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School Year 2021-22 Out of School Time (OST) and Small Nonprofit Out of School Time (OST) Grants

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits to Provide Extracurricular
Programming for Local School-Aged Children and Youth

Agency Type:

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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 Office), and Learn24

Conf. Date:

06/23/21

Deadline Date:

07/07/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to provide extracurricular programming for local school-aged children and youth. Programs must use positive youth development strategies and provide young people with the tools needed to succeed in life. Funding is intended for high-quality programs that take place after regular school hours.

The Government of the District of Columbia (District) is committed to supporting children and youth in preparing for a bright future. In service of that commitment, the District is seeking to support strong nonprofit organizations that provide children and youth with high-quality out-of-school-time (OST) programming. 

Learn24 is the name for the network that supports equitable access to high-quality, OST programs for the District’s children and youth. Learn24 supports coordination among nonprofit organizations and District government agencies through targeted grant-making, data collection, evaluation, and through the provision of training, capacity building, and technical assistance to OST providers. The OST Office stewards the Learn24 brand to bring awareness of the OST Office, The Institute for Youth Development, Commission on Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, higher education partners, District agencies, philanthropic partners, and the hundreds of nonprofits and schools that offer programs to children and youth outside the school day.

The School Year 2021-22 Small Nonprofit Out of School Time RFA and The School Year 2021-22 Out of School Time RFA invite high-performing, fiscally responsible, nonprofits that focus on youth development and serve school aged children and youth with OST programs to apply. Organizations applying must serve youth with a positive youth development approach. Grant funds may only be used to serve children and youth who reside in the District of Columbia. For this RFA, the term youth will be used to describe both children and youth.

For the purposes of this RFA, OST programming is defined as a structured and supervised program offered to a group of District youth before school, after school, on weekends, or during seasonal school breaks.

School Year 2021-22 Grant Competitions:

  • School Year 2021-22 Small Nonprofit
  • School Year 2021-22 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183725

Estimated Size of Grant:

Out of School Time (OST) Grants: Applicants may request up to $150,000.
Small Nonprofit Out of School Time (OST) Grants: Applicants may request up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The program period is from October 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Small Nonprofit Grants:
Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a minimum of one (1) year. Applicants must submit 501(c)(3) designation letters from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (Appendix 6)
Fiscal sponsors are not permitted for this RFA.
Applicant must be incorporated and registered to operate in the District of Columbia. Applicants must submit a District of Columbia, Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Certificate of Incorporation or District of Columbia Registration as Foreign Entity. (Appendix 7)

Out of School Time Grants:
Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for a minimum of two (2) years at the time of submission. Applicants must submit 501(c)(3) designation letters from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Organizations may partner with another 501(c)(3) entity as a fiscal sponsor to apply.
Both applicant and fiscal sponsor must submit 501(c)(3) designation letters. (Appendix 6). Applicant and fiscal sponsor must be incorporated and registered to operate in the District of Columbia. Applicant and fiscal sponsor must submit a District of Columbia, Department of Consumer Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Certificate of Incorporation, or District of Columbia Registration as Foreign Entity. (Appendix 7)

Grant Fund Limitations:
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, recruitment; food or beverages for staff or volunteers; interest on loans; fines and penalties; fines and penalties of any grant awards; fundraising, grant-writing, or development; investment management costs or fees; 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 incentives, and any payments to members of the Board of Directors; tuition of any kind, award and scholarships of any kind; youth cash incentives or gift cards (other than nominal amounts less than $5.00 per youth); re-graning (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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Out of School Time Grants:
Grant Information Session: OST Office will host a virtual information session to provide an overview and answer questions related to the RFA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.
- Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Registration is not required. Attend the information session by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2TGl0RZ.

Logic Model Training: Learn24 will host a workshop on how to create a program logic model
- Monday, June 21, 2021 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/logic-model-workshop-tickets-157738138017
- Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 10:30 am –12:30 pm register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/logic-model-workshop-tickets-157738888261

Small Nonprofit Out of School Time Grants:
Grant Information Session: OST Office will host a virtual information session to provide an overview and answer questions related to the RFA. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.
- Tuesday, June 15, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Registration is not required. Click here to participate: https://bit.ly/3cf1AtT

Logic Model Training: Learn24 will host a workshop centered on creating a required program logic model
- Monday, June 21, 2021 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/logic-model-workshop-tickets-157738138017
- Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 10:30 am –12:30 pm, register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/logic-model-workshop-tickets-157738888261

Pre-Application Information:

Out of School Time Grants Important Dates:
- Thursday, June 17, 2021: Grant Information Session
- Monday, June 21, 2021: Logic Model Workshop
- Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Logic Model Workshop
- Tuesday, June 29, 2021: Last day that questions may be submitted
- Friday July 2, 2021: Last day that answers will be published
- Wednesday, July 7, 2021: Completed applications due electronically by 5:00 p.m.
- July 2021: If needed, questions to applicants to clarify applications
- September 2021: Awards announced via email

Small Nonprofit Out of School Time Grants:
- Tuesday, June 15, 2021: Grant Information Session
- Monday, June 21, 2021: Logic Model Workshop
- Wednesday, June 23, 2021: Logic Model Workshop
- Tuesday, June 29, 2021: Last day that questions may be submitted
- Friday, July 2, 2021: Last day that answers will be published
- Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 2020: Completed applications due electronically by 5:00 p.m.
- July 2021: If needed, questions to applicants to clarify applications
- September 2021: Awards announced via email

One application per organization will be accepted in response to this Request for Applications.

Questions and answers will be published beginning June 21, 2021. The questions and answers document will be updated regularly as questions are received.

Grant Information Session - Access the recording here: https://youtu.be/dzhei7dpQ5U

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://dcgov.seamlessdocs.com/f/SY202122_SchoolYearRFA

Questions regarding the RFA must be submitted via email to RFA.SY21-22@dc.gov

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