The Connecticut After School Network, in collaboration with the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium is offering mini-grants of $1000 each to fund five after school programs across Connecticut in an effort to expand STEM learning in an experiential way.

Possible programming must be a minimum of two days per week over at least 12 weeks after school and could include robotics, coding, maker spaces, rocket building and launching, and chemistry.

This opportunity is to help after school programs located in elementary, middle, and/or high school to expand learning from the classroom to incorporate hands-on learning that engages children and youth.

Programs are not required to have an existing STEM component. The grant can be used to enhance current offerings.


In order to be eligible programs must submit their grant proposal via email to Ken Anthony, Ed.D. no later than Friday, July 20th, 2018.  Please craft a proposal letter including the following information:

  • Program Name
  • Contact Person
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Grades/Ages Served
  • Brief Project Description and Budget (Maximum 3 pages)
  • Program Director Signature of Commitment to the Project
  • Executive Director Signature of Commitment to the Project

Awards will be announced August 6th with an anticipated start date of 9/1/18 and a completion date of 12/31/18.

Mini-Grant Requirements:

  • Selected programs will be required to attend a mandatory conference call in late August (TBD) to discuss program planning and implementation of the mini-grant, a second conference call in October (TBD).
  • Additionally, a brief final report of the project will be required at the close of the grant period. Selected programs must commit a 1:1 match of in-kind staffing expenses up to $1000.

Questions can be directed to Ken Anthony, Ed.D., Director of Professional Development and Research (kanthony@ctafterschoolnetwork.org) or 860-730-2942.