Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)
05/10/21 5:00 PM EST
Grants of up to $25,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations, childcare centers, youth camps, education agencies, and community-based organizations for summer programming for children and youth. Priority will be given to students most affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and students in underserved communities. The funding can be used for expanding local existing programs, offering subsidies to offset enrollment costs, or creating a new program to serve students who might otherwise not have access to summer camp/programs.
Summer Enrichment is one of the five AccelerateCT priorities, which were formed to identify best practices and offer guidance on how to implement bold, high-leverage strategies, programs, and practices culminating in the development of the AccelerateCT Framework for Learning Recovery and Education Post-Pandemic.
The purpose of the AccelerateCT Summer Program Expansion Grants is to increase the number of Connecticut children who are able to participate in an enrichment program during the summer of 2021, with an emphasis on children who were most impacted by the pandemic.
The application is designed to expand opportunities for children to participate in high-quality summer programming including summer camp, theme-based enrichment programming, and programs combining academic and enrichment activities. Applicants are encouraged to take a communitywide approach in developing their application and partner with other stakeholders in their communities or regions to strengthen the opportunities available to children and youth.
Programs should respond to students’ academic, social, and emotional needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on student subgroups (each major racial and ethnic group, children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, gender, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children and youth in foster care).
Programs must serve school-age children who have completed kindergarten and are within the age group of 5-18, with the exception that programs may serve youth with special needs, still enrolled in their school district, up to their 22nd birthday.
Applicants must commit to using the funding in at least one of the following ways:
For additional information on eligible activities, see: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/AccelerateCT/Expansion-Grants-RFP.pdf#page=5
For additional program requirements, see: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/AccelerateCT/Expansion-Grants-RFP.pdf#page=6
GrantWatch ID#: 195875
The number of grants awarded will depend on the number of applicants, the quality of the proposals, and the amount of funds available.
Applicants can apply for up to three grants of up to $25,000 per program site. A maximum of one grant will be awarded per site/location, with a maximum of three per organization.
Time Period: June 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Questions may be directed to SDE.Summerenrichment@ct.gov
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Equal Employment Opportunity Director/American with Disabilities Act Coordinator
State of Connecticut Department of Education
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Hartford, CT 06103-1841
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