A new three-year initiative from the child-care program at the Duke Endowment will award funding for after-school programs in North Carolina and South Carolina, in an effort to improve the quality of existing programs for children who are at risk for abuse and neglect.
Up to 30 after-school programs in North and South Carolina will be selected to participate in the initiative. The grant program will target efforts that serve a high percentage of children ages 6-12 whose families are eligible for state subsidies; primarily serve children whose families exhibit identified characteristics indicating risk for abuse or neglect; and are located in identified high-need communities.
Up to $10,000 will be awarded to each program for training, consultation and funding to improve the quality of their services and achieve higher levels of licensure or accreditation.
The grant program is open to formal after-school programs that target at-risk children, as well as other organizations that provide after-school programs, such as YMCAs, YWCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and churches of any denomination that serve children at risk for abuse or neglect.
The application deadline is June 15. Program information, guidelines, and an application form are available on the Duke Endowment website