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After School Program Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits for Out-of-School
Youth Activities and Academic Support in Eligible Towns

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Savings Foundation (ASF)

Deadline Date:

04/05/19 Delivery or Postmarked


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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations for out-of-school activities for youth in Waterbury and New Britain. Funding is intended for high-quality after-school activities that include project-based learning, tutoring and homework help, academic support or enrichment, and recreation. Programs should incorporate best practice standards and focus on enrolling underserved youth populations and keeping youth involved and engaged on a regular basis.

The term “after school" is used to include programs that operate during the hours of 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM during the school year. Programs may take place in school buildings, or any community-based facility.

Best-Practice elements include:
- Typically operate 3-5 days a week
- Recording program attendance to show that youth participate on a consistent basis
- Youth development opportunities that include hands-on project-based learning
- Daily homework help
- Enrichment activities that focus on skills building (executive functions, literacy and numeracy), such as theater arts, STEM, and recreation activities.

High-quality elements include:
- Broad outreach to get and keep youth involved and engaged a regular basis, including youth who are most at-risk or have the greatest need
- Developmentally age-appropriate and culturally relevant to the youth being served
- Clear and defined outcomes for youth
- Methods to measure program implementation and progress

The Foundation expects all after-school programs to take and report attendance. It is critical that youth attend on a regular basis over the course of the school year. A key guideline: each youth you enroll should attend at least 50% of the days your program is open. New Britain agencies that are funded all use the “A-Plus” system. Outside of New Britain, the Foundation does not require a specific method; it is up to each program to decide.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179952

Term of Contract:

The Foundation reviews proposals on a year-by-year basis only and renewed funding is never automatic.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to apply organization must be tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3).

Organizations applying for after school programming in New Britain, Waterbury, or the historic 64-town service area are eligible. In both New Britain and Waterbury, the Foundation strongly encourages the agencies that are funded to be active participants in their local city-wide network.

With very few exceptions, the Foundation does not fund:
- General operating support or unrestricted grants
- Primary or secondary schools -- public, private independent, or parochial -- or colleges and universities
- Funding to replace municipal, state or federal funding

If your request is for any of the above purposes, you are strongly encouraged to call the Foundation before submitting a proposal.

Ineligible for funding:
- Political advocacy and lobbying
- Religious institutions, except for non-sectarian activities that benefit the community at-large
- Individuals
- Annual campaigns
- Endowment funds
- Travel (e.g. sports teams, field trips).
- Event sponsorships (e.g. golf, galas)
- Private Foundations.

Grants will not be made for capital improvements, such as space renovations, or for purchasing computers. Some funds may be used for program supplies, including educational software, art materials, and the like.

Also, because the Foundation operates a large college scholarship program, it does not provide funding for scholarship programs operated by schools or other nonprofit organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Proposal Deadline: April 5, 2019

Proposals must be postmarked or hand-delivered by the deadline. Proposals will not be accepted via email or fax. Incomplete proposals will be declined outright.

You will receive email confirmation acknowledging receipt of the proposal.

A program that operates in multiple sites serving the same age group in the same town should submit only one proposal. If an applicant plans to operate different programs, the applicant may submit more than one proposal. This is a highly competitive process. If an applicant is unsure what to do, call first.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Proposals should be mailed or hand-delivered to:

American Savings Foundation
185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051
phone: (860) 827-2556
fax: (860) 832-4582

Maria Sanchez, Director of Grantmaking and Community Investment

Cierra Stancil, Associate Program Officer, Grants

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: Primarily in New Britain, with a secondary focus in Waterbury.