Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the maximum grant amount?
A: The maximum grant amount is $50,000.
Q: When should the program begin and end?
A: Grant decisions will be made in February. The program can begin as soon as the grant agreement is signed and can continue for a year.
Q: Can a school be the applicant and partner with a non-profit?
Q: Can the partner be an approved summer provider such as a Boys and Girls Club, with a reading focus? Can a partner be a Head Start program?
A: You can have multiple partners including nonprofits and schools. The most competitive proposals will include both a community based organization and a school.
Q: Does partnership require that funding be provided by the school/district?
A: Funding is not required, but applications that include funding from the school/district will be the most competitive.
Q: What age do you consider pre-K?
A: Three and four-year olds
Q: What percentage of the grant can cover salaries?
A: There are no limits. Your budget should cover what you need to implement your proposal and achieve the outcomes you propose.
Q: Are there specific measures preferred for documenting growth in literacy skills for Pre-K - 3rd grade
A: We don't have a particular instrument for documenting literacy growth in mind. It is up to the nonprofit and school to determine.
NSLA Summer Starts in September guide can be found here
Information on quality standards can be found here.