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2023 Aim High Grant Program

New York Life Foundation and Afterschool Alliance

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #182832

Grant Description

Grants to USA nonprofit providers of out-of-school programs to enhance extracurricular programming for students in grades 6-8. Funding is intended to support efforts to foster youth well-being in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, promote racial and social justice, and support the transition from middle school to high school. Applicants must serve a high percentage of low-income youth.

On behalf of the New York Life Foundation, the Afterschool Alliance 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.

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.

One-Year Grants:

The New York Life Foundation recognizes that we are living in a pivotal time when it is imperative to build on their legacy of support for marginalized communities and communities of color as part of their ongoing commitment to support an equitable and just society. Understanding the unique role that afterschool and summer learning programs can play in addressing equity, ten of the 1-year grants are once again dedicated to supporting programs in their efforts around advancing racial equity and social justice.

The New York Life Foundation also recognizes the crisis the nation faces around youth mental and emotional well-being which has been intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to enhance programs’ abilities to respond to the holistic needs of the youth that they serve, ten of this year’s 1-year grants will go towards programs’ efforts to support youth well-being.

Applicants for all 1-year grants will further be required to describe how they support middle school youth in the transition to high school. 

For Use of Funds for One-Year Grants, 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 Use of Funds for Two-Year Grants, see

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).

One-Year Grants:
Organizations with annual organizational budgets of $150,000 or more will be eligible for these grants.

Two-Year Grants:
- 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.
- 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.


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.
- Schools (public and private) and school districts are ineligible to apply.
- Colleges and universities are ineligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The RFP is due Wednesday, February 1st, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Grant awards will be announced by the beginning of June 2023.

Applicants will need to retake the eligibility questionnaire before they can select and apply for any of this year's Aim High grants.

Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

20 One-Year Grants; 20 Two-Year Grants: 10 grants of $50,000/year, 10 grants of $25,000/year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

One-year grants: $15,000
Two-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.
- 10 grants at $25,000 per year over the span of two years, for a total 2-year grant award of $50,000.

Term of Contract:

This competitive grant program includes both one- and two-year grant opportunities. One-year grants will begin in June 2023 and end in May 2024. Two-year grants will begin in June 2023 and end in May 2025.

Contact Information:

For additional information, contact the Afterschool Alliance:

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