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AccelerateCT Summer Program Expansion Grants

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits, Centers, Camps, and LEAs
for Summer Programs for Children and Youth Affected by COVID-19

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Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)

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Deadline Date:

05/10/21 5:00 PM EST


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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:

  • To serve additional children or youth through existing programming (e.g., hire more staff/lifeguards, rent a larger facility, expand hours/weeks, expand ages served, etc.); and/or
  • To subsidize enrollment costs for students, particularly those eligible for free or reduced-price school meals; and/or
  • To provide transportation for program participants (up to a maximum of 40% of the total grant award).

For additional information on eligible activities, see:

For additional program requirements, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195875

Number of Grants:

The number of grants awarded will depend on the number of applicants, the quality of the proposals, and the amount of funds available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Time Period: June 1, 2021 – September 3, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include the following:
- Non-profit organizations with a current, valid child care center or youth camp license from the Office of Early Childhood (OEC); or
(Note: OEC licensed programs can only request funding for sites with existing licenses with school-age care endorsements. Sites licensed to serve only children ages five and under may not apply.)
- License-exempt child care center/youth camp operated by a (A) municipal agency; (B) private or independent school; or (C) are organizations that are specifically exempted by name in the statute (Sec. 19a-77); or
- Local education agencies (LEAs) that received less than $50,000 in Elementary and Secondary Emergency School Relief Fund II (ESSER II) funding
- License-exempt non-profit community-based organizations (CBOs) for programs serving exclusively youth ages sixteen or older; or
- A partnership led by one of the above eligible organizations, working together with other non-profit organizations, municipal agencies, local and regional boards of education, Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs), charter schools, or magnet schools.

Private and independent schools and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply only if the program is open to all children and not just those who are of a particular faith, enrolled in a particular school or members of the applicant organization.

License-exempt programs that do not receive Care 4 Kids must submit as part of their application a letter signed by the Municipal Lead Administrator or the Private School Lead Administrator attesting that the municipality/private school administers the above named program and therefore retains ultimate responsibility for the management and oversight of such program, for the staff employed at the program, and the children attending the program.

In order to receive grant funding, license-exempt camps will need to abide by certain Connecticut regulations followed by certain license-exempt programs that receive a Care 4 Kids subsidy. Licensed-exempt programs that currently do not meet the requirements laid out in the Request For Proposals may use up to half of the funding provided to meet these age, student ratio, and other requirements.

Overnight camps that also run a day camp component can apply to expand the day camp.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: May 10, 2021, 5:00 PM EST

Awards Announced: by May 24, 2021

All applications must be submitted online. Each organization may submit up to three applications for the Expansion Grants as long as they are for entirely separate sites.

Applicants who want to run a half a day of enrichment programming to dovetail with the school district’s academic morning program may do that as long as programs are meeting the minimum requirements of 5 hours per day, 4 days per week.

Each program should describe how meals and snacks will be provided. Programs are encouraged to coordinate with Summer Meals Program Sponsors in their area for the provision of meals and snacks. Under these federal programs, all children 18 years of age and younger are eligible to receive healthy meals and snacks at no cost regardless of residency, school enrollment, or household income.

USDA Summer Food Service Program Fact Sheet:

View the April 28 webinar:

Contact Information:

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

Inquiries regarding the Connecticut State Department of Education’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:
Levy Gillespie
Equal Employment Opportunity Director/American with Disabilities Act Coordinator
State of Connecticut Department of Education
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 607
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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