The North Brookfield Youth Center in partnership with the North Brookfield Public Schools has been very fortunate to have received nearly two million dollars in grant monies over the last seventeen years which has allowed us to provide free, quality after-school and summer programs for the children of North Brookfield. Our current grantors are:
-21st Century Community Learning Centers Quality Grant- $50,000
The purpose of the federally funded 21st CCLC grant is to support the implementation of additional learning time through out-of-school time (OST) programming and/or through an expanded day referred to as Expanded Learning Time or ELT. Programming is designed to help close proficiency/opportunity gaps, increase student engagement, support social and emotional learning, and promote college and career readiness and success.
*Additional learning time, for the purposes of Massachusetts 21st CCLC grants, is generally defined as follows:
- Out-of-School-Time (OST) — structured programming held outside of the regular school day, week and/or year for a targeted group of students.
- Expanded Learning Time (ELT) — adding time to the required school day, week and/or year for all students enrolled (the ability to support ELT programming through 21st CCLC funding was added a result of ESEA approved flexibility and the newly authorized ESSA).
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for up to three years. Grantees meeting all requirements may apply yearly for continuation funds until the three grant cycle is completed. Carryover of funds is not allowed (an entity must return all funds that are unexpended at the end of each program year, and cannot request any portion of those unexpended funds in the following year).
Grantees in their final year of funding are eligible to apply, though a competitive process, for an Exemplary Programs grant, generally at 85% of their current grant award. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to continue to operate at the same or increased programming levels.
The goal of the Exemplary Programs grant is to expand and enhance a statewide network of high quality 21st CCLC programs that serve as resources and mentors.
-Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time Grant- $20,000
The Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program is designed to enhance comprehensive and effective after-school and out-of-school time programming for students in grades K-12. Grants support children's and youth's academic, social, and emotional development outside of the regular school day, for public and non-public school-age students during the school year and over the summer months. Priorities for programs include:
- Supporting strong and innovative enhancements to programming using the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and Early Education and Care (EEC) recommended Guidelines for Quality Enhancements in After-School and Out-of-School Time programs and
- Addressing barriers to student participation.
- Expanding/enhancing quality summer programming to ensure a continuum of programs and services to help to stem summer learning loss.
-Greater Worcester Community Foundation Community Grant- $10,000
OVERVIEW: Greater Worcester Community Foundation awards Community Grants to support nonprofit organizations that build healthy and vibrant communities in Central Massachusetts. Community Grants are made possible by donors who have set up endowment funds with us for this purpose. The typical grant ranges is $5,000 to $25,000.