summer Funding (ESSER III)

Deadline: 8/20

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) 2021 was signed into law on March 11, 2021 and provides an additional $122.8 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). ESSER III Fund awards to state education agencies (SEAs) are in the same proportion as each State received funds under Part A of Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended, in Fiscal Year 2020.

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is distributing these funds by application in alignment with the federal distribution formula. The Utah State Board of Education will be spending the flexible state reserve as follows:

  • 1% for evidenced based summer enrichment programs - $6,155,260.70
  • 1% for evidenced based comprehensive after school programs $6,155,260.70


  • Each organization can only be the fiscal lead on one application.
    • However, organizations may collaborate with other applications and organizations as a partner.
  • No more than 10 program sites can be included in one application.
  • Program Site Operation: Duration Requirements
    • School Year - minimum of 32 weeks during school year, 10 hours per week
    • Summer - minimum of 6 weeks during summer months (can be non-consecutive), 20 hours per week
    • Support from Certified Teacher
  • Participation Requirement: Serve a minimum of 10 youth on an average daily basis (ADA)
  • All staff working 10 hours or more at a program site must receive a minimum of 25 hours of professional development each year.
  • Must include family engagement activities as part of all funded afterschool and summer program(s).
  • Programs must include a balance of both academic and enrichment activities.
  • Evidence-based practices for academic enrichment and social emotional learning.
  • Identify and serve students in need, including:
    • Students from economically disadvantaged households;
    • Students from traditionally underserved communities;
    • Students with disabilities;
    • Students identified as needing academic support;
    • Students experiencing homelessness;
    • Students in foster care;
    • Students who are English Learners;
    • Students who have been impacted by COVID-19;
    • Students who missed the most in person instruction for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years;
    • Students who did not consistently participate in remote instruction when offered during school building closures;
    • Students with families engaged in migratory agricultural work; and
    • Students from refugee backgrounds.

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Program areas: Recovery/COVID Program grades: Elementary Middle School High School State: UT
Record Updated: Wed, 6 Oct 2021