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CDD Afterschool Care Grants

 

The CDD Afterschool Care Grant Program is designed to increase the capacity and quality of regulated Vermont afterschool programs. The funds are available to serve children in grades K-12. Grant activities are to impact these children and their families in one of two ways:

(1) To increase the number of children served by the start-up of a new program or to expand the number of school-aged children to be served in an existing program or;

(2) To improve the quality of program services, defined by a assessment process for one or more quality standards outlined in the Vermont-STARS recognition system or in similar nationally recognized standards of best practice.

Proposals for CDD Afterschool Grants must address at least one of the following two Agency of Human Services (AHS) State Team Outcomes:

  • Children succeed in school
  • Children live in stable, supported families


TYPES OF GRANTS

(1) Afterschool Care Start-up and Expansion Grants (for capacity building): These are 1-year grants (with an option for a 2nd year) for up to $9,500 to cover expenses in new start-up or existing program settings. The application must document how the grant will be used to increase the number of school-aged children attending from the community, who have not been previously served by this afterschool care program. One application can be submitted for each site. Each grantee will work with a Vermont Afterschool Quality Improvement Coach to best support program and grant outcomes.

(2) Quality Improvement Afterschool Care Grants: These are 1-year grants for requests for up to $4,500. No more than 30% of the grant award can be budgeted for equipment. The purpose of these grants is to improve the quality of regulated afterschool care programs, specifically to assist programs in achieving a Vermont STARS recognition level or national accreditation. Each grantee will work with a Vermont Afterschool Quality Improvement Coach to best support program and grant outcomes. (Note: For this grant category only, larger agencies with multiple sites may apply under one application.  This requires a separate application cover letter for each site, with a common summary and budget plan).


GRANT PERIOD

The grant period for afterschool care grants is from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.


ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

All organizations offering (or planning to offer) regulated, licensed afterschool care: public and private non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, schools that offer afterschool programs, regulated center-based child care programs, playgroups, preschool programs, parent education and support programs, teen programs, training programs, etc.

All childcare programs applying for these funds must be licensed or working on licensure through the Child Development Division, Vermont Department for Children and Families, Agency of Human Services. Established programs that are already licensed must also be in good regulatory standing for the past year. Programs pending licensure must have filed an application for a childcare license from the CDD, State of Vermont, before start-up funds are awarded.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The next grant cycle will open in January 2018 with grants due in Spring 2018.


APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Grant instructions are available to download here.

 

EXPECTATIONS FOR GRANTEES

Each grantee must submit progress reports and work with a Vermont Afterschool coach throughout the grant period. As follow up to grant, each grantee must submit a summary of how coaching supported grant outcomes. At least one afterschool professional from the grantee’s program is expected to attend the 2017 Vermont Afterschool Conference. Each grantee will host and support selected professional development trainings for afterschool staff if recommended by coach.

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