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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits to Mitigate the Negative
Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Educational Programs

Afterschool and Out-of-School Time Rebound (ASOST-R) Subgrant

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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11/30/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for extracurricular educational programs that benefit local students. The purpose of the program is to strengthen out-of-school and afterschool time programs that were impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The overall goal of the grant is to help after-school and out-of-school time (ASOST) programs rebound and strengthen the quality of services from impacts of COVID-19 and thereby improve learning and social-emotional outcomes and access to enrichment opportunities for youth impacted as well.


  • For regional or statewide grantees to provide ongoing support, training, technical assistance, coaching, professional development, evaluation, fiscal management and oversight to ASOST subgrantee programs.
  • For regional or statewide grantees to make subgrant awards to ASOST programs that meet the following criteria:
    • Programs that are operated by community-based organizations (CBOs); however, districts may be eligible if need is demonstrated that other funding available (particularly Fund Code 119 ARP-ESSER awarded directly to districts) is insufficient or being utilized for other initiatives (APR-ESSER is the American Rescue Plan Act: Elementary and Secondary Education Emergency Relief III);
    • Programs in communities or where at least 25% of students served are considered economically disadvantaged and/or are in schools in chronically underperforming status;
    • Programs that specifically aim to support historically marginalized students, including but not limited to, English learners, students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), students experiencing homelessness, in foster care and/or who are migratory;
    • Programs that offer engaging and interactive programming that support deeper learning and access to enrichment opportunities;
    • Programs that offer mental health services and a focus on social and emotional learning outcomes;
    • Programs that incorporate applicable elements of the Department's Acceleration Roadmap;
    • Programs that promote culturally responsive and anti-racist practices that contribute to creating a welcoming environment;
    • Programs that engage and leverage knowledge and strengths of students, families, staff and community to inform programming design and decisions;
    • Programs that offer comprehensive programming at least 3–5 days a week; and
    • Programs that have or want to strengthen partnerships with local schools and/or other community-based organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199564

Term of Contract:

Project Duration: Upon Approval – 08/31/2022 (Year 1) nd pending budget appropriation, continuation of funding will be available for Upon Approval (no earlier than 09/01/2022)–8/31/2023 (Year 2) and Upon Approval (no earlier than 09/01/2023)–8/31/2024 (Year 3). Eligibility for funding in years 2 and 3 is based on meeting grant requirements and submission of year-end report and continuation grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts based non-profit organizations. Applicants must demonstrate substantial experience working with and providing training and technical assistance to ASOST programs as well as demonstrate they are able to meet all federal funding requirements and fiscally manage a high volume of subgrants.

Please Note: All applicants other than public school districts, cities or towns must demonstrate the capacity to administer grant funding through:
- Proven fiscal responsibility as demonstrated through an annual audit; and
- Previous experience with funding from government (state/federal/local), foundation, or private grants.

Indirect and equipment costs are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Date Due: Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

Allison Smith
(781) 338-3232

Massachusetts Department
of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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Fund Code: 409

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