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. Applicants can apply.
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 is due on August 19, 2016. See RFP for full details.
Presentation Slides Grant Information Webinar (7/26/16 and 8/1/16)
FY16 Competitive Grant RFP
FY16 Continuation Grant RFP
FY15 Competitive Grant RFP
FY14 Competitive Grant RFP
FY14 Continuation Grant RFP
FY13 Competitive Grant RFP
FY12 Competitive Grant RFP
Previous RFPs are available upon request (see contact information below).
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.
(September 2014 - August 2015 & September 2015 - August 2016))
FY15 Targeted Funds: (FC 531) For Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. -$5,000* for summer programming, as directed by the FY15 state budget 7061-9611 line item.
*Note: Reduced to $0 in November, 2014 per M.G.L. c.29, s. 9C budget cuts.
(September 2013 - August 2014)
(September 2012 - August 2014)
(September 2011 - August 2012)
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 Standards , wherever appropriate, and be in accordance with local school/district policy and procedure.
Kristen McKinnon, Service-Learning and Student Engagement Specialist
via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-6306
or Rachelle Engler Bennett, OLSEL Director
via email@example.com or 781-338-3010
Office of Learning Supports and Early Learning (OLSEL)
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St., Malden MA 02148-4906