Funding Opportunity: Afterschool for All Grants

Vermont Afterschool is proud to be working with Vermont’s Agency of Human Services to establish the Afterschool for All Grant Program. The purpose of the grant program is to support efforts to increase access to afterschool and summer learning programs in Vermont. Up to $600,000 total will be awarded through this grant process over the next two years.

Funding Guidelines

Funding will be given to projects to start or expand afterschool and/or summer learning programs in Vermont, with priority given to programs that:

  • Increase access for low-income children and youth;
  • Create or expand options in underserved areas of the state;
  • Serve adolescents and teenagers; and/or
  • Foster skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Applicants may request funding for one or two years. In year one, project funding will start June 24, 2019, and run through June 30, 2020. Projects submitting for a second year of funding must meet all grant expectations in year one. Funding for year two will start July 1, 2020, and run through June 30, 2021. It is expected that awarded grants will not exceed more than $50,000 per year; however, proposals with a documented need to exceed this amount will be accepted and considered through the Letter of Interest process.

Eligible applicants must be located in Vermont and serve children and youth in Vermont. Eligible entities include:

  • Non-profit organizations with current 501.3(c) status;
  • Schools, school districts, and supervisory unions;
  • Towns, public recreation departments, and municipal government organizations; and
  • Licensed childcare centers.

Interested entities should submit a Letter of Interest electronically by March 27, 2019. Only applicants submitting a Letter of Interest will be considered for the full proposal process. Questions? Email Tricia (triciapawlikyork@nullvermontafterschool.org) or call 802-448-3464.

If selected to submit a full application, applicants may be required to submit financial documentation, including a recent independent financial review and/or audit report.

Timeline and Key Dates for 2019

Wednesday, March 27: Letter of Interest Due by 5 p.m. and submitted here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Afterschool_LOI

Monday, April 22: Invitation to Submit Full Proposal Sent

Wednesday, May 15: Full Proposals Due

Monday, June 10: Grant Notifications

Monday, June 24: Project Funding Starts

Helpful Hints

  • Character counts include spaces and punctuation. Responses that go over the set character limits cannot be accepted.
  • All sections of the Letter of Interest must be completed at the time of submittal. Partially completed applications cannot be saved in the online Survey Monkey form.
  • A full list of questions is provided below to help you prepare to submit the LOI online.

Letter of Interest Questions

  1. Project Title (character limit: 100)
  2. Contact Information for Project Lead (Name, Organization, Address, City/Town, State/Province, ZIP/Postal Code, Email Address, Phone Number)
  3. Amount of funding requested per year. Please indicate if the request is for one or two years. (character limit: 100)
  4. Is this a new program or an expansion to an existing program?
  5. Project Summary (character limit: 2000).
  6. Priority Area(s) Address by the Project. Please rank the options below in regard to your proposed project with 1 indicating a top priority. If a particular area does not apply, please select N/A for that item.
  • Increase access for low-income children and youth
  • Create or expand options in underserved areas of the state
  • Serve adolescents and teenagers
  • Foster skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  1. Age Range of the Children and/or Youth Expected to be Served (character limit: 50)
  2. Total Number of Children and/or Youth Expected to be Served (character limit: 50)
  3. Partner Organizations (character limit: 1200)
  4. Other sources of funding that will be used to support this project (character limit: 1200)