We are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for youth and teens in Central MA. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded $4.5 Million over two years to provide supports to better serve kids from pre-k to grade 12 during after-school and summer. The goal is to help After School and Out of School Time (ASOST) programs rebound and strengthen quality of services from impacts of COVID-19 and thereby improve learning and social-emotional outcomes and access to enrichment opportunities for youth impacted as well.


Grants will be used to support project-based learning, enrichment activities and comprehensive student support services. Most grants will be between $5,000 and $50,000. Our United Ways serve 56 cities and towns in Central MA.


Grants will be made to 501c3 organizations and municipal governments. If your program doesn’t meet these criteria, we may be able to help in connecting with a fiscal agent. Please email theresa.lynn@unitedwaycm.org with questions about eligibility. We encourage programs/efforts to apply as we are seeking to offer diverse options for kids, youth and teens.


Reporting requirements will include number of kids served and demographic information as well as goals based on age and population served.


Office hours to learn more and ask questions will be held on June 3, 1 PM, June 6, 3:30 PM, June 7, 10 AM, and June 14, 12:00 noon over Zoom, with more opportunities as needed.  Attendance at these sessions is encouraged and not mandatory.  The Zoom link for all sessions: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8705216503


The RFP for the third round of grants is due June 21, 12 noon.  These funds will support efforts for the 2022-23 school year.  Funding will also be available for  Summer 2023. Programs that continue their work will be asked to re-apply.

The summer 2022 round of grants, awarded through a competitive review process, will support 28 programs for a total of $560,000. The United Way of Central MA was awarded $4.5 million in partnership with the United Ways of North Central and South Central to support kids in grades pre-k through 12 over the next two years.

Summer 2022 Grantees:

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Spring 2022 Grantees:

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ASOST Service Areas Include:

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Application Instructions:

ASOST Grant Instructions

RFP Sample Questions:

ASOST Questions