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 March 16 at 5 PM, March 22 at 1 PM and March 25 at 11:30 AM 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 second round of grants is due March 30, 5 PM; the application will be available on Monday, March 7.  These funds will support efforts for Summer 2022.  Funding will also be available for the 2022-2023 school year and Summer 2023. Programs that continue their work will be asked to re-apply.

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