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 that include team and confidence building

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 criteria (such as in-school day and Saturday programs), use our program grant application. Applications for programs that follow the school year are due April 25, 2024.

The deadline for any summer youth programs is January 25, 2024. Use the program grant application.

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. 

The Foundation operates a large college scholarship program (see Scholarships) and and it does not provide funding for scholarship programs operated by schools or other nonprofit organizations.


2024 Deadline

April 25, 2024

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.

After School Application

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

Call Maria Sanchez, Director of Grantmaking and Community Investment, at 860-612-3375 directly to discuss the submission of an After School Grant.

Apply Here Online Portal Tutorial Download  Budget Format

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?

American Savings Foundation strives to be accessible to anyone seeking information about grants, scholarships, or with general questions. Contact us today to get the assistance you need.

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