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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.

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 2019 Out of School Time Grants

The OST Office, located in the DME and United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) are pleased to announce Out of School Time awardees for the upcoming school year. In total, 67 organizations applied for either the School Year 2018-2019 Out of School Time (SY18-19 OST) grant competition or the School Year 2018-2019 Community Based (SY18-19 CB) grant competition. An additional 39 organizations applied for continuation awards. The number of strong programs and organizations that applied was impressive and we value the work each provider does to support youth across the District of Columbia.

In total, $6.2 million will be awarded to 80 non-profit organizations that will provide services to over 10,000 District of Columbia children and youth during the upcoming school year.
Of the total:

  • $3,648,880 will be awarded to 39 organizations receiving continuation grants. These organizations will continue to serve approximately 7,971 District youth in SY 2018-19.

  • $2,136,131 will be awarded to 24 organizations receiving SY18-19 OST grants. These organizations will serve approximately 2,096 District youth in SY 2018-19.

  • $405,880 will be awarded to 17 organizations receiving SY18-19 CB grants and will serve approximately 605 District youth

  • 30 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.

Download the Grant Summary below for additional information.