Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)
05/10/21 5:00 PM EST
Grants to Connecticut nonprofits, childcare centers, youth camps, education agencies, and community-based organizations for educational summer programming for children and youth. Funding is intended to address scholastic deficits caused during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Priority will be given to those organizations that serve traditionally underserved communities and that demonstrate an ability to serve a significantly greater number of students.
The purpose of the AccelerateCT Summer Program Innovation Grants is to provide students, especially those from traditionally underserved communities, with access to bold, highest-quality, and innovative summer programming. The funding can be used for expanding existing programs or creating a new program to serve students who might otherwise not have access to summer camp/programs, with an emphasis on programs that can serve students regionally or statewide. Programs must be evidence-based and demonstrate, either through available research, prior program data, or by other means, a superior record of improving student outcomes.
The Innovation Grant program will award programmatic and operational funding to organizations that can serve Connecticut children at scale, provide holistic learning opportunities that blend educational and enrichment components, and remove financial and other types of barriers that have typically precluded participation. These grants will be awarded to organizations with a clear record of providing excellent summer learning opportunities for students, particularly for students from traditionally underserved communities.
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). Applicants are encouraged to take a community-wide approach in developing their application and partner with other stakeholders in their communities or regions to strengthen the opportunities available to children and youth.
For program requirements, see: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/SDE/AccelerateCT/Innovation-Grants-RFP.pdf#page=6
Funding may only be used for students between the ages of 5 and 18, with the exception that programs may serve youth with special needs still enrolled in their school district up to their 22nd birthday. Funding can be used to pay for staff, however, increasing staff salary without serving a greater number of students is prohibited. Up to 40% of requested funds can be used for transportation. Funding may be used to offer subsidies to reduce enrollment fees. As noted in the RFP, it is strongly encouraged that programs prioritize students who are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch (FRL) for subsidies.
GrantWatch ID#: 195876
The number of grants funded will depend on the number of applicants and funds available.
- Applicants can apply for grants between $50,000 and $250,000.
- Applicants should only apply for the amount that they are certain they will be able to spend efficiently during the grant period.
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.
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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