The Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network (GSAN) is proud to partner with the Georgia Department of Education to administer $85 million for afterschool and summer learning in Georgia. Funding for the Building Opportunities in Out-of-School Time (BOOST) grants program has been made available through the American Rescue Plan that was signed into law by President Biden in March of 2021.
The BOOST grants program will offer three-year grants, renewed annually, to community-based organizations that operate comprehensive out-of-school time (OST) programming year-round, over the summer months, or after school during the academic year. The goal is to provide evidence-based afterschool and summer enrichment programming that support students in learning skills and concepts and provide whole child supports, thus removing non-academic barriers to learning for students most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will support students’ learning, connectedness and well-being, utilizing a whole child approach. The purpose of these grants is to:
- Expand access to serve more youth, with an emphasis on students and communities most impacted by the pandemic,
- Reduce barriers, such as transportation and enrollment costs, to ensure access for all, and/or
- Increase programmatic quality and expand or enhance supports and services offered.
The BOOST grants program will prioritize:
- Programs that serve youth with disabilities, youth experiencing homelessness, youth in foster care, English language learners, youth receiving free or reduced-price lunch, and migratory youth
- Programs that have operated summer and/or afterschool programming in the past three years
- Sites located in communities with no current programs receiving government funds through 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program or the Afterschool Care Program (list of counties)
- Programs offering programming 5 days a week
- Tuesday, July 27: The Georgia Department of Education and GSAN announce the BOOST Grants Program and RFP is released. Statewide Organizations are invited to submit Letters of Intent (LOI).
- Tuesday, August 3: LOIs from Statewide Organizations are due (LOIs are not required from community-based organizations).
- Wednesday, August 4: Statewide Organizations are notified of the status of their LOIs.
- Thursday, August 5: The BOOST application opens. Applications must be completed online here.
- Monday, August 9: Optional applicant workshop at 11:00 am. Register here.
- Tuesday, August 10: Submit questions by noon, for posted answers by noon on 8/11/21.
- Wednesday, August 11: FAQ updated by noon. Applicant Workshop recording posted on GSAN’s website.
- Thursday, August 19: Application deadline at 11:59 p.m.
- Friday, October 1: GSAN notifies all applicants of the status of their request.
- By Friday, October 15: Georgia Board of Education sends grantees official Grant Award Notification and agreements/contracts.
Two types of grants will be administered:
- Organizations with Statewide Reach and Impact – Grants will be awarded to entities with a demonstrated track record of success, that operate year-round programming and will serve at least 2,000 youth annually across at least 15 counties.
- Community-Based Organizations – Grants will be awarded to community-based organizations operating afterschool and/or summer learning programs.
BOOST Applicant Workshop Recording (New Content)
Applicant Workshop Slides (New Content)