The Government of the District of Columbia (the District) is committed to supporting students in preparing for a bright future. In service of that commitment, the District seeks to award and support the equitable distribution of grants to diverse organizations that provide children and youth with high-quality out-of-school time (OST) programming. To make that possible, the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), works with an external grantmaking partner that will award and administer funds on behalf of the OST Office. The OST Office, with guidance from the Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Commission), is responsible for deciding the purpose and priorities of each grant competition.
For Youth Serving Organizations
The intent of the District’s grants is to fund high-performing, non-profit, youth development organizations serving underserved children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years with OST program(s) that address key youth developmental outcomes. Organizations applying must embody a general philosophy of positive youth development in their program design and primarily serve District children and youth.
Typically grant cycles are:
- School Year grants support structured, supervised learning or youth development opportunities offered to District children and youth before school, after school, on weekends, or during seasonal school breaks.
- Summer Strong grants support structured, supervised learning or youth development opportunities offered to a distinct group of District children and youth during the summer months for a minimum of 5 hours per day, 5 days a week for 5 consecutive weeks.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) must be completed in order to apply for these grants. RFPs may be found here.