Purpose of Believe & Build Afterschool Grants
We want more young people in Minnesota to have access to afterschool programs that support their healthy development. We do this through the lens of recognizing the importance of community and the strength of strong cultural grounding. The Believe & Build Afterschool grants seek to fund effective, high-quality afterschool programs that address the academic, social-emotional and mental health needs of Minnesota’s young people in Kindergarten – 12th grade. We especially want to reach historically underserved students, particularly those who missed academic instruction and a wide range of opportunities during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years due to the pandemic.
TIP: For the purposes of this grant, “afterschool” means programs that take place before school, after school and during school-year days off. It does not include summer.
The Minnesota Department of Education defines “historically underserved students” as students with low-income, students with disabilities, English learners, racial and ethnic minorities, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, children in foster care, and rural students disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.