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for Summer Youth Camps

Summer Strong Coordinating Entity 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), United Way of the National Capital Area (NCA), and Learn24

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12/06/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations to provide summer camps for children and youth between the ages of 5 and 17 in eligible regions. Priority is given to programs that serve at-risk youth. Funding is intended for organizations providing intentional opportunities to help youth reach developmental outcomes and have meaningful roles in their community.

The Summer Strong Coordinating Entity 2022 RFA invites high-performing, fiscally responsible, nonprofit youth development organizations serving children and youth to apply for this grant competition. Organizations applying must demonstrate (1) experience managing a summer camp or youth programming, (2) experience managing subcontractors or willingness to work with subcontractors, and (3) ability to implement evidence-based practices that support positive youth development. This RFA is being offered in partnership with DCHA and DHS. The intent of this RFA is to select coordinating entities that will manage high-quality summer camps and subcontract with grassroots entities to provide educational, social, emotional, and physical health opportunities and activities for children and youth at any DCHA or DHS properties agreed upon for children and youth ages 5-17. The OST Office will issue an RFA in December for subcontractors to apply to work with the coordinating entity. Organizations applying must serve youth through a positive youth development approach. Organizations may serve children and youth who reside outside the District, however, these funds may only be applied to children and youth1 who reside in the District. For this RFA, the term youth will be used to describe both children and youth.

For the purposes of this RFA, summer camp is defined as a structured, supervised learning or youth development opportunity offered to a distinct group of District youth during the summer months for a minimum of 8 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 6 consecutive weeks.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184519

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

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

Summer programming must take place for a minimum of 6 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. Specific weeks may be determined by key stakeholders such as resident council, DCHA, or DHS.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must have a 501(c)(3) non-profit status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and have been operating for a minimum of two (2) years at the time of submission. Applicant must submit 501(c)(3) designation letters.

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 the 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 9, 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 9, 2021: Grant Information Session – Coordinating Entity 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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