Community Coalition Mini-grant RFP Now Open

The Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance (KYOSA) will fund mini-grants to help support community coalitions in their efforts around literacy and health and wellness initiatives in out-of-school time (OST) settings. OST settings are places where children and youth spend their time before and after school, during school breaks, and over the summer. Coalition activities will vary in each community, based on local needs, but will have a clear focus on improving children’s literacy and health. Examples of project activities could include leading local awareness campaigns, holding community events to commemorate Lights On Afterschool, increasing accessibility to high-quality books and physical activity equipment for OST programs, organizing community book exchanges, and hosting health and fitness events for families.

The overarching project goals of this funding opportunity are to

  • build support among diverse stakeholders committed to increasing access and opportunities to quality OST programming in local communities;
  • enhance current OST programming through professional development and resource distribution; and
  • raise local awareness about the importance of OST programs and engage residents in advocacy efforts at the local and state level.

Projects for this mini-grant will range from $5,000–$10,000 over a one-year grant period (January 1, 2018–December 31, 2018).  Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm EST on December 1st, 2017 with notification by December 15th, 2017.   For more details and application instructions, please download the KYOSA Mini-grant Guidelines and RFP.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must be a member of the KYOSA network to be considered for funding. Click here to join the network for free.

Interested parties should plan to participate in a TA webinar on October 27th at 1:00 pm EST.  Information to join the webinar can be found below:

UPDATE 10.28.17: You may view a recording of the TA call here.

UPDATE 11.13.17: What’s the difference between a coalition and an advisory council?  A coalition is an alliance or partnership of individuals or organizations that come together for a common purpose or to achieve a specific goal.  Unlike an advisory council, a coalition is not a governing structure.  For the purpose of this project, a coalition will likely have broader representation of various organizations and/or community members than a typical advisory council might.

UPDATE 12.1.17: The application window is now closed. Applications received after 5:00 EST will not be eligible.