Summer Enrichment FAQ

  1. General Questions
  2. Innovation Grants
  3. Expansion Grants
  4. Budget
  5. College Corps

1. General Questions

Can we apply for both grants?

A program site may only apply for one grant.

Can for-profit camps apply?

No, for-profit camps may not apply.

How soon after the grants are awarded will funding be provided to camps?

Funding will be awarded after grantees have submitted necessary tax information to the State Department of Education, have successfully uploaded and received approval on their budget, and completed a funds withdrawal request. Note, this process can take several weeks. We strongly recommend programs elect to receive their funds via direct deposit in order to access them on a faster timeline.

Can the camps be virtual, or do they have to take place in person? Can there be a combination of both?

We will not be supporting virtual programming as part of this grant program.

Can this program support overnight camps, or just day camps?

We are only supporting day camps.

What is the source of the funds for this program?

This program is 100% funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

What is the definition of a ‘site’? Can an organization that is running two sites at the same location apply for two different grants?

No, we consider a site to be a building or address - two sites operating in the same building or at the same address cannot both apply.

Will preference be given to applicants that did not apply last year?

We are not granting points in the rubric to applicants who did not receive grant funding last year,  nor to applicants that did receive grant funding last year.

Is there a minimum number of weeks a camp needs to operate to be eligible?

There is no minimum, though camps that have longer durations will receive more points in their application.

 

2. Innovation Grants

What are the requirements to apply for an Innovation Grant?

Only programs that meet the below eligibility criteria may apply for an Innovation Award:

  • Program must serve a minimum of 150 individual students over the course of the summer;
  • Program must provide at least 80 hours of programming over the course of the summer program period (June 6, 2022 - September 2, 2022); and
  • Program must describe how it will serve the state’s goal of providing bold and innovative summer programming to Connecticut students.

If an Innovation Grant is submitted, and not selected, would it be considered for an Expansion Grant?

No, we recommend your program apply for the grant it feels is most appropriate, as it will only be considered once.

To be eligible for an Innovation Grant, does a single site have to serve 150 students or can an organization be eligible if it serves 150 students across the entire organization?

Each site applying for an Innovation Grant must serve a minimum of 150 students. 

 

3. Expansion Grants

Is there a minimum number of students that Expansion Grants must serve?

There is no minimum.

Is maintenance of last year's expansion (replicating the program) an acceptable use of Expansion Grant funds for this year, or do we need to expand beyond our programming of last year? Yes, maintenance of last year’s expansion is acceptable. So long as the previously-awarded program could not support an increased number of students above pre-pandemic levels without the grant, camps may maintain the same student numbers as last year.

What are the data collection requirements of this grant program and are camps obligated to collect and share it with the State Department of Education?

Summer enrichment 2022 is federally funded through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Connecticut’s approved ARP ESSER plan speaks to the establishment of a high-quality state-level evaluation system (i.e., the CT COVID-19 Education Research Collaborative or CCERC) to evaluate the impact of interventions including summer enrichment camps to re-engage students with schooling and accelerate learning through and beyond the pandemic. To that end, the CSDE will be requiring all camps to collect student-level data including name, date-of-birth, town of residence, fall grade, fall district/school, and camp attendance. By accepting Summer Enrichment Grant Program funding, camps agree to comply with this data-collection effort; it is not voluntary. As providers of publicly funded enrichment programs, camps are authorized by law to collect student-level data and share such data for the purpose of conducting an evaluation of the education program. Camps are also expected to protect the confidentiality of those data. Camps are strongly recommended to provide notice to families by the time of registration about the data collection and evaluation needs pursuant to the acceptance of public federal funding, and to reassure families that all data collected by the camp and shared with the state will be protected and kept confidential and used for evaluation purposes only.

Is there a limit on the number of sites that can apply under one organization?

No, there is no limit on the number of sites that can apply under a single organization.

 

4. Budget

In what budget category should we place fee waivers?

Please include fee waivers and scholarships in Budget Category 500.

Does covering the costs of transportation mean transportation for field trips or is it only transportation to and from camp?

Camps may use funding to cover any form of transportation necessary for camp programming, including field trips.

Can basic utilities like electricity be included in the budget for this grant program?

We are unlikely to support this, unless it clearly supports an increase in the number of students served.

Can we include indirect costs in our budget?

No, this grant does not support indirect costs.

What is the match requirement for municipal-run programs?

Municipal programs are required to provide a 1:1 match (or 50% of total program budget). In other words, if a program is seeking $25,000 from the 2022 Summer Enrichment Grant Program, the municipality must match that with $25,000 in other funding sources. Funding sources that are eligible for this 1:1 match requirement include municipal general funds that have been allocated to summer programs (including with ARPA funds), philanthropic grants, and in-kind contributions.

Can municipalities apply revenue generated from student fees/tuition as part of the 50% match requirement? 

Unfortunately, this is not an eligible revenue source for the match requirement.

Do municipalities have to obligate new funding towards summer programs in order to qualify for the match?

Not necessarily. If a municipality has already dedicated funding towards a 2022 summer program using general funds or another allowable source, we would accept those funds as an eligible match source.

Can municipalities use Special Revenue Accounts as a source of match-eligible funds?

We are not allowing camps to use student fees/tuition as part of the match. If those are what constitute a municipality’s special revenue account for the purpose of summer camps/programs, then unfortunately those cannot be applied towards the match requirement. If municipalities derive their special revenue accounts from other sources of funding, those sources may be considered as allowable.

Can we use our budget to cover the costs of renovation?

We are unlikely to support this.

 

5. College Corps

Does it have to be $15/hr for college corps? Can it be higher?

No, camps that take on College Corps students must commit to paying them $15/hour.

Will sites be able to request College Corps members again this year?

Yes, the State Department of Education is considering partnering with College Corps again this year. All programs that request College Corps students will need to include in the Budget and Budget Narrative sections $500 per College Corps student to cover training costs as well as a rate of $15/hour for each hour of employment by the College Corps student. In the event that your program is awarded fewer College Corps students than expected or none at all, you will have an opportunity to repurpose the funding towards a different allowable activity. Programs that can provide longer durations of employment (i.e. 30+ hours per week) to College Corps students will be prioritized at the time of placement.