Baltimore Out-of-School Time Funding 


Supporting out-of-school time programs for Baltimore youth.


Purpose of Funding

High quality Out-of-School Time (OST) programs have been shown to increase student attendance, social-emotional learning, and 21st century skills. Accordingly, Mayor Catherine Pugh and the Baltimore City Council are making available $1.75 million through a competitive RFP process to support community-based OST programs. 

Of this funding,  $250,000 is available through Video Lottery Terminal funds for programs serving youth in the Park Heights footprint which is located within the area of Park Circle to Northern Parkway and Greenspring to Wabash. The Park Heights Master Plan can be found here


Eligible Applicants

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements and:

  • Serve children and youth in Baltimore City
  • Agree to serve afterschool meals as part of the OST program
  • Provide proof of 501(c)(3) status
  • Provide proof that they are in Good Standing with the State of Maryland’s Department of Assessment and Taxation
  • Organizations requesting $50,000 or more in grant funds will need to provide a copy of their most recent certified audit



Grant Amounts

Grants awards will be made to students at the following rates:

  • Up to $2,000/student for programs serving Kindergarten – 8th grades
  • Up to $2,500/student for programs serving  9th-12th grades, Opportunity Youth, or Pre-K students

Programs requesting the maximum amount per student will need to operate at least 12 weeks, this includes programs serving multiple cohorts of students.

If your program plans to serve Pre-K students in addition to elementary students you will need to submit two separate budgets. 

Grant Term: The term of this grant will be October 2017 – June 2018


Disbursal of Funds: This funding is earned by:

  • Operating the number of days proposed
  • Maintaining an average daily attendance of 90% or higher for programs serving PreK - 8th grade  and 75% or higher for programs serving high school students or opportunity youth (ages 14-24)

Additionally, costs will be reconciled in the 4th quarter to ensure that programs have spent their money as proposed in the approved budget.

Funds will be disbursed on a quarterly basis. Programs will need to submit quarterly expense reports and attendance data in order to be paid.


Application Process & Review

Priority Areas for this grant include:

  • Programs that reduce violence
  • Programs located in or serving youth near Transformation Zones
  • Programs serving older youth (14 - 24)
  • Programs serving youth with unstable housing
  • Programs that demonstrate accountability to meeting the needs of youth and the needs of neighborhoods

Applications will be reviewed by a panel that includes community members, youth, government officials, and others. 

Please be sure to submit a completed budget form, proof of 501c3 status, and proof you are in Good Standing with the State of Maryland to

Applications will not be complete without these materials.

RFP materials including the:

  • Budget Form
  • RFP Questions
  • Data Collection and Professional Development Overview
  • Community Forums PowerPoint

Important Dates

Application for community based OST programs opens August, 14, 2017        

Community Forums - At these forums interested applicants can ask questions about the funding:

  • Wednesday August 16, 2017, 12:30-2:30pm @SE Anchor Pratt Library 
  • Monday, August 21, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm @CC Jackson Rec Center

Application closes Friday, September 8, 2017 at 5:00PM


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