Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program
The Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program (Fund Code 530) is a program funded through state line item 7061-9611. Funding is designed to enhance comprehensive and effective after-school and out-of-school time programming for students in grades K-12. Grants support children's and youth's academic, social, and emotional development outside of the regular school day, for public and non-public school-age students during the school year and over the summer months. Priorities for programs include:
- Supporting strong and innovative enhancements to programming using the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and Early Education and Care (EEC) recommended Guidelines for Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time programs and
- Addressing barriers to student participation.
- Expanding/enhancing quality summer programming to ensure a continuum of programs and services to help to stem summer learning loss.
Request for Proposals:
FY17 Fund Code (FC) 530 Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) (Competitive)
Grant Program Purpose: To enhance out-of-school time (OST*) programs and services to improve the academic, physical, social, and emotional wellness of public and non-public school-age youth during the school year and the summer months.
Eligibility: Massachusetts public school districts, non-public schools, and public and private community-based organizations with existing OST programs are eligible to apply for funding. Additional eligibility parameters apply to each grant category, as noted in the Key Grant Requirements section of the RFP.
Eligibility Amounts: An entity may submit one application under only one of the following categories for:
- Category A: Quality Enhancements — up to $20,000 to support program quality enhancements (during the school year and/or summer) at one or more existing OST sites.
- Category B: Regional or Statewide PD (including networking opportunities) — up to $20,000 to support professional development, which includes networking opportunities, for OST providers.
- Category C: SL Curriculum Development — up to $35,000 (for both school year and summer) to support the development, piloting and documentation of SL curricula at an existing summer program site. Note: Applicants in this category must budget $7,500 of the grant request to cover the required Department-sponsored professional development and curriculum documentation.
RFP Application and Due Date: The FY17 FC 530B RFP applications were due August 19, 2016. See RFP for full details.
FY16 Competitive Grant RFP
FY16 Continuation Grant RFP
Previous RFPs are available upon request (see contact information below).
FY17 FC 530 competitive grant recipients
FY17 Targeted Funds (FC531), as directed by the FY17 state budget 7061-9611 line item, for the following:
- $10,000 shall be allocated to Beyond Soccer, Inc. to provide innovative health, athletic and leadership programming for low-income youths in the city of Lawrence (Note: Reduced to $0 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $20,000 shall be granted to the Cape Verdean Association of Brockton's YEP! We Can Summer Program for programming for financially disadvantaged children (Note: Reduced to $10,800 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $100,000 shall be expended for the Department of Community Services in the City of New Bedford to establish an after-school STEAM Design Academy for Girls pilot program (Note: Reduced to $32,543 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $60,000 shall be expended for the New Bedford Museum and Art Center, Inc. to provide a computer laboratory and arts library for financially disadvantaged children in the city of New Bedford (Note: Reduced to $20,001 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $200,000 shall be expended for the Recreation Worcester program
- $100,000 shall be expended for the Resiliency for Life program to support academic intervention and dropout prevention (Note: Reduced to $0 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $20,000 shall be expended for Steps to Success, Inc.in the town of Brookline (Note: Reduced to $0 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $300,000 shall be expended for the operation of a pilot sharing program designed to provide school districts with funds to partner with local community-based organizations and to share identifiable student data to the extent allowed by 34 CFR 99.31 et. seq.; provided further, that the pilot program shall continue for up to 3 years; provided further, that the afterschool and out-of-school time coordinating council shall suggest 2 school districts to participate in the pilot program; provided further, that the afterschool and out-of-school time coordinating council shall conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis on the pilot sharing program; provided further, that the afterschool and out-of-school time coordinating council shall submit a report to the joint committee on education and the house and senate committees on ways and means on the effects of the data sharing pilot on students participating in programs partnered with the school districts (Note: Reduced to $0 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $25,000 shall be expended for the Bird Street Community Center in Boston (Note: Reduced to $0 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
- $20,000 shall be expended to the Yes We Care/Torch Training program
- $100,000 shall be expended for the Youth Court programs of New Bedford and Fall River to support juvenile diversion programs based on the principles of peer-led restorative justice (Note: Reduced to $20,000 after the December 2016, M.G.L. c.29,s. 9C budget cuts)
FY16 FC 530 continuation grant recipients (eligible for their initial full FY15 amounts).
FY16 FC 530B competitive grant recipients.
FY16 Targeted Funds (FC 531), as directed by the FY16 state budget 7061-9611 line item, for the following:
- $100,000 for the Resiliency for Life program to support academic intervention and dropout prevention;
- $10,000 for the Steps to Success program [through Third Sector New England] in the town of Brookline;
- $60,000 for the construction of a children's community playground at the Alfred J. Gomes elementary school in the city of New Bedford;
- $25,000 for a 1-time grant program to be administered by Southcoast Health System, Inc. for the purchase of automated external defibrillators, with possible applicants to include municipalities, school districts, including regional school districts, and nonprofit organizations located in the city of New Bedford for use in schools, youth sports facilities and other youth centers that serve financially disadvantaged children; provided further, that local matching funds may be provided through the municipality or school district by local appropriation or through donations from nonprofit organizations or individual, corporate, or foundation gifts; provided further, that the grant program shall be designated as the Sean Patrick Toomey memorial grant;
- $100,000 for the renovation of the stage and auditorium of Agawam [junior] high school in the city known as the town of Agawam;
- $15,000 for summer programming through Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc.
Report to the Legislature on After-School and Out-of-School Time Quality Enhancement Grants (May 2013)
After School and Out-of-School Time Technical Assistance Resources
The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care oversees early education and care and after-school services for families.
The Massachusetts Special Commission on After School and Out of School Time was created by the Massachusetts Legislature to "study and recommend how to' define and 'better coordinate, expand, finance and improve accessible, affordable, and quality out-of-school time programming for school age children in all settings in Massachusetts." The Commission published a report, Our Common Wealth: Building a Future for Our Children and Youth, in 2007
Public School Operated School-Age Child Care Programs, operated by a public school, on a regular basis, that provide supervised group care for school-age children during out-of-school time are required to register through this online form with the Department (ESE). A copy of the required registration information can be used to prepare information to enter online. Programming offered must align with the Quality Standards for Public School Operated School-Age Child Care Programs , wherever appropriate, and be in accordance with local school/district policy and procedure.
Allison Smith, Education and Data Specialist
via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-3232
or Kristen McKinnon, Service-Learning and Student Engagement Coordinator
via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-6306
or Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner
via email@example.com or 781-338-3010
Office of Student and Family Support
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St., Malden MA 02148-4906