in After School and Community Care Programs
Application Deadline Extended to March 31, 2023
Hagåtña, Guam – The Leon Guerrero-Tenorio Administration, in coordination with the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) and the Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS), today announced the extension of the Governor’s After School and Community Care grant program deadline to March 31, 2023. Local businesses, non-profit organizations, and non-school providers are encouraged to apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding for after school and community care programs targeting youth ages 5 to 13. Program eligibility, required documents, and additional information are available at investguam.com, along with the application form and program fact sheet.
“Along with our local businesses, non-profits, private schools, faith-based and community-based partners, our administration is investing over $13.3 million in our future by providing access and critical resources to our next generation of leaders all while supporting working families across our island,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.
“Childcare truly takes a village, and we have seen the impact these incredible after-school programs and community learning opportunities continue to have on our youth,” said Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio. “From the performing arts to STEM programs, sports camps to skill-building workshops, these investments in our future will help encourage creativity, innovation, and life-long learning.”
Over 130 local organizations have received support from the program since its launch in June 2022, including Amphibious Guam which provides health and safety programs for youth, Junior Achievement which provides entrepreneurship experiences, and Guam Conservatory of the Arts which supports providing professional-level training to those wanting to learn a classical art.
“The support we received from this grant is not only developing youth water confidence and conditioning but also supporting other small businesses and increasing youth engagement with local subject matter experts to introduce them to yoga, meditation, study skills, strength training, and more,” said Amphibious Guam Director, Coach Andy Lee. “Through the Pre-Amphibious & Junior Amphibious Training programs, we have been able to engage coaches and community partners, including Ina Wellness Collective, the Bridge Fitness, Fökai Industries, FAS Care, the Pacific Islands Club, and local educators committed to helping our participants develop physical and mental wellness, as well as technique and skills in the water, in the classroom, and in our community.”
“JA Guam is honored to be one of the recipients of the Prugraman I Pinilian I Famagu’on Guåhan Community Care and After School Care Grant Program,” said Junior Achievement Guam Board Chairperson Joey C. Miranda III. “The funding will enable us to reach out to more students between the ages of 8 through 13 with after-school programs such as JA Inspire, JA Economics for Success, and JA More than Money.”
“Special Olympics Guam is extremely grateful for the Governor’s program, “Prugraman Pinilan,” administered by the Guam Economic Development Authority (GEDA) that was awarded to our organization,” said Special Olympics Guam CEO/President Frank Florig. “We encourage any organization that promotes health and wellness to our precious island children to take advantage of this program. The grant has allowed us to maximize participation for children with disabilities and provided support for our year-long sports program, including Track and Field, Softball, Badminton, Soccer, and Bowling.”
“The Community Care Grant Program has been a lifeline to Guam Conservatory of Arts and the children it serves,” said Eugene Bordallo with the Guam Conservatory of Arts. “Through the leadership and foresight of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and GEDA Director Melanie Mendiola, who recognized the value of supporting activities for children, most especially arts education, Guam Conservatory has been able to continue to offer instruction of classical dance and music despite a student’s ability to afford tuition. If not for this grant, many of Guam’s children would be unable to participate and receive the benefits of the Conservatory’s services. This joint effort between the local government and nonprofits helping to bridge the economic gap in order to provide more programs for our island’s youth is invaluable. Guam Conservatory of Arts looks forward to a continued partnership with GEDA and DPHSS to build a stronger and more vibrant future for Guam.”
The Governor’s Community Care and After School Care Programs are administered through Prugråman i Pinilan i Famagu’on Guåhan (Prugråman Pinilan) and make child care more affordable and accessible for working families by providing additional support to child care providers, local businesses, and non-profit organizations.
For more information, visit investguam.com or contact GEDA at 671-647-4332.