District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) - Division of State Initiatives (DSI)
05/01/18 12:00 PM EST
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit and for-profit organizations for the provision of high-quality mental health and physical fitness services to qualifying individuals who are interested in participating in healthy practices. Organizations will assist participants in achieving health and well-being.
The grantee shall provide structured services that 1) assist participants obtain a state of health and well-being, and more specifically the ability to perform aspects of leisure activities, occupations and daily activities and 2) guide participants through the process of improving their mental and emotional health through practices that enhance mindfulness and reduce cognitive illnesses, such as depression and anxiety.
Each application should include a two to five page program narrative (page count does not include the organizational chart, staffing plans, staff resumes, budget, budget attachments or program addendums).
The Division of State Initiatives serves DC residents with multiple barriers to employment by conducting transitional employment programs purposed to prepare DC residents for sustainability in the workforce. A core component of the program is case management supports provided to participants throughout the duration of program activity. Despite the existence of current infrastructure, DSI recognizes the need to advance these efforts to include activities that assist participants incorporate healthy living practices that result in physical and mental wellness. The inclusion of services designed to enhance physical fitness and wellness will move DSI closer to achieving its goal of holistically serving DC residents while they embark upon their journey of achieving self-sufficiency through job attainment.
Innovative & Integrated Services – Healthy Living and Mindfulness Pilot:
The grantee shall develop and deliver a physical and mental health fitness program that has an overall objective and a system to develop wellness plans that meet each participant’s needs. To develop wellness plans for each participant, the grantee shall conduct interviews with participants at onset of participation. The grantee shall deliver one-on-one physical and mental health services that include, but are not limited to the following focus areas: weight loss and management, healthy eating practices, increasing strength and stamina, psychological health, reducing rumination, reducing stress, increasing focus and lowering emotional reactivity. To accomplish these respective goals the grantee shall perform activities to include, but not be limited to: yoga, meditation, kick-boxing, strength and cardio vascular training.
The grantee shall deliver services via trained and certified/licensed physical and mental health professionals that have experience serving youth, adults and mature individuals that have demonstrated deficiencies in physical and mental health stemming from personal and professional barriers. The grantee shall deliver objective-focused and mental health services to participants for a maximum of nine (9) months. The medium by which the grantee shall deliver services is through group, or where necessary one-on-one training classes, workshops or seminars.
Throughout the period of performance the grantee shall for each individual measure success by tracking retention, progression/achievement of individual’s goals through formal and informal feedback and monitoring. At the conclusion of the period of performance, the grantee shall conduct an exit interview and survey participants to gain perspective on the customer service experience and measure the effectiveness of the program.
Grantees shall incorporate the provided DOES logos, taglines, identifiers and/or other branding on all products, programs, activities, services, resources and related property and materials funded by DOES.
1. Physical fitness: A state of health and well-being, more specifically the ability to perform aspects of sports activities, occupations and daily activities; is generally achieved through proper nutrition, moderate-vigorous physical exercise and sufficient rest.
2. Mindfulness: The psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of mediation and other training.
3. Mental health: A level of psychological well-being or absence of mental illness. It includes emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how people think, feel, and act. It also determines how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.
Rights and Responsibilities:
The responses to this RFA must be reasonable and appropriate based on the information provided within this RFA. Additionally, the grantee shall not assign or otherwise transfer any rights, duties, obligations or interest in the agreement or arising hereunder to any person, entity or entities whatsoever without the prior written consent of DOES.
Source of Grant Funding:
The funds are made available through District of Columbia appropriations. Funding for grant awards is contingent upon availability of funds. This RFA does not commit DOES to make a grant award. DOES maintains the right to adjust the number of grant awards and grant award amounts based on funding availability. Grant funds shall only be used to support activities specifically outlined in the scope of this RFA and included in the applicant’s submission.
DOES may suspend or terminate an outstanding RFA, pursuant to its own grant-making policies or any applicable federal regulation or requirement.
For the purpose of this RFA, all applicants should currently hold office/building space in the District of Columbia and be able to provide program services in the District of Columbia. However, if an applicant does not currently possess the appropriate space to conduct the required program services and are awarded the grant, they must enter into an agreement of occupancy (lease or own) within 15 days of the grant award. Each applicant must provide legal proof of ownership or occupancy of the site that will be used to host events.
Adequate proof of ownership or occupancy that may be submitted includes the following:
-Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) that shows the location has sufficient space to host the events proposed by the applicant;
-Building lease or rental agreement that is current and valid.
-The grantee shall provide structured services that 1) assist participants obtain a state of health and well-being, and, more specifically the ability to perform aspects of leisure activities, occupations and daily activities and 2) guide participants through the process of improving their mental and emotional health.
-The grantee shall develop and deliver a physical and mental health fitness program that has an overall objective and a system to develop wellness plans that meet each respective participant’s needs.
-The grantee shall deliver one-on-one physical and mental health services that include but are not limited to the following areas: weight loss and management, increasing strength and stamina, psychological health, reducing nomination, reducing stress, increasing focus and lowering emotional reactivity.
-The grantee shall deliver objective-focused physical and mental health services to participants for a maximum of nine (9) months.
-Must serve a minimum of 100 participants.
-The grantee shall measure success by tracking retention, progression of individual’s objectives through formal and informal feedback and monitoring.
All program reports and deliverables must be submitted per the schedule provided above and final program deliverables must be submitted to DOES no later than the end of the grant.
GrantWatch ID#: 183437
DOES intends to grant at least one (1) award. DOES, however reserves the right to make additional awards or no awards pending availability of funds.
The “Innovative & Integrated Services – Healthy Living and Mindfulness Pilot” will operate from the date of award through 12 months thereafter. Dependent upon the performance of the grantee, DOES may exercise option year(s) up to four additional years
Applications are accepted from both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Nonprofits must provide evidence of IRS Tax Certification.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
-Possess at least 5 years of experience providing physical fitness and mental health services to individuals with deficiencies in the respective areas.
-Provide three (3) reference letters
-Have a current and valid DC Business License
-Must be able to provide services in the District of Columbia
-Have trained and certified/licensed physical and mental health professionals
-Have access to without restriction – equipment, materials or other items needed to perform services.
-Possess working knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations and other local regulations that restrict data collection
The Pre-Application meeting is scheduled for April 23, 11:00 AM to noon at 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019, Room 4202.
Please email the address listed below if you will be attending the pre-application meeting.
Applications are due May 1st, 2018 by 12:00 PM EST.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Anthony Gamblin, Grant Specialist
RFA No.: DOES-HLMP-2018
USA: Washington, DC