Out-of-School Time Programming for Children and Youth

The Dyson Foundation considers grants for out-of-school time programs including after-school, summer, and year-round activities. Applications for programs located in the Mid-Hudson Valley counties of Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and Ulster will be considered, with a focus on enabling the participation of economically disadvantaged children. Funding priority will be given to programs that conduct targeted outreach to low-income families and children, offer program schedules that support working families, and those that give consideration to and make efforts toward providing transportation assistance and meals. In all cases, letters of inquiry can be submitted via the online Grants Portal.

Application Timelines

After School Programs (school year and year-round):

For after school programs or year-round programs, there is currently no set due date for inquiries, but we encourage you to submit your letter of inquiry at least six months in advance of your program start date. Contact the Foundation if you would like more guidance on this.

Summer Programs:

We strongly encourage summer program applicants to adhere to the following application timeline. Contact the Foundation if you would like more guidance on this.

  • February 15 - Letters of inquiry due for summer programs
  • March 30 - Full applications due, if invited
  • May - Notification of grant approval or declination (June notification may apply to larger requests)
  • June-August - Funded summer programs occur


Following are a few resources that organizations providing summer youth programming may find helpful in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective summer programs. The resources include research and information on best practices in serving economically disadvantaged youth.

Five Ways to Make Summer Learning Programs Successful

What Works for Summer Learning Programs for Low-Income Children and Youth

Child Trends: Effective Summer Programs for Economically Disadvantaged Youth (several research publications available)

Preparing Youth to Thrive: Promising Practices for Social and Emotional Learning

Getting to work on Summer Learning

Summer Learning Toolkit