NJ Afterschool Summer Program-Cohort 8 – Competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) is available – Apply by Thu Feb 17

The goal of the New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program is to support out-of-school time (OST) programs, which include afterschool, before-school, or summer enrichment for students at risk of academic failure. Therefore, the NJDOE is offering these funds to eligible applicants willing to expand existing OST programs to offer high-quality, engaging activities to youth throughout New Jersey. It is expected that these programs will increase students’ career and college readiness and increase positive student behavior while engaging parents/guardians. The applicant must enhance educational experiences for students between the ages of five and 18 years old by providing targeted activities in at least one of following areas: academic support; intervention and/or enrichment in any subject area; career exploration; or community service.

The NJDOE is offering this limited, competitive grant program open to any national or statewide public or private 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization and Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grantees not funded for the 2021-2022 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:

  • have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results via an external evaluation, data entered into the state reporting system PARS21, or the federal reporting system 21APR; and
  • have at least four years’ experience operating an OST program; and
  • currently operate an afterschool or summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.

Additionally, the applicant agrees to serve at least 100 students in any of grades K through 12 who attend schools identified for comprehensive and targeted support under section ESSA 1111(d) or other schools determined by the local educational agency to need intervention and support. Afterschool programming must be offered. Before school and summer programming is optional.

This is a five month program. Up to six awards will be made on a regional basis. Applicants may apply for up to $166,666.

Based on the availability of state appropriations, this five-month grant program will begin April 1, 2022 and end on August 31, 2022.

Eligible Agencies: Private or Public Youth Serving Organizations

Approximate Number of Awards: 6
Grant Program Type: Competitive
Total Amt. Available: $1,000,000 Application Due Date: 2/17/2022

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