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Afterschool and Out-of-School Time (ASOST) — State Funds

The goal of this state funded (line item 7061-9611) competitive grant program under Fund Codes 528-530 is to enhance the quality of and increase access to afterschool and out-of-school time (ASOST) programs in order to improve the academic, physical, social, and emotional wellness of school-age youth during the school year and the summer months.

The main priorities for this grant are to improve the quality of and access to ASOST programs and services by:

  • Supporting activities that enhance one or more of the quality criteria areas outlined in the Guidelines for Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (Category A — Quality Enhancements);
  • Increasing access to quality ASOST programs for students who have previously been underserved including but not limited to students considered as low-income, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), English learners, special education, migrant, experiencing homelessness, in foster care and/or living in rural areas (Category B — Increased Access); and
  • Providing regional and statewide professional development (PD), which may include networking opportunities, for other ASOST providers (Category C — Regional or Statewide PD/Networking).

American Rescue Plan (ARP) — Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) — Federal Funds

The Department is supporting two funding opportunities from the required 1% set asides from ARP-ESSER funding (approximately $36 million) for afterschool and summer programming.

  • Lead Applicant Focus of Community-Based Organizations (with districts as partners)

    ASOST-Rebound (ASOST-R) Subgrant Grant: A competitive grant (Fund Codes 409-410) to fund several regional or statewide non-profit entities with the ability to subgrant and provide wraparound support to afterschool and out-of-school time (ASOST) providers. The overall goal of this grant is then to help ASOST programs rebound and strengthen quality of services from impacts of COVID-19 and thereby improve learning and social-emotional outcomes and access to enrichment opportunities for youth impacted as well.

  • Grant Program with Lead Applicant Focus of Districts (with CBOs as partners)

    Development and Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning Grant: A competitive grant (Fund Codes 527-525-523) geared to school districts to support the development and expansion of high quality, comprehensive summer learning programs to address both the academic and social-emotional impacts of COVID-19.

Development and Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning Programs — State Funds

The Development and Expansion of High Quality Summer Learning Programs (Fund Code 527) is funded through state line item 7061-9814. The purpose of this grant program is to increase access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs. The priorities of the grant are to:

  • Supports the development of a new summer program or the expansion of an existing summer program by adding more students and/or time;
  • Offers at least 150 hours of programming with a focus on academic and college and career readiness skills, including critical thinking, collaboration, perseverance and other social and emotional areas;
  • Offers engaging and innovative hands-on programming;
  • Offers enrichment activities that will help to close opportunity gaps;
  • Connects to evidence/researched-based programming;
  • Creates an anti-racist, culturally responsive and welcoming environment; and
  • Collaborates with a variety of organizations and leverages cost-sharing partnerships with local districts, private funders and non-profit institutions.

Contact Information:

Allison Smith
via asost@mass.gov or allisonward.smith@mass.gov
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-3232

or Donna Pisaturo
via asost@mass.gov or donna.m.pisaturo@mass.gov
or (781) 338-3010 or (781) 338-3322

or Rachelle Engler Bennett, Associate Commissioner
via achievement@doe.mass.edu or 781-338-3010

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Last Updated: November 8, 2022

 
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