Summer Adventures in Learning (SAIL)

A Partnership of Funders

Data show that summer learning loss contributes to the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher income peers. While all children lose up to two months of math skills during summer vacation, low-income students are at risk of losing an additional two months in reading achievement.

In 2012, a group of area funders joined forces to address the challenge of summer learning loss and created a partnership called SAIL (Summer Adventures in Learning). The goal of the collaborative was to create a simpler, more centralized process to provide grants to local summer enrichment programs.

The SAIL Partnership meets regularly to determine the best way to strengthen summer programs in ways beyond grant making. They focus on programs where students can explore new interests and skills as well as gain the support they need to prevent summer learning loss. The SAIL team has developed partnerships with Better Basics to provide new resources for programming and PARCA to assist in testing and measuring outcomes. The team closely reviews grant requests and works with the grantees providing best practices, resources and cost-effective solutions to enhance summer programs.

The SAIL partners are: Alabama Power Foundation, The Belk Foundation, The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Independent Presbyterian Church Foundation, The Junior League of Birmingham, Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation, United Way of Central Alabama, and Regions Bank.

Who is eligible for SAIL Funding?

Non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and religious organizations who meet the requirements of IRS section 501(c)(3) and are seeking funding to add an academic component to your camps or expand an existing program to help prevent summer learning loss.

How do I apply?

Apply through the Community Foundation’s Grant Application Center. You will need to register your organization if you have not used this system in the past. Once registered, you will be able to select the SAIL application when it becomes available in September. If you have any difficulties with the process, review Accessing our Grant Application Center.

When can I apply?

The application period is September 1 – 30 for programs that will operate the following summer. For more information, please contact Susie Harris at Birmingham Education Foundation sharris@edbirmingham.org.

Program Staff

Zhaundra Jones