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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits for Academic and Job Training Support for At-Risk High School Youth

Drop-Out Prevention Grant


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Funding Source
District of Columbia, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/08/16 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofits to provide high school youth at risk of dropping out with the counseling and support they need to continue their education and acquire job skills. Eligible applicants, with a successful record of working with youth in the target group, will provide advocacy, individual counseling, academic support, enrichment, life-skills training, and employment-readiness services.

Grant Evaluation Criteria:

- Proven excellence:
--Demonstrated a record of strong positive outcomes for youth in the District of Columbia, including engaging at-risk youth and increasing school attendance rates.
--Demonstrated track record of successfully implementing evidenced-based practices and strategies targeted at reducing truancy and improving attendance for high school youth.
--Strong record of building the necessary partnerships with key stakeholders.

- Proposed program:
--Statement of need for activities and services
--Statement of intended impact, including target number of youth served with grant funds
--Description of proposed activities and services
--Demonstrates community support with letters of endorsement or support

- Budget:
--Strong financial plan to maximize the use of funds, including plans for sustaining programming after the grant year.


  • Community-based Organizations; CBO(s)
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- DC-based nonprofit organizations providing drop-out prevention and attendance support programs/services.

- Applicants must verify their non‐profit status by submitting a valid 501(c)(3) designation letter from the Internal Revenue Service, documenting the organization or the fiscal sponsor’s tax exempt status as a non‐profit organization.

- Applicants must submit a recent DC Clean Hands Form (August 1, 2015 or later) from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue showing the organization and/or fiscal sponsor is in good standing. The application for this form can be found at

- Applicants must submit a Certificate of Good Standing from the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (“DCRA”). The Certificate shall be current to within 60 days of the application submission.

- Applicant’s mission includes serving at-risk populations through providing drop-out prevention and attendance support services, or other related interventions.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
$100,000 to $270,000

Term of Contract
The grant period will be from the date of award until September 30, 2016.

Contact Information
Claudia Lujan
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education
1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #307
Washington, DC 20001

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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