Summer Enrichment

In light of the unprecedented challenges faced by Connecticut children over the last two school years—including academic learning loss, social isolation, and more—the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2022 Summer Enrichment Grant Program. The program will deploy $8 million into communities, helping organizations deliver high-quality and accessible summer enrichment opportunities to children across Connecticut. We encourage summer programs, camps, and child care centers to use this funding to build on their previous summer learning efforts and leverage the state’s investment to serve as many students as possible.

Summer Enrichment Grants

The 2022 Summer Enrichment Program will provide up to $250,000 in funds to eligible programs, with a priority for programs in towns and communities that were most disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Camps may either apply for an Expansion Grant (up to $75,000 in funding) or for an Innovation Grant (between $75,000 and $250,000 in funding). Camps can use the funds for expanding the number of students served, adding additional support services and/or activities, and subsidizing enrollment costs by providing scholarships for families from low-income backgrounds.

In early March, Governor Lamont released an independent evaluation of the 2021 Summer Enrichment Grant Program, which found the initiative to have successfully helped reengage thousands of students in time for the return of in-person learning in the fall, following the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during the previous school year. In this program, more than 108,000 students were served by 235 grant recipients. While more than 98 percent of students have learned in person during the 2021-22 school year, the effects of the pandemic continue to be felt by many students and families across the state. Recognizing this, the program will provide an outlet for students to continue to nurture their academic and social-emotional development and be prepared to start the 2022-23 school year on the right foot.

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