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Comprehensive After School System (COMPASS) Explore Grants

Contracts to New York City Nonprofits
for Extracurricular Programs for K-12 Students

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New York City Department of Youth and Community Development

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Deadline Date:

01/26/16 2:00 PM


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Contracts to qualified New York City nonprofits for programs providing K-12 students with the opportunity to explore a single area of interest. Programs must be conducted outside of school hours, may operate during the summer, and can be located in the school or in a center. Programs must be held for at least 150 hours over a 4-week period.

COMPASS Explore will promote positive youth development and leadership through a single-focus activity area. Accordingly, the goals for COMPASS Explore programs are to:

Goal 1: Provide a safe, engaging and supportive environment
Goal 2: Foster leadership, confidence, and resilience
Goal 3: Support exploration of interests, skill-building projects, and creativity
Goal 4: Promote positive relationships with adults and peers and a sense of community

There will be three service options and seven competitions as follows:

Service Option 1: General - Five borough-based competitions

Service Option 2: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth (LGBTQ)

Service Option 3: Special Needs

The annual price per participant for Service Options 1 and 2 is $1,000. For Service Option 3, DYCD does not specify a price per participant. Proposers would justify the number of youth they intend to serve based on the special needs of the youth to be targeted by the program and the planned accommodations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166622

Number of Grants:

Service option 1: at least 26 contracts. Service option 2: 1 contract. Service option 3: 1 contract.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- For Service Option 1, the total funding request would be based on the requested number of participant slots and the price per participant.

- For Service Options 2 and 3, the total funding request would be $100,000.

Term of Contract:

It is anticipated that the contract term will be from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019 with option to renew for an additional three years.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Service Option 1: The contractor would have a track record of at least three years of successful experience within the last five years providing youth programming similar to the model described in this RFP.

Service Option 2 and Service Option 3: The contractor would have at least three years of successful experience within the last five years serving LGBTQ and Special Needs youth, as applicable.

For all service options, successful experience is defined as operating innovative programs for youth that alone or in collaboration with others:

- Demonstrate high rates of recruitment, attendance and retention;
- Have appropriately-qualified, well-supervised staff and low staff turnover;
- Meet or exceed stated program goals, evidenced by external evaluations or self-assessments based on standard, industry-accepted, monitoring tools used in the field.
- Reflect continuous quality improvement practices that emphasize collection and analysis of data to improve performance.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Please note the pre-proposal conference will be held at:
2 Lafayette Street, 14th Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10007

It is scheduled for the following date and times:
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM or 2:00 PM.

Pre-Application Information:

Questions regarding the RFP should be emailed to indicating “COMPASS Explore” in the subject line no later than January 4, 2016.

To submit a proposal, organizations must be prequalified for this RFP in the HHS Accelerator system,

Providers are responsible for the timely electronic submission of proposals. It is strongly recommended that providers complete and submit their proposals at least 24 hours in advance of the Proposal Due Date and Time.

Contact Information:

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

For more information about submitting a proposal through the HHS Accelerator system, please contact

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New York City

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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