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2019 Aim High Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits for After-School and Summer Learning
Programs that Benefit Disadvantaged Middle School Students

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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New York Life Foundation and Afterschool Alliance

Deadline Date:

01/25/19 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 per year to USA nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that benefit disadvantaged middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Funding is intended to support after-school and summer learning programs that help middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade.

This competitive grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. Applicants can only apply for one of these grants. Specific grant objectives vary between the one-year and two-year grants, as described below.

2-Year Grants:
There are two separate two-year grant opportunities included in the RFP. Each program will only be eligible to apply to one of these grant opportunities, as explained below:

- 8 grants at $50,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total two-year grant award of $100,000. Only after-school 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.
- 8 grants at $25,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total two-year grant award of $50,000. Only organizations with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more will be eligible for these grants.

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.

The 2-Year Grant Application can be found in Section II of the RFP.

1-Year Targeted Grants:
Ten one-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded. Like the two-year grants, 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-of-school-time (OST) providers to support professional development, training, and technical assistance opportunities that build the knowledge and competence of staff, including but not limited to leaders and front-line staff. These funds are intended to supplement and build off existing professional development efforts, rather than to replace existing funds that are already being put towards professional development efforts.

Professional development is a critical component of high-quality afterschool and summer learning programs, and effective professional development enhances program quality by both improving staff performance and improving student learning outcomes. Research shows that knowledgeable and competent leaders and front-line staff are the linchpin to the program quality that results in positive youth outcomes, so providing professional development is vital.

Afterschool and summer learning programs have a unique set of circumstances that require thorough and intentional planning around any professional development. Professional development opportunities need to help afterschool and summer learning staff better address both the learning needs of the youth they serve and the needs of the program. For the purposes of this grant program, afterschool and summer learning staff include but are not limited to: front-line staff, program directors, program administrators, evaluation staff, development staff, and other support staff in similar roles.

Applicants for the one-year grants will further be required to describe how they support youth in the transition to the 9th grade. Organizations with annual budgets of $150,000 or more will be eligible for these grants. Organizational budgets are defined in Appendix E. Definitions (see page 43).

The One-Year Grant Application can be found in Section III of the RFP.

Use of funds – Two-year grants:
All 2-year grant funds must be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion.

Use of funds – One-year grants:
Grant funds from the 1-year, $15,000 grants may be used for the following forms of professional development:
- In-person professional development;
- Blended learning professional development featuring in-person and online components;
- Trainings focused on certification; credentialing; evaluation; capacity building skills; and/or specific teaching skills;
- Pedagogy/curriculum development; and/or
- Train the trainer opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182832

Number of Grants:

There are a total of sixteen multi-year grants (eight $50,000 and eight $25,000 grants), as well as ten one-year grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

There are two different types of two-year grants:
- Grants at $50,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total two-year grant award of $100,000; and
- Grants at $25,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total two-year grant award of $50,000.

One-Year Targeted Grants:
One-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

This grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. One-year grants will begin in May 2019 and end in May 2020. Two-year grants will begin in May 2019 and end in May 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).

Please Note: Applicants for the One-Year grants must meet a minimum threshold of 10% of youth served having special needs or disabilities.

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.
- Recipients of earlier rounds of Aim High grant funds.

There are two exceptions:
- Organizations that receive funding from the New York Life Foundation through the Volunteers for Good program or Community Impact Grant program are eligible to apply for the Aim High grants.
- Organizations that receive funding through the New York Life Foundation’s employee matching gift program are also eligible to apply for the Aim High grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
Application deadline: 5 p.m. EST, Friday, January 25, 2019
Grant awards will be announced by the end of May 2019.

The link below can be used to access both the One-Year and the Two-Year Grant Applications.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
https://afterschoolalliance.smapply.io/

Please direct additional inquiries to Dan Gilbert at the Afterschool Alliance:
dgilbert@afterschoolalliance.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming