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Innovative and Integrated Services – Mentorship and Supportive Services Pilot

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and For-Profits for
Mentorship Services for Offenders Reentering the Workforce

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District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) - Division of State Initiatives (DSI)

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05/01/18 12:00 PM


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit and for-profit organizations to provide employment mentorship services for individuals who have been incarcerated. The program will offer structured services that ensure workforce sustainability and address employment barriers for program beneficiaries.


The Division of State Initiatives (DSI) seeks the services of a qualified grantee to provide high-quality, structured mentorship to DOES customers that have experienced a period of incarceration. The grantee shall provide structured services that 1) establish a trusting relationship with accountability and responsibility from the mentor and mentee; and 2) establish a mentoring program that focuses on the rehabilitative needs of the offender using a continuum of care that creates a growing and healthy relationship.


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 services. Despite the existence of current infrastructure, DSI recognizes the need to advance these efforts to include mentorship services for participants that have experienced a period of incarceration. The inclusion of mentorship services for participants previously incarcerated will provide an added resource needed for participants that are embarking upon the journey of self-sufficiency while grappling with the process of reintegrating into their community.

Innovative & Integrated Services – Mentorship Supportive Service Pilot:

The grantee shall develop and deliver a mentoring program that has an overall objective and a system to develop a set of objectives between a mentor and mentee. The grantee shall deliver one-on-one and group mentoring services that include, but are not limited to, focus areas such as: skills development, goal setting/career planning, problem solving networking, building and maintaining health relationships and reintegrating into the community.

The grantee shall deliver services via mentors that have experience serving youth and adults that have barriers to professional and personal development stemming from a period of incarceration. The mentor should deliver objective-focused mentoring to participants for a maximum of nine (9) months. Throughout the mentorship experience the grantee shall measure success by tracking retention, progression through the objectives and formal and informal feedback from participants. At the conclusion of the mentor experience, the grantee shall conduct an exit interview and survey to gain perspective on the customer experience and measure effectiveness.


Mentoring: A professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that enhance the mentee’s professional and personal growth.

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.

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.

Location Requirements:

For the purpose of this RFA, all applicants must currently hold office space in the District of Columbia and be able to provide program services in the District of Columbia. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183438

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Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards 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.

Term of Contract:

The “Innovative & Integrated Services – Mentorship Supportive Services 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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Nonprofits must provide evidence of IRS Tax Certification.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:
-Have at least two (2) years of experience conducting mentoring services for individuals that were previously incarcerated.
-Provide three (3) reference letters
-Have a current and valid DC Business License
-Must be able to provide services in the District of Columbia
-Possess working knowledge of HIPAA rules and regulations and other local regulations that restrict data collection.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Pre-Application Meeting is scheduled for April 24, 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.

Pre-Application Information:

The application submission deadline is May 1st, 2018 by 12:00 PM.

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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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USA: Washington, DC