Funding Opportunities for Providers

Updated Funding Database for Out-of-School Time Providers

The Afterschool Alliance has updated its funding database for out-of-school time (OST) program providers. The opportunities can be filtered by state, grade level, program areas, and funding type (private versus government)!


COVID-19

Updates about American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding

The City of Chicago continues to update the community about ARPA grant opportunities and open Requests for Proposals. Email the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Community Engagement to be added to their email list.


General Funding Opportunities

The New York Life Foundation Offers Grants of up to $100,000 for OST Programs

The New York Life Foundation invites out-of-school time programs to apply for a competitive grant opportunity to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help prepare middle school students for success in high school, college, and life. Applications are due February 1, 2024.

Illinois Department of Health Grant for Adolescent Suicide Prevention

The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) will be awarding one organization a grant of $312,000 to support the prevention of adolescent suicide in the state. This is a federally funded grant that aims to develop and train staff in education, child welfare, and juvenile justice to help young people who may be at risk of harm. Applications are due by February 2, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. CST., with the announcement of the grant award expected in March 2024.

All Kids Play Youth Sports Grants


All Kids Play provides funding to families and communities to pay for youth sports. Grants are available to qualifying families with kids in grades kindergarten to 12 and not-for-profit community-based recreational sports organizations in underserved areas. This is an ongoing funding opportunity.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Grant Program

The Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Grant Program provides Pre K-12 school districts and institutions with competitive grants to incorporate PLTW curricula into educators’ plans. PLTW focuses on creating transformative learning experiences for students so that they are able to develop in-demand knowledge and skill sets.

One-by-One Grant

4Imprint is offering $500 in promotional products every business day to organizations in order to recruit volunteers, thank donors, offer comfort to someone in need or, in some other way, turn the grant into something much more. The deadline to apply is ongoing.

STEMfinity Grant Archive

STEMfinity is a one-stop-STEM-shop that includes a state-specific STEM grant archive. Click here to access STEM grant opportunities in Illinois.

After School Advantage Program

The After School Advantage program is IGT’s flagship community initiative, devoted to providing young people with access to technology in a safe, nurturing afterschool environment, while promoting opportunities in digital learning centers in communities where the Company operates. Proposals are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For more information, click here.

BOOST Cafe 

BOOST Cafe’s funding archive includes grants, scholarships, awards, and contests. Each opportunity is sorted by category, amount, grade level, and the deadline to apply.


Youth Development, Programming, & Activities

Federal Surplus Property

Out-of-school time programs are eligible to receive Federal Surplus Property at a very low cost. Federal Surplus Property includes electronics, instruments, office furniture, kitchen supplies, lawn and garden supplies, heavy equipment, tools and more. Property is available in the program’s warehouse in Springfield, as well as from around the country. 

NextWaveSTEM: Equity STEM Grant

 In partnership with Chicagoland corporations, NextWave STEM is soliciting applications for its new “Equity in Education” grant for pilot programs. Pilot programs allow schools and afterschool providers to integrate STEM programming in robotics, 3D technology, drones and coding, and artificial intelligence at a fraction of the price.

NextWaveSTEM Grants

NextWaveSTEM is offering grants to bring its hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs to more Illinois youth than ever. These grants will support 50 schools in accessing NextWaveSTEM programs through curriculum, teacher training, and equipment to start STEM in-school or afterschool programs. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. To learn more, click here.

Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund: Request for Proposals Open

Chicago Racial Justice Pooled Fund (the Fund) is soliciting Request for Proposals (RFPs) from Chicago-based organizations that work to support and empower the social, economic and political goals of Black, Indigenous, and Brown communities. The Fund is comprised of thirteen foundations that aim to raise and move $3 million to organizations building and sustaining movements for justice that center Black lives and address anti-Blackness. To submit an RFP and to learn more, click here.


Safety, Health, & Nutrition

Healthier Kids For Our Future Mental Health Grant


The goal of the Cigna Foundation is to supplement existing mental health programming and help close gaps both within and outside the school environment to address loneliness, anxiety, and depression. They fund programs that foster collaboration between stakeholders to address mental health and emotional well-being challenges for children. This grant opportunity is ongoing. 

Children’s Obesity Fund

The Children’s Obesity Fund seeks to educate parents and children about the rising obesity rates in America, reverse the statistics and dangerous trends, and help prevent the next generation from continuing down this alarmingly unhealthy road. The fund would like to support non-profit organizations who share the goal of eliminating the epidemic of childhood obesity. The deadline to apply

Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is accepting applications for funds that can be used to conduct programs in schools focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials. The deadline to apply is ongoing. To learn more, click here.

Breakfast After the Bell | Rise & Shine Illinois (riseandshineillinois.org)

Rise and Shine Illinois will award up to $5,000 per school to support and enhance initiatives facilitating Breakfast After the Bell delivery models. Grants are to be used to purchase approved equipment, materials, and supplies.


Family and Community Partnerships