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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.


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 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 is Monday, July 11, 2022 at 5:00 pm. 

A grant information session will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm to provide information and answer questions related to the grant competition. Click here to join (no registration needed).  Review the different grant competitions and grant information sessions below.

View the complete RFA here. Applications can be completed here.

  • Questions and Answers can be found here

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. 

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.

School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions:

The OST Office is seeking grant application reviewers for the School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions. Anyone interested should complete this brief interest form.

For more information regarding the School Year 2022-23 Grant Competitions, Information Sessions, or Logic Model Workshop, please visit learn24.dc.gov or contact [email protected].

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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.