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.
Request for Application as Subcontractor at DC Housing Authority and/or Department of Human Services Sites - Summer 2020
The Government of the District of Columbia (the District) is committed to supporting District children and youth in preparing for a bright future. In service of that commitment, the District is seeking to build and support strong organizations that can provide children and youth with a high-quality summer camp experience. On October 8, 2019 the Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), in partnership with United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) issued a 2020 Summer Strong Coordinating Entity Request for Applications (Coordinating Entity RFA).
The Coordinating Entity RFA will identify Coordinating Entities that will organize a full service summer camp experience for children and youth at select locations. These Coordinating Entities are required to subcontract with community based grassroots businesses, nonprofits or individuals to provide educational, social, emotional, and physical health opportunities and activities for children and youth as part of the summer camp schedule. The Coordinating Entities will be selected through a competitive process by March 2020. This Request for Application (RFA) is being released in an effort to assist the Coordinating Entities in selecting high-quality subcontractors (vendors). This RFA is for any local business, nonprofit, or individual interested in providing direct programming for children and youth ages 5 -17 with an engaging, fun, and educational camp experience at select DC Housing Authority (DCHA) sites and/or DC Department of Human Services (DHS) short term family housing sites.
The DCHA sites where camps may be held are:
- Lincoln Heights, 400 50th Street NE, Washington DC 20019 in Ward 7
- Woodland Terrace, 2310 Ainger Place SE, Washington DC 20020 in Ward 8
- Benning Terrace, 4450 G Street SE in Ward in Ward 7
- Syphax Gardens (Greenleaf communities), 1501 Half Street SW in Ward 6
- Kenilworth, 4500 Quarles Street NE in Ward 7
The DHS sites where camps may be held are:
- 3320 Idaho Avenue NW in Ward 3
- 5505 5th Street NW in Ward 4
- 1700 Rhode Island Ave NE in Ward 5
- 850 Delaware Ave SW in Ward 6
*DCHA and DHS sites may change.
Vendors may request to offer programming to a specific age group or target population but must describe the population they wish to serve. Applicants must ensure and maintain an adult to participant ratio of at least 1:15 at all times. Deadline to apply was Friday, February 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm.
Vendors will be selected based on information supplied in this application. The Coordinating Entity will notify selected vendors by May 30, 2020. Vendors may apply to offer the same program (e.g. same curriculum, content, or activity) at multiple locations with one application. A separate application is required for additional programs.
The full Request for Applications (RFA) can be found below.
2020 Summer Strong Grant Competitions
The OST Office, DME, and United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) are excited to announce the release of 2020 Summer Strong grant competitions. Each grant competition is designed to support high-quality summer programs or camps for children and youth throughout the District. Nonprofit organizations serving District of Columbia youth are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply was December 10, 2019. Please download the full RFP below.
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 releases are:
- Winter: 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.
- Fall: 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.
Fiscal Year 2020 and School Year 2019-20 Grant Competitions Summary
The OST Office, located in the DME and United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) are pleased to announce awardees for the upcoming school year. Altogether there were over 140 organizations that submitted applications or 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, $8.7 million will be awarded to 88 nonprofit organizations that propose to provide services to over 16,000 District of Columbia children and youth during the upcoming grant period.
Of the total:
$4,527,663 will be awarded to 24 organizations receiving inaugural Year Round grants. These grantees received School Year 2018-19 and Summer 2019 grants, and applied for the FY20 Invitation Only Year Round grant. The grantees will provide SY19-20 afterschool and summer 2020 camps. These organizations propose to serve approximately 8,900 youth.
$3,526,454 in continuation grants will be awarded to 51 organizations. Of the 51 organizations, 15 are small non-profits. These organizations propose to serve approximately 6,000 District youth in SY19-20.
$470,819 will be awarded to 7 organizations receiving SY19-20 OST grants. These organizations propose to serve approximately 600 District youth in SY19-20.
$143,975 will be awarded to 6 organizations receiving SY19-20 Small Nonprofit OST grants and propose to serve approximately 500 District youth.
Seven (7) organizations are new grantees that have not been previously funded by the OST Office.
The funding will support programs at sites across wards, but particularly program sites located in Wards 7 and 8.
Three grant competitions were released on April 11, 2019 and applications were received by May 22, 2019.
Download the Grant Summary below for additional information.