After-School Program Grants Currently Available

Here are this week’s highlighted foundations and grants. This week’s focus? After-school program grants! 

Please note: this post is part of the MPS Grants archives. Funding opportunities are consistently changing. Please visit the links for the most current information about these grants and their deadlines or feel free to contact us with any questions. We wish you the best of luck finding funding for your project!
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1) Charles Lafitte Foundation 
  • The Charles Lafitte Foundation's mission is to support nonprofit organizations throughout the country as they develop innovative and effective approaches to helping people help themselves and others achieve healthy, satisfying, and enriched lives.
  • The Foundation supports the program areas of education, children's advocacy, medical research and initiatives, and the arts. 
  • In regards to children's advocacy, the Foundation works to help children reach their fullest potential through the provision of sufficient education, healthcare, shelter, and care. Support is provided to programs with a focus on issues such as child abuse, foster housing, literacy, after-school programs, and hunger projects.
  • The Foundation prefers underwriting specific projects with distinct goals, as well as target grants that will have a notable impact and make a material difference. 
  • To apply, all eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits must complete an online application. Please note, the Foundation does not support political organizations or religious-based programs.
  • Grants awarded range from $1,000 - $175,000. 
  • Deadline: None
2) The Foundation for Global Sports Development
  • The Foundation for Global Sports Development's mission is to be a leader in the sports community. The Foundation strives to achieve this goal by delivering and supporting initiatives that promote fair play, education, and the physical and developmental benefits of sports for youth around the world.
  • The Foundation gives special emphasis to groups and communities that are most in need or underserved by current programs, including youth in areas where the risk of delinquency is particularly high. 
  • The Foundation provides grants to:
    • nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that provide educational enrichment and youth sports programs or activities. 
    • international organizations that fight against social injustice for the most vulnerable youth. Additionally, organizations who implement sports and educational development programs that create long-lasting and sustainable change for youth around the world.
  • Interested applicants must submit an eligibility form prior to applying. In order to be eligible, organizations must provide structured sports activities for elementary school to high school-aged youth and have an educational component to their program, as well as hold 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Once an applicant has been deemed eligible, they will need to complete an online application.
  • Awarded amounts are not specificied. 
  • Deadline: None for eligibility forms. Spring and fall round deadlines will be emailed out each year. 

3) Justin J. Watt Foundation

  • The Justin J. Watt Foundation is dedicated to providing after-school opportunities for middle school-aged children throughout the U.S. to become involved in athletics. The goal in providing this opportunity is to help these children learn accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance in a safe and supervised environment with their peers. 
  • Grants are provided to schools that have:
    • a planned/established after-school sports program for kids in 6th – 8th grades
    • over 60% of students eligible for the Free/Reduced Lunch program.
    • outdated, worn-out uniforms and vital equipment that will be reused year after year and need to be replaced
    • a secure place to store uniforms and equipment. 
    • staff, transportation, and space for the after-school program
  • Eligible applicants must complete an online application.
  • Awarded amounts are not specified. 
  • Deadline: The 15th of each month.
4) Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation
  • The mission of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation is to assist youth so that no child is limited or prevented from attaining their lifetime goal or dream due to financial circumstances. 
  • The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that work to make the dreams and ultimate potential of inner city youth become a reality.
    Examples of supported programs include:
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
    • after-school programs
    • school computer labs
    • educational scholarships
  • Eligible applicants will need to complete an online application.
  • Awarded grants range from $2,500 - $60,000. 
  • Deadline: None 

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