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Advancing Afterschool

We seek to ensure that education serves as a pathway to opportunity by improving both access to and the quality of afterschool programs for students from low- and moderate-income families. Our grantmaking in this area aims to inform policies, strengthen partnerships, and foster quality and innovation in afterschool programming.


Policy and Partnerships

Our grantmaking seeks to provide support and enrichment for young people to learn and develop in school, as well as summer and afterschool programs. Central to this effort are sound policies and partnerships between school- and community-based organizations and other local, state, and national institutions.

This grantmaking builds on our long history of support for community schools, including our partnership with the U.S. Department of Education on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and other afterschool initiatives.  

We make grants:

  • to organizations and partners with expertise in community schools, early education and other complementary approaches; and 
  • to key groups that work on education and afterschool policy, research, and communications at the national level.

We do not fund the operation of individual afterschool programs.

Click here to view the 10 most recent grants for this program area.


Quality and Innovation

Our grantmaking seeks to advance research-based, sustainable, community-driven learning opportunities that support both academic achievement and positive youth development throughout the school day, as well as during the summer and afterschool hours, especially for underserved students. 

Funding is directed specifically at building capacity and developing infrastructure. We support research and evaluation, professional development, and dissemination of promising practices. We also support communications aimed at raising public awareness, generating demand for quality programs, and informing sound policy.

We make grants to:

  • national groups that provide technical assistance and/or that regrant funds to state and local groups to support state-wide afterschool networks; and
  • organizations and partners with expertise in innovative and research-based practices, including: digital media and learning; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); music and the arts; and service learning.

Click here to view the 10 most recent grants for this program area.


Anyone interested in applying for funding is strongly encouraged to submit a letter of inquiry instead of a full proposal.