After School Grants

The American Savings Foundation invests in programs that support the needs of children, youth and families.  This includes support for high-quality after school programs, primarily in New Britain, with a secondary focus in Waterbury.  
High-quality means proven after school program models that support student learning and result in better academic outcomes, while increasing youth engagement in their schools and community.  In both New Britain and Waterbury, we strongly encourage the agencies we fund to be active participants in their local city-wide network.

What We Fund

What We Fund

The Foundation believes that all youth deserve the opportunity to attend high-quality after-school programs that incorporate best practice standards and provide children with experiences that are challenging, nurturing, and fun.   We use the term “after school” to include programs that operate during the hours of 3pm to 6pm during the school year.  Programs may take place in school buildings, or any community-based facility. 

Best-Practice elements include:

  • typically operate 3-5 days a week
  • recording program attendance to show that youth participate on a consistent basis   
  • youth development opportunities that include hands-on project-based learning
  • daily homework help 
  • enrichment activities that focus on skills building (executive functions, literacy and numeracy), such as theater arts, STEM, and recreation activities

High-quality elements include: 

  • broad outreach to get and keep youth involved and engaged a regular basis, including youth who are most at-risk or have the greatest need
  • developmentally age-appropriate and culturally relevant to the youth being served
  • clear and defined outcomes for youth
  • methods to measure program implementation and progress

For other programs that follow the school year but do not meet the after-school program guideline criteria (such as in-school day and Saturday programs), use our program grant proposal guidelines. Proposals for programs that follow the school year are due April 9, 2020.

The deadline for any summer youth programs is January 16, 2020. Use the program grant proposal guidelines.

In order to apply: 

  • Organization must be tax exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3).

With very few exceptions, we do not fund:

  • General operating support or unrestricted grants
  • Primary or secondary schools -- public, private independent, or parochial -- or colleges and universities
  • Funding to replace municipal, state or federal funding 

If your request is for any of the above purposes, we strongly encourage you call the Foundation before submitting a proposal.

Ineligible for funding:

  • Political advocacy and lobbying
  • Religious institutions, except for non-sectarian activities that benefit the community at-large
  • Individuals
  • Annual campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Travel (e.g. sports teams, field trips).
  • Event sponsorships (e.g. golf, galas)
  • Private Foundations

Grants will not be made for capital improvements, such as space renovations, or for purchasing computers.  Some funds may be used for program supplies, including educational software, art materials, and the like. 

Also, because the Foundation operates a large college scholarship program (see the Robert T. Kenney Scholarship Program) it does not provide funding for scholarship programs operated by schools or other nonprofit organizations.


2020 Deadline

April 9

After School Grants are only considered one time per year in the spring. This is designed to give organizations time to plan ahead for the following school year.

Proposals must be postmarked or hand-delivered by the deadline. No email proposals will be accepted.

American Savings Foundation
185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051

After School Guidelines

Proposals must follow our After School proposal narrative guidelines, which may be downloaded as a Word document template (below).  Proposals should be no more than 10 pages, not including attachments. Use 12 point Times Roman font with half inch margins at each side, and with pages numbered. Submit ONE, unbound and unstapled proposal along with attachments.

Confidentiality: The American Savings Foundation does not consider proposals to constitute confidential information.   We may discuss organizations or proposals with other funders, individuals identified within the proposal, outside experts, and other appropriate people in the community.  Information you consider to be confidential or proprietary should not be included.

Proposals submitted that do not follow our format and guidelines below, or lack required information, will not be reviewed. You will receive email confirmation acknowledging receipt of the proposal.

Mail or hand-deliver only.  Email submissions will not be accepted.

American Savings Foundation
185 Main Street
New Britain, CT 06051




After School Resources

American Savings Foundation offers a number of resources to help you with your after school program. If you're looking to get your after school program funded, please reference these self-assessment tools in addition to the Foundation's city-wide networks and funding information.

See After School Resources

Have questions?

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