Grant Purpose

As Montana students and families work to recover from the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Montana Summer Enrichment Grant seeks to support and empower young learners across the state through a coordinated, comprehensive, and consistent community approach. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the personal and academic challenges many Montana students face. Helping them overcome those challenges requires not only the efforts of Montana educators within the confines of a school day but also the efforts of student-focused summer programming. The Montana Summer Enrichment Grant is an opportunity to address students’ personal and academic needs, ensure parents and guardians are able to rejoin the workforce, and ultimately continue to strengthen Montana communities. The grant seeks to: 

  • Provide Montana students with a comprehensive, out-of-school time experience that builds upon a student’s formal school day instruction to provide the continuity necessary to meet their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Provide Montana students a safe and healthy environment after school employing practices to prevent COVID exposure to students. 
  • Provide Montana students and their families with a deeper connection to their community allowing them to understand the full breadth of supports and opportunities available to them.

Grant Goal

Expand and enhance afterschool programs throughout the State. 

Goal 1: To expand summer enrichment services to increase the amount of academic, social, emotional, and mental health support available to students as they navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Goal 2: To expand summer enrichment service capacity or “footprint” to more students and increase accessibility for at-risk student populations to engage in summer enrichment supports. 

Goal 3: To create optimal opportunity for efficient and successful implementation of summer enrichment comprehensive learning experiences. 

  • Providers will partner together to maximize contact hours with students. 
  • Providers will eliminate engagement barriers such as fees, transportation, etc. 
  • Providers will focus on evidence based instructional methods, target math content, and support student wellbeing throughout their program/project.

Grant Eligibility & Requirements

Awards and funding levels will align with the applications ability to demonstrate how closely they meet the grant requirements below.

  1. Anticipated student participation is at least 40% low income qualifying.
  2. Organization has at least 3-5 years of past summer programming experience.
  3. Program/project focuses on Math and includes pre/post testing of students.
  4. Program/project does not duplicate preexisting similar services.
  5. Program/project demonstrates active partnership in funding, programing, and staffing.
  6. Program/project service delivery methods (actives, events, mode of instruction) is demonstrated to be evidenced based.
  7. Program/project goals and objectives demonstrates connection to content standards.

Other Funding Considerations: 

The Montana Summer Enrichment Grant should not replace existing funding sources. These funds are intended to enhance and grow Montana’s capacity for summer enrichment learning services. Grantees are also responsible for understanding and adhering to supplement and/or supplant requirements of their existing funding sources. 

Priority will be given to those Grantees who do not already operate summer school programs with federally provided funding including but not limited to Current 21st Century Program recipients.


Targeted Student Population: 

The Montana Summer Enrichment Grant shall provide funding to reach students who lack the type of supports necessary to overcome the personal and academic challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Summer Enrichment program/projects must demonstrate how their intended program/project will:

  1. Prevent, prepare, and response to COVID
    1. Help prepare for, respond to, or prevent COVID’s adverse impacts on students’ academic gains and holistic wellbeing.
  2. Staff with highly qualified instructors and program support staff
    1. Recruit and hire certified and trained staff
    2. Provide training for staff prior to program start date (content, mode of instruction, social emotional learning).
  3. Provide evidence-based interventions and strategies
    1. Emphasize evidence-based practices for student social, emotional, and intellectual grow to help students navigate the stresses exacerbated by the pandemic.
    2. Use evidence-based strategies for any learning support or enhancement interventions provided such as tutoring and any other academic supports.
    3. Employ strategies and staff training to provide math support services during their summer program/project.
    4. Provides documentation/links in support of ESSER FAQ May 2021 Section A-10 (maybe uploaded as Resource Document or Scope).
  4. Increase the amount of academic, social, and emotional support available to students.
    1. Ensure more Montana students will have access to the frequent, consistent summer school supports.
    2. Endeavor to provide a minimum of 3 hours a day for a minimum of 15 days.
    3. Endeavor to provide program/project service availability of four or five days per week.
  5. Reduce barriers to attendance
    1. Demonstrate how participation barriers including but not limited to fees, transportation, and past skill levels have been addressed.
  6. Age Range Consideration
    1. Demonstrate that the program serves school-aged students with encouragement for programs serving middle and high school students.
  7. Economic Consideration
    Forty percent (40%) of students in service area are considered low income according to at least one of the following indicators:
    1. Data on student eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.).
    2. Data from the E-rate program administered by the Federal Communication Commission (47 CRF 54.500, 54.505(b)).
    3. Data from a different source, such as scholarship or financial assistance data.

Grant Cycle and Award

OPI will distribute $3.8 million over three years. The initial award level is $15,000 with additional needs being based on level of program partnerships, staff qualifications, demonstrated bridge into school year programming, and student population (demographics and number of).

Grant Reporting Requirements

All awarded grantees are required to provide an end of program/project report to OPI by September. This report will include but is not limited to narrative summary comparing expected with actually program/project outcomes, pre/post Math test scores, process survey, and student demographics. A template will be provided for data collection.

Applicant Information and Resources

To apply for the grant, organizations must first obtain an LE#. 

  • Egrants landing page here
    • New User under LOGON (far right in blue) 
    • Follow the prompts How to Access E-Grants System

How to Access E-Grants System

FAQ and Guidance


Questions? Contact Wendi Fawns, ESSER/EANS Director at