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Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits and Public Schools for K-12 After School Enrichment Programs


Geographic Focus

USA: New Jersey

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New Jersey Afterschool/Summer Program - Cohort 5

New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) - Division of Learning Supports and Specialized Services

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #163089

Grant Description

Grants to New Jersey nonprofit youth organizations and public schools to provide out-of-school time (OST) programs for youth in grades K-12 that are at risk of academic failure. OST programs include high-quality summer enrichment and afterschool programs.

The intent of these funds is to provide more time for youth to practice skills, gain knowledge, explore topics of interest, socialize with peers and develop positive relationships in an informal setting. Furthermore, the program is intended to equalize opportunities for students from low- income families and mitigate summer learning loss. Additionally, since juvenile violence peaks in the afterschool hours on school days, OST programs also provide a safe haven for youth and give parents peace of mind, so that they can continue to be productive employees.

Therefore, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is offering these funds to organizations willing to expand existing afterschool and summer programs or create new OST programs that offer high-quality, engaging activities to youth throughout New Jersey. It is expected that these programs will: increase students' career and college readiness and increase positive student behavior while engaging parents. The applicant must enhance educational experiences for students between the age of five and 18 by providing targeted activities in at least one of the following areas: academic enrichment in any subject area, STEM, career awareness/exploration and/or community service.

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  • Public Schools
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This opportunity is a limited, competitive grant program open to any national or statewide public or private 501c3 youth-serving organization and 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees not funded for the 2018-2019 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:
-have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results; AND
-have at least four years' experience operating an afterschool program; AND
-currently operates an afterschool and summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.

Additionally, the applicant agrees to serve 100 students in any of grades K-12 who currently attend a focus or priority school OR who currently attend other schools determined to be in need of intervention and support.

A national or statewide public or private 501c3 youth-serving organization is defined as those organizations currently operating an afterschool and summer program at:
-six sites throughout all regions in New Jersey (statewide); OR
-three states and three sites in New Jersey (national)

Ineligible Costs:
-Administrative costs
-Indirect costs
-Vehicle purchases
-Construction or capital improvements
-Staff membership to associations
-Overnight travel and meals
-Religious practices

Please note that the regions are designated as:
Northern region (Warren, Sussex, Passaic, Morris, Essex, Bergen, Hudson); Central region (Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth); and Southern region (Burlington, Ocean, Camden, Gloucester, Atlantic, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants may attend a technical assistance session, which will be held on July 25, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM in the 1st floor small conference room at 100 River View Plaza, Trenton, NJ.

Attendance is not mandatory. If attending, registration is required. Applicants must register online at

Registrants requiring special accommodations for the technical assistance webinar should identify their needs at the time of registration.

Pre-Application Information:

The Application Control Center (ACC) must receive the complete application through the online Electronic Web Enabled Grant (EWEG) system no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Please Note: At least 48 hours are needed to enable EWEG set-up for users. Applicants are urged to request access well in advance of the application due date.

Payment of grant funds is made through a reimbursement system.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximate Number of Awards: 4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $250,000

Term of Contract:

Awards will be issued for 10 months. The single project period is November 1, 2018-August 31, 2019.

Contact Information:

The Application Control Center (ACC) must receive the complete application through the online Electronic Web-Enabled Grant (EWEG) system:

Contact the EWEG Help Desk at

Direct technical assistance webinar registration questions to

NJ Department of Education
PO Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500


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