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2019 Small Nonprofit Summer Strong DC

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits
for Summer Youth Programs

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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

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Deadline Date:

11/19/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $25,000 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 youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years. Preference will be given to applicants that serve youth who are most in need or at-risk and require access to high-quality, low- or no-cost summer opportunities. Considerations for need include family income, specific populations, neighborhood conditions, ages served and number of programs offered in the community. Organizations must be able to describe the specific 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 15 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. Organization must have offered the program for at least one year. Organizations must clearly describes how the program measures and defines outputs and outcomes to support youth achieving developmental outcomes. This may be communicated via a logic model.

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.

A minimum of 80% of grant funds awarded must be applied to direct program costs such as program staff salary and benefits, program supplies and materials, curricula, program evaluation, or educational/learning field trip expenses. Not more than 20% of grant funds may be used for general operating costs, overhead or indirect costs (costs that cannot be tied directly to programming) such as audits, management salary, administrative, rent, and grant-writing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184484

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $25,000.

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. Applicants must 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 DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) Certificate of Incorporation.

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

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, may not exceed 20% of the total budget.

2019 Small Nonprofit Summer Strong DC RFP invites District of Columbia based, high-performing, fiscally responsible, nonprofit, youth development organizations serving children and youth between the ages of 5 – 21 years with summer programming to address key youth developmental outcomes to apply. Organizations applying must serve youth with a general philosophy of positive youth development. Organizations applying must primarily serve District children and youth and demonstrate positive youth development in the program design.

Organizations do not need to be a member of United Way NCA to apply for this grant competition.

Fiscal sponsors are not eligible to apply.

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; vehicles; entertainment or social activities; food or beverages associated with entertainment; 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; youth cash incentives or gift cards (other than for nominal amounts); tuition, awards and scholarships; 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 an information session to provide an overview and answer questions related to the RFP. Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM:
Southeast Neighborhood Library
403 7th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates
- Friday, October 5, 2018: RFP released
- Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Questions submitted
- Wednesday, October 31, 2018: Frequently Asked Questions published
- Thursday, November 1, 2018: Grant Information Session
- Monday, November 19, 2018: Completed proposals due electronically to United Way NCA by 5:00 PM
- November 2018: Review Panels
- February 2019: Awards announced via email

Only one proposal per organization will be accepted in response to this Request for Proposals.

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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,

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC