The goal of this state funded competitive grant program 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.
*ASOST is inclusive of before-school, after-school, vacation and summer programming hours beyond school time.
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).
Competitive priority will be given to applicants from:
Massachusetts public school districts, non-public schools, and public and private non-profit community-based organizations (CBOs) organizations with experience running ASOST programs (Category A and B) or providing professional development to Massachusetts ASOST programs (Category C) are eligible to apply.
Approximately $10,500,000 is projected to be available through state After-School and Out-of-School Time Grants line item 7061-9611, pending appropriation.
An entity may submit One application in up to Two different categories for both the school year and/or summer the following:
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available, it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Funds must be used to support activities that enhance quality and/or increase access to programs and services as outlined in this Funding Opportunity RFP.
Budget expenditures may include, but are not limited to the following:
General notes on fund use (applicable to applicants in all categories):
FC 528 Upon Approval (no earlier than 9/30/2022) – 06/30/2023
FC 530 7/1/2023 – 8/31/2023
School Year (FC528) includes afterschool and any planning or summer services from Upon Approval – 06/30/2023. Summer (FC530) covers services from 7/1/2023 – 8/31/2023.
Pending budget appropriation, continuation of funding will be available in fiscal year 2024 for a total grant period of two years. Eligibility for funding in year two (Anticipated 9/1/2023 – 8/31/2024) is based on meeting grant requirements and submission of year-end report and continuation grant application.
Office of Student and Family Support
Friday, September 9, 2022
Part II — Budget
Part III — Required Program Information
Addendum — Grant Assurances
The following, in addition to submitting a year-end grant/data report (details will be provided to grantees), are required of all recipients in each respective category:
Category A/B: Quality Enhancements & Increased Access
Category C: Regional or Statewide PD/Networking
Submit the following required information by email on the due date noted above to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget, and attach the Part I, Part III and Addendum in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.
Last Updated: August 19, 2022
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