Request for Proposals:

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

RFP Due: Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 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 the three tiers of grants. 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. 

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. After successfully 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, you will be prompted with an eligibility quiz to fill out to determine for which programs you are eligible. 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.

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 III of the RFP.


1-Year Targeted Grants:

Ten 1-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded. Like the 2-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 help improve the supports they provide to children and families in communities that have been impacted by misuse of opioids and other substances. 

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.

Out-of-school time programs foster protective and preventive factors in two primary ways:

  • First, programs provide supports that are a protective factor in and of themselves, such as access to caring mentors and a safe and supportive environment. 
  • Second, during the critical time of adolescent development, participation in afterschool programs helps to develop protective factors among young people at the individual level—factors that positively promote one’s health and wellbeing—including positive self-concept, competence, self-efficacy, agency, self-regulation, problem solving and decision making, interpersonal skills, and belonging and connectedness. Protective factors are linked to a range of positive outcomes such as fewer problem behaviors, reduced opioid and other substance misuse, and improved academic performance.

Applicants will need to specifically describe the ways in which their proposed OST program and activities would help address opioid and other substance misuse in their community by improving or increasing the protective factors described above. Applicants for the 1-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 1-Year Grant Application can be found in Section III of the RFP.


Use of funds:

Grant funds may 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).


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 24th, 2020 

Grant awards will be announced by May 2020.


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