Grants for Afterschool Programs

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Grants for Afterschool Programs


What young people do with their free time matters, and afterschool music programs play a big role in supporting their wellbeing and success. Happily, a new grant program aims to keep these programs thriving. Organizations providing afterschool and summer programming in the United States can now apply for Aim High grants, funded by the New York Life Foundation and administered by the Afterschool Alliance. Aim High grants help increase access for underserved middle school youth—an age group very much at a crossroads in life, where programs like these can really help. Grants ranging from $15,000–50,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations serving a high percentage (75%) of low-income youth in grades 6–8. One-year grants will be awarded to smaller organizations working in the areas of racial equity, social justice, and youth wellbeing; larger organizations focused on pandemic recovery efforts are eligible for two-year grants. Read their FAQ page to explore different grant categories, and apply via Afterschool Alliance by February 1, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET.


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