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After School Program Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits for Summer or
Out-of-School Programs for Children and Youth

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American Savings Foundation (ASF)

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Grants to Connecticut nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for summer or out-of-school activities for children and youth. Funding is intended for high-quality after-school activities that include project-based learning, tutoring and homework help, recreation, and enrichment. Programs must serve youth in Waterbury and New Britain.

The Foundation believes that all youth deserve the opportunity to attend after-school programs that incorporate best practice standards and provide children with experiences that are challenging, nurturing, and fun. 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 on 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

For summer programs and for other programs that follow the school year but do not meet the after-school program guideline criteria (such as in-school day and Saturday programs), see the program grant application:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179952

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3).

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.

A program that operates after-school programs in multiple sites serving the same age group in the same town should submit only one proposal. If you plan to operate different programs, you may submit more than one proposal.

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:

- Proposals for programs that follow the school year are due April 29, 2021.
- The deadline for any summer youth programs is January 14, 2021.

The Board of Directors meets 4 times a year - March, June, September, and December. A decision on your application will be made at the upcoming meeting after a complete application is submitted.

Typically, only one program at an agency is funded in a given year.

The Foundation is accessible to grant seekers by email, phone, or in person. First-time grant seekers are encouraged to call or email the Foundation to discuss a potential grant. Site visits might be conducted during the review process when it is appropriate to do so.

For other programs that follow the school year but do not meet the after-school program guideline criteria (such as in-school day and Saturday programs), use the program grant application. For summer youth programs, use the program grant application as well.

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.


After school resources:

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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.

Apply online:

Call Maria Sanchez, Director of Grantmaking and Community Investment, at 860-612-3375 directly to discuss the submission of an After School Grant.

American Savings Foundation
185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051

(860) 827-2556

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Geographic Focus:

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

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