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Advantage After School Program

Contracts for Services to New York Nonprofits
for High-Quality After-School Programs

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New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

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06/18/19 4:00 PM Eastern Time


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Contracts for services to New York nonprofit community organizations to provide after-school programming for elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the state. Applicants must prequalify in the application system before applying. Funding is intended to provide programs that serve the most vulnerable children and families and implement activities that address disproportionality in identified communities. OCFS will invest in services that are culturally and linguistically competent, cost efficient, and contribute toward alleviating issues identified for the respective communities.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) invites not-for-profit, community-based organizations to submit proposals for the development of quality after-school programs based on the Advantage After School Program (AASP). AASPs, in partnership with local schools, offer a broad range of educational, recreational, cultural, and age-appropriate activities in a safe environment; they integrate what happens in the school day with less formal learning experiences, and encourage the active participation of children, youth and families in the design and delivery of program activities.

These after-school programs are to be integrated with what happens in the school day and operated in cooperation with schools and school districts as well as other community-based organizations that provide educational, recreational, cultural, and age-appropriate activities.

Required Program Outcomes and Performance Targets

The AASP has four (4) required program outcomes:
1. Improved social, emotional, academic and vocational competencies of school-age children and youth;
2. The prevention or reduction of out-of-wedlock adolescent pregnancies;
3. The reduction of other negative youth behaviors such as bullying, violence, crime, tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse, disengagement from school, suspension from school, truancy, and health-compromising behaviors;
4. A safe, after-school environment for children, youth, parents and caregivers.

In addition to the four (4) required program outcomes stated above, there are three (3) required performance targets designed to positively affect the program outcomes that must be developed for each program. A program’s success will be measured by how well it achieves its performance targets. The three required performance targets are:
1. Child Performance: Students that regularly attend the afterschool program will enhance their academic achievement.
2. Child Involvement: Attain consistency of attendance of enrollees in the after-school program, considering the need for flexibility in children’s attendance due to the irregular schedules of parents and that, as children age, they may be involved in more extracurricular school activities and part-time employment.
3. Parental/Guardian Involvement: Obtaining parent involvement and parent satisfaction, both of which have been demonstrated to correlate to the quality of the after-school program.

For more details on these outcomes and targets, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 143602

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Contracts will range between $80,000 per year to $280,000 per year. The maximum cost per child is $2,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The contract(s) awarded in response to this RFP will be for five (5) years. The anticipated start date is September 1, 2019 and the anticipated end date is August 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must:
- Be a not-for-profit organization. Community-based organizations (CBO’s) with not-for-profit status are eligible to apply.
- For the purposes of this RFP, community-based organizations are not-for-profit organizations that work at a local level to improve life for residents.

Please note: For-profit organizations, municipal agencies, public school systems, and government entities are not eligible to apply.

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Pre-Application Information:

Calendar of Events:
- Issuance of Request for Proposals: 5/3/2019
- Deadline for Submission of Written Questions: 5/16/2019 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time
- Responses to Written Questions Posted in the Grants Gateway (on or about): 5/27/2019
- Recommended Deadline to Prequalify in the Grants Gateway: 5/27/2019
- Deadline for Submission of Proposals: 6/18/2019 by 4:00 PM Eastern Time
- Anticipated Notification of Award (not earlier than): 7/12/2019
- Anticipated Contract Start Date (not earlier than): 9/1/2019

There is no local match requirement for this grant; however, OCFS suggests that all contractors provide a 25 percent local share to the amount of Advantage AASP funds requested. The contribution of local share is not considered as a rating factor.

Please Note: An applicant must submit separate proposals for each award and may receive up to three (3) awards from this funding opportunity. Separate proposals must be submitted for each region that an applicant proposes to serve. Each application may propose to serve a maximum of two (2) program sites within the same region.

Funds associated with this RFP will be allocated by region, except in New York City, where the funds will be allocated by borough. Listed below are the corresponding counties within each region.

Not-for-Profit applicants are strongly encouraged to prequalify in the Grants Gateway by 5/27/2019, and must prequalify by the date of submission. Government entities are not required to prequalify in Grants Gateway, but must register in order to submit an application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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All inquiries concerning this procurement must be addressed to the director of contracts in the RFP unit or his designee(s) at OCFS, via email to Theodore Chmielewski (preferred) or via hard copy mailed to:

Director of Contracts
Questions for RFP# 2018-16 Advantage Afterschool Program
Office of Children and Family Services
52 Washington Street
Room 202S – RFP Unit
Rensselaer, NY 12144

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