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. The two-year grants will begin in May 2017 and end in May 2019.
Organizations’ budget size determines whether you can apply for a $100,000 or $50,000 grant.
-4 grants of $100,000 over two years will be awarded to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater
-4 grants of $50,000 over two years will be awarded to organizations with annual budgets between $250,000 and $500,000
Organizations with budgets smaller than $250,000 are not eligible to apply.

A $15,000 grant is open to organizations with budgets of $150,000 or greater.
Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Applicants that are awarded two-year grants will be required to describe how they support youth in the transition to the 9th grade, specifically around indicators of success such as on-time promotion to the 9th grade; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; and the development of social and emotional skills.
All questions are required unless otherwise noted. Applications that are incomplete when the RFP closes will 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 $250,000 in order to be eligible for the 2-year grant opportunities.
Questions? Contact Dan Gilbert at the Afterschool Alliance: