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Public Education Program Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits for
Outreach Programs to Promote Employee Rights

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District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) - Office of Wage Hour (OWH)

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03/21/19 5:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants of up to $60,000 to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for programs to promote citizen awareness of employee rights. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support outreach services to the general public as well as to disadvantaged communities regarding wage laws, benefits, and claim filing procedures.

This grant opportunity is intended to increase outreach efforts and raise awareness of the District’s wage laws and inform residents and employees of proper procedures to file a claim, when their rights are violated. By utilizing the non-profit community, DOES OWH will be able to tap into an already existing network that engages with residents and employees daily. This grant opportunity will provide non-profits with the necessary tools needed to facilitate public education forums for employers, employees and residents, provide referrals for employees interested in filing a claim, and build a more open relationship with residents, employees and employers.

The objective of the program is to increase the public awareness regarding employee rights and employer responsibilities regarding wage laws and benefits. The organizations selected must have a proven track record for implementing effective outreach strategies to the public in the District of Columbia, convening stakeholders, holding public meetings, and working in partnerships in a collaborative manner. The two selected grantees will be required to report data detailing the number of referrals received, contacts made with employers, employees, and residents, and planned events. Non-profits selected will be responsible for performing their work in their assigned wards and each nonprofit will be responsible for four wards – which will be assigned by DOES. Additionally, grantees will be responsible for facilitating joint evening events with DOES OWH, where intakes will also be performed. Organizations will also be required to submit a work plan and schedule of proposed events

Each program must include and detail the following outreach elements for a) employees, employers and b) the broader public:

1. Diverse and underserved communities
2. Outreach and public education strategies
3. Media and promotion
4. Employer education and outreach a. Small Businesses
5. Approach and strategies to share information and referrals with DOES
6. Language capacity [English, Spanish, and other languages as needed]
7. Grant management and reporting a. Organization and staff qualifications
8. Collaborative strategies for working with the District

Organizations that are selected for this grant opportunity are responsible for the following outcomes:

- Make contact with a minimum of 250 employers and 500 employees within the year.
- Expand and diversify outreach by providing translation services for Latino and Asian/Pacific Islander communities during events.
- Provide a minimum of 250 District employers with required notices and information regarding wage laws.
- Assist DOES OWH with providing support to other District agencies through strategic outreach. Grantees must have the capacity to give businesses a full training on the wage law requirements once they have received training from the Office of Wage-Hour

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185388

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Number of Grants:

DOES intends to grant up to two awards. DOES, however reserves the right to make additional awards or no awards pending availability of funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Grant Award: $60,000

Term of Contract:

The “Office of Wage-Hour Public Education Program” will operate from the date of award through 12 months thereafter.

The Department of Employment Services reserves the sole right to exercise a single option beyond the original period of performance contingent upon the availability of funding and satisfactory performance from the grantee.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

1. The proposed grantee must be a D.C. based nonprofit who operates in the District and has substantial experience in the following areas:
a) Developing and launching new programs
b) Servicing vulnerable residents, neighborhoods, and wards
c) Outreach activities to local business and communities
d) Supporting groups in outreach initiatives
e) Promoting Public Education
f) Managing grants and reporting (financial and programmatic)
2. Possesses the internal capacity and expertise to fulfill the outcomes identified for this program
3. Be fiscally sound, and
4. Has adequate office and training space to accommodate potential community events and program needs.

All applicants must currently hold office space in the District of Columbia and be able to provide program services in the District of Columbia. Each applicant must provide legal proof of ownership or occupancy of the site that will be used to host events.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Pre-Application Meeting will be held at the Department of Employment Services in room 5201 (see Contact Information below) on March 5th, 2019 at 11:00 am.

Please email if you will be attending the pre-application meeting.

Pre-Application Information:


- Release Date - Request for Applications: February 22nd, 2019
- Pre-Application Meeting: March 5th, 2019 @ 11:00am
- Letter of Intent Due: March 7th, 2019 by 5:00pm
- Grant Application Due: March 21st, 2019 by 5:00pm

All potential applicants must submit a “Letter of Intent” (LOI). In order to be considered for funding, complete applications must be received electronically via Grants Management System. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. est. on March 21st, 2019 will not be considered for funding.

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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.

Apply Online:

Anthony Gamblin

Department of Employment Services
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 724-7000

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