Public Act 101-0637 appropriated $20 million for FY 2021 in General Revenue funds to provide the After School Programs Grant to school districts and community organizations for after-school programming, as well as other programming outside of the normal school day.
The After School Programs Grant is a two-part initiative. School district grant allocations total $17 million out of the $20 million appropriated. Another $3 million is competitive grant allocations for non-school district applicants.
The purpose of the funding is to:
- Improve academic outcomes for students.
- Provide opportunities for enrichment activities in a safe and healthy environment.
- Provide opportunities to strengthen public, private, and philanthropic partnerships so that quality support services are more durable for students facing the greatest challenges.
The After School Programs Grant was previously named the Healthy Community Investment Grant.