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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.


Fiscal Year 2022 Students in the Care of DC Out of School Time Coordinating Entity Request for Applications

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) and Office for Students in the Care of D.C. (SCDC), located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education DME, the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) invites high-performing, fiscally responsible, non-profits to apply for the invites high-performing, fiscally responsible, non-profits to apply for the Fiscal Year 2022 Students in the Care of DC Out of School Time Coordinating Entity at the Youth Services Center. Applications must be submitted by Monday, September 20, 2021 at 5:00 pm

The OST Office will host an informational grant session on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm for each grant competition to provide an overview and answer questions related to the RFA. All potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.  

For more information or questions, please email [email protected]. 


Fiscal Year 2021-22 Safe Passage Request for Applications

The Fiscal Year 2021-22 Safe Passage Safe Blocks (SPSB) RFA invites nonprofits with strong fiscal infrastructure with a history of managing federal funds to apply. In addition, nonprofits that have strong relationships to the community, and have experience providing youth programs should apply. The RFA seeks to support nonprofits to scale and build SPSB programs in designated Safe Passage Priority Areas. The SPSB programs will provide students safe routes to and after school and provide an afterschool program that allows students to develop skills to reduce aggression. The SPSB programs will also allow schools, school staff, students, and SPSB staff to build and strengthen relationships in the surrounding communities. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

For more information or questions, please email [email protected].


School Year 2021-22 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 2021-22 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 has now closed

School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions:

The OST Office is seeking grant application reviewers for the School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions. Anyone interested should complete this brief interest form.


School Year 2021-2022 High Impact Tutoring RFA

The School Year 2021-22 High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) RFA invites nonprofits with strong fiscal infrastructure and demonstrated success providing tutoring programs to apply. The RFA seeks to support existing successful evidence-based tutoring programs to scale and/or support experienced evidence-based tutoring programs that can demonstrate the ability to deliver a new tutoring program to serve students in grades pre-K-12. Grant funds may only be used to serve students attending a District public school (DCPS or charter school). The deadline to apply has now closed


2021 Summer Strong Grantees

The following 38 organizations will recieve funding from the OST Office, DME and the Bowser administration for the Summer Strong 2021 Grant Competition:

  • Amala Lives
  • Arts for Our Children, Inc
  • Beta Omega Social Services Inc
  • Capital City Public Charter School
  • Children's Defense Fund
  • City Gate Inc*
  • Dance Institute of Washington (The)
  • Dance Makers, Inc
  • DC Strings Workshop*
  • Do The Write Thing Foundation of DC
  • EnventU
  • Exodus Treatment Center
  • Faith for the City, Inc*
  • For Love of Children
  • FRESHFARM
  • Friendship Public Charter School
  • George Washington University*
  • Healthy Living Inc
  • Horizons Greater Washington
  • Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
  • International Association of Human Values*
  • Life Pieces To Masterpieces*
  • Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region*
  • Mentors of Minorities in Education, Inc
  • Multicultural Career Intern Program
  • National Center for Children and Families
  • Neighborhood Associates Corporation*
  • One Common Unity
  • Progressive Life Center*
  • Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation*
  • Swaliga Foundation
  • Tech Turn Up
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy
  • Tumaini DC, Inc *
  • Tutoring Cafe
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School
  • Words Beats and Life, Inc
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Washington

*new grantee

View the press release here


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.