New Jersey Department of Education

NJ Afterschool Summer Program-Competitive

Division: Student Services 

Office:  Student Support Services

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It is the intent of the New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program to expand existing afterschool and summer programs or create new out of school (OST) programs that offer high-quality, engaging activities to youth throughout New Jersey. It is expected that these programs will: increase students’ career and college readiness and increase positive student behavior while engaging parents. Grantees must enhance educational experiences for students between the ages of five and 18 years old by providing targeted activities in at least one of following areas: academic support; intervention and/or enrichment in any subject area; career exploration; or community service.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) has established a sixteen-month grant program. This limited-competitive grant program is open to any national or statewide public or private 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization and Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grantees not funded for the 2020-2021 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:

  • have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results via an external evaluation, data entered into the state reporting system PARS21, or the federal reporting system 21APR; and
  • have at least four years of experience operating an OST program; and
  • currently operate an afterschool or summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.

Applicants may apply for up to $250,000.

Based on the availability of FY21 state appropriated funds, this first year of the one year grant program will begin May 1, 2021 and will end on August 31, 2022


Eligible Agencies: Statewide Public or Private Youth Serving Organizations

Approximate Number of Awards: 4

Grant Program Type: Competitive

Total Amt. Available: $1,000,000 

Application Due Date: 3/2/2021

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