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2020 Aim High Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for Out-of-School
Programs for Underserved Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Life Foundation and Afterschool Alliance

Deadline Date:

01/24/20 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to provide out-of-school programs for underserved middle school students. Funding is intended to help students make the transition into high school, and to support youth from communities struggling with substance abuse. Funding is intended for summer and after school programs. Programs should be led and staffed by knowledgeable and competent individuals who employ effective strategies that help ensure middle school students continue on to 9th grade and through to graduation day.

This competitive grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. Applicants can only apply for one of the three tiers of grants.

Two year grants, tiers one and two: These grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Two-year grant recipients will need to report 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 targeted grants, tier three: Across the county, in communities struggling with the misuse of opioids and other substances, afterschool and summer learning programs are playing a critical role by fostering protective factors, increasing resilience among young people, supporting positive youth development, and reducing risk factors among children and youth. Grants will help programs build protective and preventive factors (self-esteem, mentorship, and more) and reduce risk factors for youth, understand adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), employ trauma-informed approaches, or provide other supports for youth and families impacted by substance misuse.

These grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, and/or enhancing direct service activities. Unlike the 2-year grants, the 1-year grants are specifically intended to fund out-ofschool-time (OST) providers to help improve the supports they provide to children and families in communities that have been impacted by widespread misuse of opioids and other substances.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182832

Number of Grants:

For two year grants, tiers one and two: 8 grants will be awarded. For one year grants, tier three: 10 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

For two year grants, tier one: 8 grants at $50,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total 2-year grant award of $100,000.

For two year grants, tier two: 8 grants at $25,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total 2-year grant award of $50,000.

For one year grants, tier three: Ten 1-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

One-year grants will begin in May 2020 and end in May 2021. Two-year grants will begin in May 2020 and end in May 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For two year grants, tier one: Only afterschool and summer programs with annual program budgets of
$250,000 or more AND annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more will be eligible to apply for these grants.

For two year grants, tier two: Only organizations with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more
will be eligible for these grants.

For one year grants, tier three: Organizations must have an annual organizational budget of at least $150,000.

General Eligibility Requirements:
-501(c)(3) status. Applicants for this competitive grant program must have 501(c)(3) status. You will be required to verify your EIN as a part of the application.
-Middle school youth (6th, 7th, 8th graders) served. This competitive grant program is targeted to programs serving middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Organizations applying for funding may serve students outside of this grade range but grant funds are specifically for middle school youth.
- High percentage of low-income youth served. Applicants for this competitive grant program must serve a high percentage—at least 75 percent—of low-income youth. For the purposes of this grant program, “low-income” is defined as students who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program (FRPL).

Disqualifications:
- 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.
- Current Recipients of Aim High grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: 5 p.m. EST, Friday, January 24, 2020
Grant awards will be announced by the end of May 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online, click here: https://afterschoolalliance.smapply.io/acc/r/?g=52676

Please direct additional inquiries to the Afterschool Alliance:
aimhigh@afterschoolalliance.org

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