Request for Proposals:

Aim High: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Disadvantaged Middle School Youth 

RFP Due: Friday, January 26th, 2018 at 5:00 PM ET

Extended Deadline (1-Year Grants Only): Friday, February 16th, 5:00 PM ET

Link to the Full RFP


Overview

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 2018 and end in May 2019. Two-year grants will begin in May 2018 and end in May 2020. 

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.

The link below can be used to access both the 1-Year and the 2-Year Grant Applications.


2-Year Grants:

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 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, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion, but, unlike the two-year grants, the one-year grants are specifically intended to help OST programs to better serve and support youth with disabilities or special needs in out-of-school time programming. Grant funds do not need to be restricted to serving only youth with disabilities or special needs, but to support programs that serve both special needs and general population students.

For the purposes of the Aim High Grant Program, we use the definition of youth with disabilities or special needs that is provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of children with special health care needs: “Those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally.”

Applicants for the one-year grants will be required to describe how they support youth in the transition to the 9th grade, with a specific focus on how their programs serve youth with disabilities or other special needs, or plan to better serve this population. 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 41).

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. 


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).
  • 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.

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.


Application deadline: 5:00 PM EST, Friday, January 26th, 2018 

Grant awards will be announced by May 2018.


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