Aim High RFP: Overview

On behalf of the New York Life Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance invites out-of-school time programs to apply for a new competitive grant opportunity to help middle school students make a successful transition from 8th to 9th grade. Aim High grants include one- and two-year grant opportunities. Applicants can only apply for one of these grants. One-year grants will begin in May 2017 and end in May 2018.

10 one-year grants available at $15,000 per grant. These grant funds may be used for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion, but, unlike the two-year grants, the one-year grants are specifically intended to support programs that are employing innovative, novel, and/or scalable approaches to engaging the family and parents of youth. Applicants for the one-year grants will be required to describe how they support youth in the transition to the 9th grade, with a specific focus on how their programs are developing or scaling up efforts to engage the parents and/or families of youth. Organizations with annual budgets of $150,000 or greater will be eligible for these grants.
All questions are required unless otherwise noted. Applications that are incomplete when the RFP closes may be deemed ineligible.
All of your responses to this application must be completed in one sitting. We strongly encourage you to download the Application and draft your response before beginning. Application .pdf can be found at: 
ELIGIBILITY: The following conditions must be met for an organization to be eligible for this funding opportunity:

-501(c)3 status. Applicants for this competitive grant program must have 501(c)3 status.

-Middle school youth (6,7,8 graders) served. This competitive grant program is targeted to programs serving middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Organizations applying for funding may serve students outside of this grade range but grant funds are specifically for middle school youth.

-High percentage of low-income youth served. Applicants for this competitive grant program must serve a high percentage—at least 75 percent—of low-income youth. For the purposes of this grant program, low-income is defined as students who qualify for the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program (FRPL).

-Applicants that currently receive funding, either directly or indirectly, from the New York Life Foundation are ineligible to apply. This includes both 1) national or regional organizations that receive New York Life Foundation funding directly, and 2) local affiliate organizations or programs that receive any financial support from their national headquarters that originates from New York Life Foundation grants.

-Your organization's annual budget must be at least $150,000 in order to be eligible for the 1-year grant opportunities.

Please direct additional inquries to Dan Gilbert at the Afterschool Alliance: