Summer Grant Program

Vermont Afterschool is proud to work with Governor Phil Scott’s office, Senator Bernie Sanders’ office, and the Vermont Agency of Education to establish the Summer Matters for All Grant Program. Over $3 million will be awarded to programs across Vermont to expand access to summer enrichment opportunities for K-12 youth this summer. Read the Governor’s press release on the grants here.

As we emerge from the pandemic, Summer 2021 is an important time for Vermont’s youth to re-engage, connect, learn and heal; meet the immediate needs of families; and inform efforts to provide universal afterschool in the future.

2021 Grant Recipients

We are excited to announce that 93 projects across 13 counties have been selected to receive funding for Summer 2021. This was a highly competitive process with 188 proposals submitting $7,427,584 in requests, which far exceeded available funds. Each proposal was peer-reviewed by three people. Reviewers represented national organizations, 12 states and the District of Columbia, with expertise and experience in: afterschool and summer learning; youth development; diversity, equity and inclusion; health; childcare; grants and grant making; higher education; K-12 education; community schools; and profit and non-profit organizations.


Grant Information

The application period has closed.

Summer Matters for All RFP 2021 (download PDF version)

  • Applications Due: May 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
  • Award Notifications: May 26, 2021
  • Award Period: June 14, 2021-September 15, 2021

Grant Purpose:

  • Creation of new summer learning programs in areas where few or no services currently exist;
  • Expansion of existing summer learning programs in order to increase affordability for K-12 children and youth through a variety of strategies;
  • Increased access to summer programs for children and youth with disabilities and other traditionally marginalized populations;
  • Elimination of barriers to summer program access based on geography, socio-economic factors, demographics.

Funding Available & Grant Awards:

  • At least $1.5 million in available funds
  • Grant award range: $20,000-$75,000
  • Funds will be distributed through a reimbursement process

Funding Priorities:

  • Expanding access to programs by addressing affordability for K-12 children and youth and their families.
  • Expanding programming in parts of the state where few or no options are currently available.
  • Expanding access by increasing program slots for children and youth.
  • Expanding access by increasing weeks, days, hours of summer programming.
  • Ensuring that underserved populations (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, ELL, New Americans/Refugees, Migrant, and Homeless Youth) are well-represented in the mix of children/youth participating in programs.
  • Providing additional resources so that students with disabilities and/or special needs are able to fully participate in programs.


Non-profit organizations; municipalities; licensed/regulated providers of school-age childcare; and privately or publicly owned summer camp programs can apply.

Note: both public schools and districts, as well as independent schools, are not eligible.

Public schools and districts interested in funding summer programming may use their ESSER I, II or III funds to support these activities, including through contracts with other organizations. Please contact Josh Souliere at the Agency of Education with questions regarding ESSER funds.

If an independent school is eligible for the GEER EANS program, they may partner with the Agency of Education to help with summer programming costs. Questions regarding the use of GEER EANS funds should be directed to

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