The American Rescue Plan (ARP) 2021 authorizes states to use 1% of their total ARP allocation ( $15.4 million) for comprehensive out-of-school time programs. Comprehensive OST programs will use Evidence-based Improvement Strategies (EBIS) designed to address learning loss and social, emotional and academic needs of students most impacted by COVID-19.
Additionally, the Wisconsin Committee on Joint Finance allocated, through Motion 57, an additional $5 million for OST programs and expanded the eligibility for these funds to include community-based organizations.
Funds are to be allocated through a competitive grant process.
Grant Opportunity Overview Video - Coming soon!
Eligibility and Funding
Eligibility requirements and funding disbursement mandated through Motion 57, and the provision of the additional $5 million requires a multi-level award process. All eligible applicants will apply via one competition process.
Funding will be awarded as follows for Eligible Applicants:
|Round One||Round Two (if funds remain from Round 1)||Round Three|
|Wisconsin LEAs eligible for Sparsity Aid under Wis Stat 115.436||All Wisconsin Public School LEAs and Independent Charter Schools||
Wisconsin LEAs (including independent charter schools)
Community Based Organizations
Applicants may choose the amount of funding, from the available tiers, necessary to implement their action plan. The funding tiers are based upon student enrollment, or in the case of CBOs number of students to be served. Each tier provides a minimum and a maximum amount of funding. Applicants will need to demonstrate, through their application, that the amount of funding requested is reasonable and necessary and commensurate with their action plan.
December 1, 2022 - September 30, 2024
These are one time funds that must be expended by 9/30/24
|Application materials available||Coming soon!|
|Grant writing webinar||Coming soon!|
|Applications due||Coming soon!|
All applications must be submitted via the application portal by the due date and time noted above. Applications must be complete in order to be reviewed.
ESSER III OST grant FAQ - Coming soon!
Building and Using Evidence in Summer, Afterschool and other out-of-school time settings from the Institute of Education Sciences - This website provides information and tools that will be helpful to both completing your application and in implementing your program.
- Continuous Improvement
- Step 1. Identifying Needs and Assets
- Step 2. Selecting Interventions
- Step 3. Plan for Implementation
- Step 4. Implementation
- Step 5. Examine Program Outcomes and Use Evidence to Improve
- Use of Funds