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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.

2021 Summer Strong Grant Competitions

On behalf of Learn24 Coordinating Entities that will be announced in March, the OST Office is accepting applications from high-quality subcontractors (vendors) to provide educational, social, emotional, and/or physical health opportunities and activities for children at DC Housing Authority and DC Department of Human Services short-term family housing sites. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm.

View the complete Request for Applications here. Submit application here

Learn24 Vendor Information Session Presentation can be found here

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
  • 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. 

School Year 2020-2021 Grantees

The OST Office, located in the DME is excited to announce that the following organizations will receive funding for School Year 2020-21:

  • A Greater Washington Fields of Dreams
  • After-School All-Stars DC
  • Amala Lives
  • Amy Jacques Garvey Institute
  • Arts for Our Children
  • Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development
  • Bancroft Elementary Parent Teacher Organization
  • Beacon House
  • BEST Kids
  • Beta Omega Social Services
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
  • BUILD Metro DC
  • Capital City Public Charter School
  • Capital Partners for Education
  • Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Children and Charity International
  • Children of Mine Youth Center
  • Children's Legacy Theatre
  • City Blossoms
  • City Kids Wilderness Project
  • CityDance
  • College Success Foundation
  • College Tribe
  • Common Good City Farm
  • Community Services Foundation
  • Critical Exposure
  • Dance Institute of Washington (The)
  • Dance Place/DC Wheel Productions
  • DC Strings Workshop
  • DC Youth Orchestra Program
  • Do the Write Thing Foundation of DC
  • E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
  • Eagle Academy Public Charter School
  • East of the River Boys and Girls Steelband
  • East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
  • Education Plus 2
  • EnventU
  • Ethiopian Community Center
  • Exodus Treatment Center
  • Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso
  • Fishing School (The)
  • For Love of Children
  • Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • GALA Hispanic Theatre
  • Global Kids
  • Healthy Living
  • Helping Our People Empowerment Group (The)
  • Higher Achievement
  • Homeless Children's Playtime Project
  • Horton's Kids
  • Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute
  • Institute for African Man Development
  • Jubilee Housing
  • Kid Power
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Latino Student Fund
  • Little Lights Urban Ministries
  • Many Languages One Voice
  • Maya Angelou Public Charter School
  • Men Can Stop Rape
  • Mentors of Minorities in Education
  • Metropolitan Alliance for Youth Advancement Foundation (The)
  • Multicultural Career Intern Program
  • MusicianShip (The)
  • National Center for Children and Families
  • NOMIS Youth Network
  • Northeast Performing Arts Group
  • One Common Unity
  • Oye Palaver Hut
  • Peace thru Culture
  • Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
  • Project Create DC
  • Reading Partners
  • Sasha Bruce Youthwork
  • Sewing Opportunity Never Ending
  • Shaw Community Center
  • Sitar Arts Center
  • Student-Athletes Organized to Understand Leadership
  • Special Olympics District of Columbia
  • Tech Turn Up
  • United Planning Organization
  • Urban Alliance
  • Urban Learning and Teaching Center
  • Washington Jazz Arts Institute (The)
  • Washington School for Girls
  • Washington Tennis and Education Foundation
  • Woodland Tigers
  • Youth Entrepreneur Institute
  • Youth Organizations United to Rise Community Center