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Summer Strong Small Nonprofit 2022 Grant

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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), and Learn24

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12/06/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for summer programming for children and youth that encourage youth development. Priority is given to programs that serve at-risk youth. Funding is intended for positive youth programs that will help children and youth develop into productive members of society.

The Summer Strong Small Nonprofit 2022 Out of School Time RFA invites high-performing, fiscally responsible, nonprofits that focus on youth development and serve school age children and youth with summer 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.

Summer programs have been shown to support academic recovery and reduce summer learning loss. The typical summer learning loss experienced in a regular year can often be reduced through participation in a summer program, especially when that program focuses on an academic area the youth enjoy. This summer OST programs are more important than ever and will provide both social-emotional learning (SEL) and academic support. The continued impacts of COVID have exacerbated the need to provide support and academic recovery for youth most at-risk.

For the purposes of this RFA, summer programming is defined as a structured, supervised learning, and youth development opportunity offered to a distinct group of District youth during the summer months for a minimum of 5 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 5 consecutive weeks. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 184484

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is from May 2, 2022 through August 27, 2022.

Summer programming must take place for a minimum of 5 continuous weeks between June 13, 2022, and August 27, 2022. Programming may occur at any time during the program period to meet the minimum dosage, but the weeks of programming must be continuous.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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).A (Appendix 7). Fiscal sponsors are not permitted for this RFA.

In order to qualify for this grant competition, the organization must have a budget of $250,000 or less. The organization’s annual overhead expenses, or indirect costs, should not exceed 30% of the total budget.

Applicant must be incorporated and registered to operate in the District of Columbia and be in good standing as evidenced by currently valid:
i. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Basic Business or Charitable Solicitation License (Appendix 8)
ii. DCRA Certificate of Good Standing (Appendix 9)
iii. Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) Clean Hands Certificate (Appendix 10)

If the applicant is a prior Learn24 grantee, the applicant must also be in compliance with all prior grant agreements.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

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. There will be separate sessions held for the various grant competitions currently available. Organizations should attend the information session associated with the specific RFA.

November 8, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Registration is not required. Attend the information session by clicking here:

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- November 8, 2021: Grant Information Session – Small Nonprofit RFA
- Tuesday, November 30, 2021: Last day that questions may be submitted
- Friday, December 3, 2021: Last day that answers will be published
- Monday, December 6, 2021: Completed applications due electronically by 5:00 p.m.
- December 2021: If needed, questions to applicants to clarify applications
- March 2022: Awards announced via email

Questions and answers will be published beginning November 5, 2021. Once published, the questions and answers will be updated regularly as questions are received. Responses to questions will be provided through the document within 36 hours of receipt, except on weekends. Questions and answers can be found at

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