Summer Grant Program

Vermont Afterschool is proud to work with Governor Phil Scott’s office, Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, and the Vermont Agency of Education to establish the Summer Matters for All Grant Program. At least $1.5 million will be available to expand access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth statewide during Summer 2021.

As we emerge from the pandemic, Summer 2021 will be an important time for Vermont’s youth to re-engage, connect, learn and heal; meet the immediate needs of families; and inform efforts to provide universal afterschool in the future. We encourage you to think big as you plan what summer can look like in your community!

Important Dates

  • Applications Due: May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Award Notifications: May 26, 2021
  • Award Period: June 14, 2021-September 15, 2021

Online Application

The application period has closed.

Summer Matters for All RFP 2021 (download PDF version)

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Application Information

Grant Purpose:

  • Creation of new summer learning programs in areas where few or no services currently exist;
  • Expansion of existing summer learning programs in order to increase affordability for K-12 children and youth through a variety of strategies;
  • Increased access to summer programs for children and youth with disabilities and other traditionally marginalized populations;
  • Elimination of barriers to summer program access based on geography, socio-economic factors, demographics.

Funding Available & Grant Awards:

  • At least $1.5 million in available funds
  • Grant award range: $20,000-$75,000
  • Funds will be distributed through a reimbursement process

Funding Priorities:

  • Expanding access to programs by addressing affordability for K-12 children and youth and their families.
  • Expanding programming in parts of the state where few or no options are currently available.
  • Expanding access by increasing program slots for children and youth.
  • Expanding access by increasing weeks, days, hours of summer programming.
  • Ensuring that underserved populations (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, ELL, New Americans/Refugees, Migrant, and Homeless Youth) are well-represented in the mix of children/youth participating in programs.
  • Providing additional resources so that students with disabilities and/or special needs are able to fully participate in programs.

Allowable Activities:

  • Reducing costs to families for participation (e.g., sliding fee scales, lowered participation fees, etc.)
  • Expansion of existing program: number of summer weeks and hours, number of children served, number of slots, staffing, space, activities, add a site, etc.
  • Establishment of a new program
  • Increase of youth supports e.g. mental health provider and/or a social worker, diversity/equity/inclusion consultant, tutors, mentors, etc.
  • Resources for students with disabilities and/or special needs for full participation 
  • Provision of qualified instructors to provide math and literacy instruction (at least two hours a day)
  • Staffing costs
  • Activities to explore careers and gain workforce skills
  • Hiring high school students to work in the program (ages 16 and up)
  • Integration of social and emotional learning and/or science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming
  • Hands-on enrichment programs
  • Field trips e.g. state park entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Equipment
  • Family engagement
  • Other activities as identified by the local community to establish and/or expand access to summer programming


Non-profit organizations; municipalities; licensed/regulated providers of school-age childcare; and privately or publicly owned summer camp programs can apply.

Note: both public schools and districts, as well as independent schools, are not eligible.

Public schools and districts interested in funding summer programming may use their ESSER I, II or III funds to support these activities, including through contracts with other organizations. Please contact Josh Souliere at the Agency of Education with questions regarding ESSER funds.

If an independent school is eligible for the GEER EANS program, they may partner with the Agency of Education to help with summer programming costs. Questions regarding the use of GEER EANS funds should be directed to

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