New York Life Foundation’s “Aim High” Grant Competition is NOW OPEN

Afterschool Alliance - OST Grant

Now Open – Proposals Due January 24, 2020

The 2020 Aim High grant competition is now open!

The Afterschool Alliance and the New York Life Foundation today issued a Request for Proposals for the Aim High grant program. In this fourth cycle, the Foundation will award $1.35 million to out-of-school time (OST) programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth, bringing the total amount awarded over the life of the grant program to $4.8 million.

Aim High is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in OST programs to help underserved 8th graders reach the 9th grade on time and prepared for high school level work. In 2020, 26 awards will go to afterschool, summer and expanded learning programs nationwide through a competitive application process.

Research shows that participation in high-quality afterschool, expanded day, and summer programs leads to greater academic achievement, better school attendance, and more engagement. In communities struggling with opioids and other substance misuse, afterschool and summer learning programs are playing a critical role by helping youth develop protective factors, such as problem-solving skills, emotional regulation, and providing supports for children and families impacted by trauma and adverse experiences.

Select grants will be dedicated to helping programs with this work to help address the impact of the opioid crisis.

The New York Life Foundation will award 26 grants to out-of-school time programs serving disadvantaged middle school youth through their Aim High grant program. The Aim High program is part of the New York Life Foundation’s ongoing investment in middle school OST programs to help economically disadvantaged eighth-graders reach ninth grade on time and prepared to succeed in high school. The grant program will fund afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, based on a competitive application process.

This year, the Aim High grant program will provide $1,350,000 to support 26 awards nationwide in three categories as follows:

  • $100,000 – 8 grants of $50,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more and annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more.
  • $50,000 – 8 grants of $25,000 per year over the span of two years will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more.
  • $15,000 –  10 grants over one year will go to OST programs with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more with a focus on addressing opioid and other substance misuse in their community by helping youth develop protective factors and employing approaches that support youth affected by trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

Apply online here. To prepare your application, review the pdf of the full application and eligibility requirements, and sign up for our upcoming webinar.

The Afterschool Alliance will convene a selection committee comprised of experts in the OST field to assess applications and make grant recommendations. Grant winners will be notified in May 2020.

The Afterschool Alliance is administering the grant application process on behalf of the Foundation. If you have any questions about the New York Life Aim High grants, please contact aimhigh@afterschoolalliance.org.  

 

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