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Now open: Grants up to $100,000 for middle-school OST from New York Life Foundation

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Now open: Grants up to $100,000 for middle-school OST from New York Life Foundation

The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for $1,350,000 in grants to middle school afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving disadvantaged middle-school youth. This is the fourth year of the Foundation’s Aim High grant competition, bringing the total amount awarded over the life of the grant program to $4.8 million!

In 2020, 26 awardees will be selected based on their ability to help youth transition successfully to ninth grade. Programs may apply to one of three grant categories - take a look to see which may be a good fit for you, and apply!

Grant categories:

  • Eight (8) grants of $50,000 per year over the span of 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.
  • Eight (8) 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.
  • Ten (10) 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 addressing opioid and other substance misuse in their community by helping youth develop protective factors and employing approaches that support youth affected by trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACES). 

Read the full application and eligibility requirements and join our webinar on December 5 at 2 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. Applications are due Friday, January 24, 2020 at 5 p.m. ET; all applications must be submitted online.

Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade. Two-year grant applicants 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.

The New York Life Foundation invests in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders get to ninth grade on time. 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 in May 2020.

Questions? Email Dan Gilbert at dgilbert@afterschoolalliance.org.

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