Expanding Access Grants Programme – Vermont Afterschool is proud to be working again with Governor Phil Scott’s office, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, and the Vermont Agency of Education to establish the 2022–2023 Afterschool & Summer Expanding Access Grant Program.
Over the next 18 months, we anticipate that $4.25 million will be available through competitive grants to expand access to and improve the quality of summer enrichment opportunities and after school programming for children and youth statewide.
As we continue to work to address needs created or worsened by the pandemic, afterschool and summer programs offer important opportunities for Vermont’s children and youth to engage, connect, and heal.
After school and summer programs provide safe and inclusive environments with more time for learning and growth and allow children and youth to build relationships, explore interests, develop skills, and have valuable experiences. After school and summer programs also help working families and play an important role in our communities.
Our collective efforts to continue to reduce barriers and expand access to quality afterschool programs and summer enrichment opportunities will help inform efforts to provide universal afterschool in the future. We encourage you and your partners to think innovatively as you plan what these important opportunities can look like for the children and youth in your community!
Grant Purpose / Expanding Access Grants Programme
This grant opportunity is designed to:
- Support children, youth, and families with afterschool and summer programs that address learning loss, support working families, and meet students’ well-being, connectedness, and mental health needs;
- Expand existing afterschool and summer learning programs for children and youth (kindergarten through grade 12) in areas where few or no services currently exist and in ways that increase the affordability, accessibility, availability, and inclusivity of all afterschool and summer programs throughout Vermont; and
- Build long-lasting, sustainable partnerships and implement systems innovations that will lead to more children and youth having access to quality afterschool and summer programs beyond the scope of this grant.
Program Funding Priorities / Expanding Access Grants Programme
The grant program’s priorities are to:
- Expand access to afterschool and summer programs by:
- Addressing affordability for children and youth (Kindergarten through grade 12) and their families
- Creating new programs in parts of the state where few or no options are currently available
- Increasing program slots for children and youth
- Increasing weeks, days, hours of summer programming
- Ensuring that underserved youth, including youth from low-income backgrounds, youth of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth, English learners, youth with disabilities and/or special needs, migratory youth, rural youth, youth in foster care and youth experiencing homelessness are well-represented in the mix of youth participating in programs and have the needed resources to fully participate
- Implement, or work toward implementing, evidenced-based programs and practices that address learning loss and meet students’ well-being, connectedness, social-emotional learning, and mental health needs and incorporate youth voice
- Build long-lasting partnerships with schools, towns, and other community organizations for the purpose of sustaining programming beyond the length of the grant funds
- Pilot innovative approaches to address specific systemic issues, barriers, and other challenges that impact the effectiveness and long-term sustainability of after school and summer programs
Eligibility / Expanding Access Grants Programme
Non-profit organizations, municipalities, and licensed/regulated providers of school-age child care are eligible to apply.
How to Apply / Expanding Access Grants Programme
Interested persons should visit https://vermontafterschool.org/expanding-access-grants/ and apply.