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Funding Opportunities

Girls on swingThe 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.


2023 Summer Strong Grant Competitions

The Bowser Administration, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), and the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) are excited to announce the release of the 2023 Summer Strong Grant Competitions. Nonprofit organizations that provide District children and youth with high-quality and supportive out-of-school time (OST) programs during the summer months are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, January 9, 2023, at 5:00 pm. 

The OST Office will be hosting informational sessions for each grant competition to provide an overview and answer questions related to the Request for Applications (RFA). All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Review the different grant competitions and grant information sessions below.

2023 Summer Strong Grant Competitions:

Prerecorded Trainings:

  • Budget Template Training can be accessed here
  • Logic Model Training can be found here

For more information regarding the Summer Strong 2023 Grant Competitions, Information Sessions, or submitting a question, please visit learn24.dc.gov or contact [email protected].


Learn24 OST Youth Scholarship Program 

Looking for fun activities for your child to do this summer? Activity Scholarships for DC Students are now available through Learn24’s OST Youth Scholarship Program.

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes is excited to partner with the Greater Washington Community Foundation to help provide OST programs to students with specific needs. Examples of programs that the scholarship may support include, but are not limited to, programs designed specifically for students with disabilities, advanced learners, and English Language Learners. Individuals not considered at-risk may also be eligible to receive a scholarship based on need and availability of funding.

Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available for individual students for use in approved OST activities in calendar year 2022. The minimum scholarship award is $1,000.

For more information, please click here


Fiscal Year 2023 Students in the Care of DC Out of School Time Coordinating RFA

The 2023 Students in the Care of DC Out of School Time Coordinating RFA invites high-performing, fiscally responsible, non-profits to apply for this grant competition. Organizations applying must demonstrate (1) experience managing and coordinating enrichment or youth programming, (2) experience managing subcontractors or willingness to work with subcontractors, (3) ability to implement evidence-based practices that support positive youth development, and (4) experience working in a secure facility.

This RFA is being offered in partnership with SCDC. The intent of this RFA is to select one coordinating entity that will manage a high-quality OST program and manage subcontractors to provide evidence-based educational, social, emotional, and physical health opportunities and activities for students experiencing incarceration. Organizations applying must serve youth through a positive youth development approach.OST Office anticipates awarding one grant of up to $420,000 to coordinate the OST program at DC facility. Applicants may request up to $420,000.The deadline to apply has closed


Fiscal Year 2023 Safe Passage Safe Blocks Grant Competition

The OST Office, the DME, and the Bowser Administration invites nonprofits with strong relationships within the community, and expertise providing youth programs to apply for the Fiscal Year 2023 Safe Passage Safe Blocks (SPSB) request for applications. The SPSB programs will provide students safe routes to and from school and provide an afterschool program offering mediation and conflict resolution skill-building. The OST Office anticipates awarding up to $1.5 million in total awards for Fiscal Year 2023 SPSB grants. The maximum grant award amount is $1,000,000 dollars. The deadline to apply has closed. 


Fiscal Year 2022 Out of School Time Mentorships Request for Applications

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (The OST Office), the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), and the Bowser Administration is excited to release a new grant competition to fund one nonprofit with a history of supporting mentoring programs to manage the Out of School Time (OST) Youth Mentorship Program. The OST Youth Mentorship Program is a new program with the goal of increasing access to college and career mentoring programs for youth ages 11-18 in grades 6-12. The deadline to apply has closed


School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions

The Bowser Administration, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), and the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) is excited to announce the release of the School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions. Nonprofit organizations that provide District children and youth with high quality and supportive out-of-school time (OST) programs during the School Year are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is closed. 


Fiscal Year 2021 and School Year 2020-21 Grant Competitions Summary

The OST Office would like to highlight the organizations that awarddes for the Fiscal Year 2021 and School Year 2020-21 Grant Compeitions.  Altogether there were over 116 organizations that submitted applications or continuation requests. The quality of the applications made for a highly competitive process. The number of excellent programs and organizations that applied was impressive and we appreciate and recognize the contributions of every organization for their continued work with children and youth across the District of Columbia.

  • In total, $9.38 million will be awarded to 92 nonprofit organizations that propose to provide services to over 11,000 District of Columbia children and youth during the upcoming grant period.
  • Of the total:
    • $1,951,746 will be awarded to 21 organizations receiving SY20-21 OST grants. These organizations propose to serve approximately 2,500 youth.
    • $125,000 will be awarded to 5 organizations receiving SY20-21 Small Nonprofit OST grants and propose to serve 150 youth.
    • $1,035,676 will be awarded to 9 organizations receiving Year Round grants. These grantees received School Year 2019-20 and Summer 2020 grants and applied for the FY21 Invitation Only Year Round grant. The grantees will provide afterschool and summer 2021 camps to serve approximately 777 youth.
    • $6,269,944 in continuation grants will be awarded to 57 organizations. Of the 57 organizations, 17 are small non-profits and 24 are Year Round grantees. These organizations propose to serve 7,577 youth.
  • Eight (8) organizations are new grantees that have not been previously funded by the OST Office.
  • Three grant competitions were released on June 18, 2020 and applications were received by July 16, 2020.

Download the complete grant summary below.