Request for Proposals:
Aim High: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth
RFP Due: Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
On behalf of the New York Life Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for a new competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs help their 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. 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.
All applicants that receive Aim High grants will be required to describe how they support youth in the transition to the 9th grade. Specific reporting requirements and grant objectives vary between the one-year and two-year grants, as described below.
Before beginning your application, we encourage you to review the entire Aim High Request for Proposals here.
New Registrants: If you have not already done so, you should begin by clicking on the "Register" button in the upper right hand corner of your screen. While registering, you will be required to fill out a brief set of eligibility questions which will determine the grant tiers for which you are eligible. After finishing the registration process, you will be able to select and begin the application process for any of the grants for which you are eligible.
Returning Users: If you have not already filled out the eligibility checklist for this year's grant programs, click "Log In" in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Once you have logged in, it will take you to a page that says "No applications," but has a "View Programs" button. Click this program and the application system will redirect you to the eligibility checklist; once you complete this checklist, it will allow you to select and begin the application process for any of the grants for which you are eligible.
There are two separate two-year grant opportunities included in this 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 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. Organizational and program budgets are defined in Appendix E. Definitions (see page 41).
- 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. Organizational budgets are defined in Appendix E. Definitions (see page 41).
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 III of the RFP.
1-Year Targeted Grants:
The ten one-year, $15,000 grants are specifically intended to help OST programs to provide additional professional development opportunities to staff members. 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 knowledge and improving student learning outcomes.
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 program staff better address both the learning needs of the youth they serve and the needs of the program.
Prospective applicants for these grants are encouraged to review the following documents to inform their thinking around what high-quality professional development strategies can look like as they develop their project plans:
- Afterschool Matters – Planning Considerations for Afterschool Professional Development
- New York State Afterschool Network – Afterschool Professional Development: Resources, Outcomes, and Considerations
- National AfterSchool Association – Core Knowledge and Competencies
The 1-Year Grant Application can be found in Section III of the RFP.
Use of funds:
All grant funds must be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion.
- 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).
- 1-Year Grants Only: Percentage youth served with disabilities or other special needs. Applicants for the 1-year grants must meet a minimum threshold of 10% of youth served having special needs or disabilities.
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.
Application deadline: 5:00 PM EST, Friday, January 25th, 2019
Grant awards will be announced by May 2019.