Summer learning loss is a very real condition for children and youth. Most students, regardless of socioeconomic status, lose about two months of grade-level equivalency in math when they spend their summers understimulated. Low-income students also experience up to two months of loss in reading achievement.1

When school starts in September, teachers often must reteach students material from the previous year, rather than starting with the new curriculum for their grade. These learning losses, when compounded year after year, account for a large portion of the achievement gap between lower-income and higher-income students.

This request for proposal (RFP) is focused on summer learning and includes the following three funding levels:

  • Providing Operational Support (up to $30,000 per year)
  • Piloting Promising Practices (up to $40,000 per year)
  • Scaling Up for Success (up to $50,000 per year)

The total amount of funding to be awarded for summer learning programs for all three levels is $550,000 per year. The application deadline was November 9, 2015.

For the full grant description, including eligibility criteria, process, and timeline, download the Summer Learning RFP here.

Scoring guidelines for all three funding levels can be accessed here:

Questions? View our Summer Learning Grants FAQ.

For further information, please contact Joseph Morra at

Cooper, H.; Nye, B.; Charlton, K.; Lindsay, J.; and Greathouse, S. (1996). The effects of a summer vacation on achievement test scores: A meta-analytic and narrative review. Review of Educational Research, 66.