ASOST Subgrant

Enrichment Programs For All

The United Way After School and Out-of-School Time Subgrant (ASOST-S) program is focused on supporting Massachusetts’ highest need students and the programs which support them. Together with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), along with other organizations throughout the state, we will award funds to out-of-school time and summer programs to “strengthen the quality of and increase access to learning and enrichment programming that improve academic, college and career readiness and social-emotional outcomes for youth.” over 2024 and 2025.

Subgrant Details

Priorities Programs that support the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE's or Department's) Educational Vision, including supporting the whole student, deeper learning, and culturally and linguistically sustaining practices that contribute to affirming environments where students have a sense of belonging Programs that specifically aim to support historically marginalized students, including but not limited to, English learners, students on Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), students experiencing homelessness, in foster care and/or who are migratory. Programs that have or want to strengthen partnerships with local schools and/or other community-based organizations. Programs that engage and leverage knowledge and strengths of students, families, staff and community to inform programming design and decisions.


Programs serving Pre-K through 12th grade in an OST or Summer Program Setting All communities in EOHHS regions 3, 4, and 6 (excluding Boston) are eligible to apply. UWMB will prioritize the following communities: Chelsea, Cambridge, Evertt, Framingham, Gloucester, Haverhill, Hudson Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Marlborough, Medford, Methuen, Norwood, Peabody, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Weymouth, Winthrop, and Woburn Programs in communities where at least 25% served are considered economically disadvantaged and/or are in school in chronically underperforming status. Programs that offer comprehensive programming at least 3 days a week for a minimum of 6 weeks in the summer and most weeks from October through May excluding holidays and vacations. Programs that are operated by community-based organizations (CBOs) and school districts, including charter schools and collaboratives.

Additional Restrictions

Organizations can submit one application for one program. Multiple organizations may not submit separate applications for the same program. YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs must apply through their state alliance and are not eligible to apply through UWMB.