Gov. Evers announces $50M in Beyond the Classroom grants

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday, Aug. 12, announced the distribution of $49.5 million to over 100 out-of-school and childcare providers across the state through the Beyond the Classroom Grant Program and a $500,000 grant for technical assistance.

According to a news release from Gov. Evers' office, "Beyond the Classroom" grants were provided to eligible nonprofit organizations providing virtual and in-person programming for school-aged children to help increase enrollment capacity, provide additional learning opportunities, or increase mental health support for school-age children during the 2021-2022 school year and summer months of 2021 and 2022. Initially announced earlier this year, grants of up to $2.8 million were released today to 115 out-of-school providers and nonprofit organizations around the state, with an additional $500,000 grant for technical assistance.

“Our kids have had a difficult year, and we know that in order for our state to continue to bounce back from this pandemic, we have to make sure we’re getting our kids the extra support they need,” said Gov. Evers. “This past year, out-of-school providers across the state adapted to ensure our kids had safe and supportive places to go while also contending with increased capacity and mental health challenges. I've always said what's best for kids is what's best for our state, and today's grants will help ensure our families and kids can thrive beyond the classroom.”

The news release says, the Beyond the Classroom Grants provide funding of up to $1.5 million per non-profit organization for the 2021 summer and up to $1.5 million for the school year and summer of 2022 combined.

The Beyond the Classroom Technical Assistance Grant provides funding of up to $500,000 to an organization that provides technical assistance to out-of-school organizations that provide learning opportunities and mental health support for school-aged kids.

Applications for the two programs opened on June 18, 2021 and closed July 8, 2021. Full list of grant awardees is here.

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