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2019 Summer Strong DC

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits
for Summer Youth Programs

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) - Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST), United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA), and Learn24

Conf. Date:

11/13/18

Deadline Date:

11/19/18 5:00 PM EST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofits for summer programming for youth ages 5 - 21. Priority is given to programs serving at-risk youth. Funding is intended for programs that support youth developmental outcomes and that encourage children and youth to become contributing members of their communities.

Grants will be awarded to organizations serving school age youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years. Preference will be given to applicants that serve youth who are most in need or at-risk1 and require access to high-quality, low- or no-cost summer opportunities. Considerations for need include family income, specific populations, neighborhood conditions, unmet needs of a population, ages served and number of programs offered in the community. Organizations must be able to describe the community need that the program addresses in the narrative.

Programs must be available to any youth across the District that meets the programs’ target population.

Organizations must serve a minimum of 30 unduplicated District youth by the end of the grant period for the entire program.

Programs must offer services for a minimum of 5 hours per day, 5 days per week for 5 consecutive weeks to the same group of youth. The District reserves the right to provide additional points for proposals that exceed the minimum dosage expectations.

Organizations’ primary vision and program focus must be on serving District youth with intentional opportunities that help youth reach developmental outcomes and have meaningful roles in their community. Proposals must clearly define how the program measures and defines outputs and outcomes to support youth achieving developmental outcomes. A logic model is requested to supplement the narrative and does not count toward the narrative page limitation.

A best practice in offering high-quality summer programming is strong partnerships. Therefore, applicants must have between 2 and 5 programmatic partners complete a short reference form directly to United Way NCA. Each reference will respond to 9 questions about the partnership. Responses from references will be provided to reviewers and will become part of the application and review. Responses from references will not be provided to the applicants and will be kept confidential.

Eligible references include program partners, volunteers and mentors, principals or school staff, family members of youth, youth, ANC Commissioners or others who can attest to the programs quality, success, and connection to the neighborhood.

Grant funds may only be used to support youth residing in the District.

No more than 10% of grant funds may be used for indirect or general operating costs such as audit, organizational rent, management salary, and grant-writing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171737

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,350,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $125,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period will run from April 1, 2019 through August 30, 2019.

Summer programming must take place sometime between June 3, 2019 and August 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating for a minimum of two years at the time of submission. Organizations designated 501(c)(3) who partner with another 501(c)(3) as a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. Applicants and fiscal sponsorsmust submit 501(c)(3) designation letters from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Organizations must have been incorporated and registered to operate in the District of Columbia. Organizations must submit a copy of the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Certificate of Incorporation or DC Registration as a Foreign Entity.

All applicants must be in good standing with the IRS as evidenced by two years of Form 990 filings, the District as evidenced by Clean Hands Certificate, and United Way NCA as evidence by meeting current and past grant expectations.

Eligible references include program partners who provides free and sustained program for participants, volunteers and mentors, principals or school staff, family members of youth, youth, ANC Commissioner, or others who can attest to the programs quality, success, and connection to the community.

Organizations may not have an overall overhead expense of more than 20% of the total annual organizational budget to qualify.

The 2019 Summer Strong DC RFP invites high-performing, fiscally responsible, non-profit, youth development organizations serving children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years with summer programming that addresses key youth developmental outcomes to apply. Organizations applying must primarily serve District children and youth and demonstrate positive youth development in the program design.

Board members, central administrators, paid staff, paid partners or contractors, family members of staff or other individuals who would directly benefit from this grant are not eligible to be a reference.

Grant funds may not be used for any of the following activities: serving youth from other jurisdictions; alcohol of any kind; bad debts; contingencies; indemnity insurance; self-insurance; pension plans; post-retirement benefit; legal expenses or professional service costs; land or building purchases or capital improvement; purchase of vehicles; entertainment or social activities; food or beverages associated with entertainment, social activities or recruitment; food or beverages for staff or volunteers; interest on loans; fines and penalties; fines and penalties of any grant awards; fundraising; investment management costs; membership to lobbying organizations or activities; direct gifts to lobbying campaigns; public relations of the organization (e.g., displays, ads, exhibits, conventions, travel); faith-based activities; staff or board bonuses and/or staff or board incentives; tuition, award and scholarships; youth cash incentives or gift cards (other than for nominal amounts); re-granting (also known as sub-granting) and payment or fees to other government agencies except as may be needed to comply with the District of Columbia’s Criminal Background Checks policy.

Grant funds may not be used in conjunction with other District of Columbia government grants, such as Department of Employment Services (DOES) or Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to serve the same program and the same youth. SYEP youth may be used as additional staff support but cannot be counted toward the grant for participants served if the organization is receiving funds from DOES.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Sessions:
United Way NCA will host information sessions to provide an overview and answer questions related to the RFP. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

Logic Model Training: Fair Chance will host workshops centered on creating program logic models:
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-24-logic-model-workshop-part-1-repeated-tickets-50993870038

Fair Chance will provide direct feedback to providers who bring in completed logic models:
- Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-24-logic-model-direct-feedback-session-part-2-tickets-50995373535

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Friday, October 5, 2018: RFP released
- Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Logic Model Workshop
- Tuesday, October 18, 2018: Grant Information Session
- Friday, October 19, 2018: Questions submitted
- Monday, October 22, 2018: Grant Information Session
- Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Frequently Asked Questions published
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018: Logic Model Workshop
- Tuesday, November 13, 2018: Logic Model Feedback Session
- Monday, November 19, 2018: Completed proposals due electronically to United Way NCA by 5:00 PM
- January 2019: If needed, questions to applicants to clarify proposals
- February 2019: Awards announced via email

Survey for references:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FY19SummerStrongReferenceCheck

Contact Information:

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

To submit a proposal, email the complete proposal and attachments to United Way NCA, grants@uwnca.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC