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Grants to USA Nonprofit Providers of Out-of-School Programs to Support
Middle School Students, Especially During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2022 Aim High Grant Program

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New York Life Foundation and Afterschool Alliance

Deadline Date:

02/01/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit providers of out-of-school programs to enhance programming for students in grades 6-8. Funding is intended to help programs provide academic, emotional, and social support to youth during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis and improve the transition from middle school to high school.

The New York Life Foundation created the Aim High grant program to support the ability of local community-based afterschool and summer learning programs to provide the foundational skills and guidance that middle school students need to be prepared for the critical transition into high school.

This competitive grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. Applicants can only apply for one of these grants:

  • One-Year Grants: This year, the 1-year grant opportunity focuses on supporting programs’ racial equity and social justice efforts, as the New York Life Foundation recognizes that society is living in a pivotal time when it is imperative to build on their ongoing commitment to support an equal and just society. For more information, see
  • Two-Year Grants: The two-year grant opportunity focuses on supporting programs in enhancing direct service activities, technical assistance, capacity building, and their efforts in continuing to serve youth while facing the challenges of the pandemic and beyond. For more information, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182832

Number of Grants:

Up to 40 grantees will be selected (20 2-year grants and 20 1-year grants).

Estimated Size of Grant:

2-year Grants:
- 10 grants at $50,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total 2-year grant award of $100,000. Only afterschool and summer programs with annual program budgets of $250,000 or more AND annual organizational budgets of $500,000 or more will be eligible to apply for these grants.
- 10 grants at $25,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total 2-year grant award of $50,000. Only organizations with annual organizational budgets of $250,000 or more will be eligible for these grants.

1-Year Grants: Twenty 1-year grants of $15,000 each will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

This competitive grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. One-year grants will begin in June 2022 and end in May 2023. Two-year grants will begin in June 2022 and end in May 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

These competitive grants are to support the work of organizations that provide out-of-school time (OST) programming. Programs offering in-person, virtual, or hybrid programming are eligible to apply. For the purposes of these grants, OST programs include expanded learning programs, afterschool programs (programs that operate on a regular and consistent basis after the regular school day ends during the school year), and summer learning programs.

Eligibility requirements:
- 501(c)(3) status. Applicants for this competitive grant program must have 501(c)(3) status. You will be required to verify your EIN as a part of the application.
- Middle school youth (6th, 7th, 8th 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 will be accepted from anywhere within the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Applicants from US Territories, such as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, are ineligible to apply.

Applicants that currently receive funding, either directly or indirectly, from the New York Life Foundation are ineligible to apply. This includes:
- National or regional organizations that receive New York Life Foundation funding directly.
- Local affiliate organizations or programs that receive any financial support from their national headquarters that originates from New York Life Foundation grants.
- Recipients of earlier rounds of Aim High grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: 5:00 PM EST, Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

Grant awards will be announced by the end of May 2022.

Each program will only be allowed to apply to one of these grant opportunities.

Webinar recording:

Watch the December 16, 2021 webinar:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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