The CSDE recently announced the recipients of the Department’s summer grant programs – Enrichment and Innovation Grants – which will deploy over $8.6M into communities, helping organizations deliver high-quality and accessible summer enrichment opportunities to children across Connecticut. We encourage school districts to partner with local organizations, building on their summer learning efforts, to maximize funding and leverage the state’s investment to serve as many students as possible.
Additionally, we encourage districts through their communications offices, family liaison personnel, and building leaders to share this valuable information with families. They can search high-quality, community-based, and financially accessible summer enrichment programs by visiting: https://summerct.org/.
Innovation Grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 were awarded to 25 eligible applicants to deliver bold and innovative summer enrichment programming to Connecticut children at scale this summer. Grantees represent a diverse set of organizations, serving students in both rural and urban areas with a wide variety of innovative enrichment activities: sports and recreation, hands-on academic experiences, theater and poetry, mentorship, and much more. Many of these organizations have partnered with other local organizations to create bold new programs that are designed to meet the needs of students who have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These programs will be offered for free, or at very low cost, to over 56,000 students across the state.
Expansion Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 were awarded to 210 eligible applicants that will expand existing enrichment opportunities and increase access for children who might otherwise not have access to summer camp or programming. These grants are geared towards local organizations to either serve more children, subsidize enrollment costs, or both. Additionally, priority was given to providers that can quickly scale programming to serve more students and/or make their programming more financially accessible to students from low-income communities. Expansion Grant recipients will serve over 40,000 students in regions across the state.
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