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Pathways for Young Adults Program (PYAP) Innovation Grants Program – Post Secondary Education and Entrepreneurship

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, IHEs, and Businesses
for Youth Education and Entrepreneurship Programs

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District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) - Office of Youth Programs (OYP)

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01/07/19 12:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $93,750 to Washington, DC nonprofits, IHEs, secondary schools, and businesses for youth development programs within the District. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended for programs to assist youth in entering and being successful in higher education and business ventures.

The purpose of this PYAP Innovation Grants Program is to support the delivery of innovative workforce services that will drastically improve the opportunities in Post- Secondary Education and Entrepreneurship for youth between the ages of 18-24. Youth must be a recipient of a high school diploma or GED and not currently enrolled in school.

In accordance with WIOA, Grantees shall provide out-of-school activities and programs to eligible youth consisting of the following core components:
1) Tutoring,
2) Alternative secondary school services,
3) Paid and unpaid work experiences,
4) Occupational skill training,
5) Education offered concurrently with workforce preparation and training,
6) Leadership development opportunities,
7) Supportive services,
8) Adult mentoring,
9) Follow-up services,
10) Comprehensive guidance and counseling,
11) Financial literacy education,
12) Entrepreneurial skills training,
13) Services that provide labor market and employment information,
14) Post-secondary education and training preparation activities.

Education Pathway:

The Post-Secondary Education pathway under PYAP Innovation Grants Program will provide the educational fundamentals around pre-college preparation, re engagement with college, educational financial literacy and enrollment in a Post-Secondary Institution.

Recipients of the PYAP Innovation Grants Program will aid youth in at least one of the two outcomes: (1) In-Program Skills Gain or (2) Enrollment into a Post-Secondary Institution.

Applicants will develop a model based upon a theory of action that supports the PYAP Innovation Grants Program logic model. The model should address at a minimum the following elements.
1. Three phases(s): College Exploration, College Financial Preparation and Enrollment into a Post-Secondary Institution;
2. Assessment of youth to determine pre-college preparation plans: New students enrolling in Post-Secondary Institutions for the first time and/or re-engaging youth to return to Post-Secondary Institutions after an identified gap in educational plans;
3. Awareness and guidance on college applications and scholarships;
4. 85% of youth participants receiving a DOES approved in-program skills gain and 75% of youth enrolling into a Post-Secondary Institution by Fall 2019;
5. 35% of selected candidates will receive an international educational experience

The Office of Youth Program (OYP) aims to fund integrated service models that explore pathways which lead to post-secondary enrollment at an accredited trade/vocational school, community college, college and/or university.

Entrepreneurship Pathway:

The Entrepreneurship pathway under PYAP Innovation Grants Program will provide educational fundamentals and guidance around entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business incorporation, business plan development, business foundation building and launching a business to obtain a life-sustaining income.

Recipients of the PYAP Innovation Grants Program will aid youth in the creation of the business that leads to at least one of the two outcomes: (1) In-Program Skills Gain and/or (2) Credential Attainment.

Applicants will develop a model based upon a theory of action that supports the PYAP Innovation Grants Program Entrepreneurship Program logic model. The model should address at a minimum the following elements:
1. Three phase(s): Financial Literacy Training, Business Plan Development, and Foundations for building a business;
2. Awareness of supply and demand based upon the Labor Market Information of local and regional geography;
3. Business Plan Development to be shared with various stakeholders including potential funders;
4. 85% of youth participants receiving a DOES approved in-program skills gain and 75% of youth participants obtaining a Business License Credential or a Fast-Track Nationally Recognized Credential (Not to exceed 25% of youth participants);
5. Supports for weekly and monthly interaction including financial literacy, mentorship, fundraising and start-up capital, networking and membership in appropriate organizations, and special incentives for performance.

DOES OYP will fund integrated service models that explore pathways to building a business and a successful business launch.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184876

Number of Grants:

Two Education Pathway grants and two Entrepreneurship Pathway grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each applicant can apply for a maximum of $93,750.

Term of Contract:

The PYAP Innovation Grants Program will operate from the date of award through September 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that are eligible to apply for this grant include public and private non-profits and for-profit organizations with demonstrated effectiveness providing the requested services and meeting the needs of the target population, including:
- Non-profit, community, or faith-based organizations;
- Community colleges or other postsecondary institutions;
- Public, charter, or alternative secondary schools;
- Trade associations or chambers of commerce;
- Private, for-profit service providers; or
- Labor unions, labor-management partnerships, or registered apprenticeship programs.

For the purpose of this RFA, all Applicants must provide services in the District of Columbia and be eligible to conduct business with the Government of the District of Columbia.

The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act, Section 129(a) (1) (B) defines eligible “Out of School Youth”, according to the following:
1) Out-of-school youth must be aged 16-24,
2) not attending any school, and meet one or more additional conditions, which could include:
- School dropout; within age of compulsory attendance but has not attended for at least the most recent complete school year calendar quarter;
- Holds a secondary school diploma or recognized equivalent and is low-income and is basic skills deficient or an English language learner;
- Subject to the juvenile or adult justice system;
- Homeless,
- Runaway,
- In foster care or aged out of the foster care system,
- Eligible for assistance under Section 477, Social Security Act, or
- In out-of-home placement;
- Pregnant or parenting;
- An individual with a disability;
- Low income person who requires additional assistance to enter or complete an educational program or to secure and hold employment

Please note that WIOA defines Out of School Youth at 16-24, however PYAP-IG program will serve youth 18-24.

Food for staff or participants enrolled in the program is not an allowable expense under this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Conference:

Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20019

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Attendance is highly encouraged.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit Letter of Intent to apply no later than Friday, December 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM via the Grants Management System.

Application Submission Deadline: Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Each applicant, whether successful or unsuccessful, will receive notification of the final decision on the application.

Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online:

LaShaun Basil
Grant Specialist
Office of Grants Administration and Resource Allocation
Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Suite 5300
Washington, DC 20019

Funding or Pin Number:

DOES-OYP-Innovation-2019-A, DOES-OYP-Innovation-2019-B

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC