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FY 2020 Healthy Tots Wellness Grant (HTWG)

Grants to Washington, DC Community Organizations to Support
Wellness Program Development in Childcare Facilities

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) - Division of Health and Wellness (H&W)

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08/05/19 3:00 PM EST Receipt


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Grants starting at $50,000 per year to Washington, DC community-based organizations to assist local early child development facilities in implementing health and wellness initiatives. Grant recipients will provide assistance in implementing programs, as well as support and training to child care staff, facility leadership, parents, and families.

The intended beneficiaries of the HTWG are young children between the ages of 0 through 5 who attend community-based child development facilities in the District of Columbia. OSSE encourages applicants to include populations that are systematically underrepresented and children with special needs. OSSE will prioritize awarding grants to organizations that provide services to child development facilities that operate in wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 and participate in CACFP.

The purpose of the HTWG is to support the dissemination of healthy eating, physical activity, and wellness programming in the District of Columbia early child care community. As such, the grant supports individual behavior changes as well as policy and environmental changes that will promote good health for child development facilities, including licensed community-based facilities and homes.

OSSE is awarding funding to organizations that can provide technical assistance and help implement programming at targeted community-based child development facilities in the District of Columbia. The selected applicants will be required to build capacity and sustainable partnerships within the early learning community.

Applicants will be awarded funding to implement programming in these five areas:

- Nutrition Education and Family Style Dining
- Gardening and/or Environmental Sustainability
- Farm to Childcare and Local Food Procurement
- Physical Activity and Education
- Staff Wellness and Center Wellness Policy

For general program requirements and specific requirements of each program area, see pages 9-17 of the RFA:

For information on additional eligible activities, see the RFA:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186223

Number of Grants:

OSSE anticipates awarding between 3-5 applicants, pending funding availability.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each awarded organization may receive anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 for each fiscal year in the grant period.

Term of Contract:

This grant period covers two fiscal years and is from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2021, contingent upon funding availability and the grantee’s satisfactory implementation of the proposed program. Year one spans from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020. Year two spans October 1st, 2020 through September 30, 2021. Applicants must re-apply for the second year funding

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OSSE will accept applications from community-based organizations (CBOs) that can demonstrate expertise and success working with young children in one or more of these following areas:

- Gardening
- Environmental Sustainability
- Farm to Childcare
- Local Food Procurement
- Nutrition Education
- Family Style Dining
- Physical Activity and Education
- Staff Wellness
- Writing and implementing wellness policies

Family day care homes are eligible to participate in this grant, but can only apply under the fiscal sponsorship of a CBO or approved Family Day Care sponsor.

The funds MAY NOT be used for:

- Travel expenses outside of to and from child care sites, OSSE mandated trainings, and grant related special events (ex: hotels, airline tickets, and per diem).
- Equipment or other valuable electronics (phones, computers, printers) that are not part of the program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Healthy Tots Wellness Grant Pre-Application Information Session

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2019 Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 1050 First St NE, Room 324
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Applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the Pre-Application Information Session. A recording of the information session will be available on the OSSE website:

Pre-Application Information:


- Announcement Date: June 3, 2019
- RFA Release Date: June 17, 2019
- Pre-Application Information Session: June 27, 2019
- Pre-Application Questions Submission Due: July 8, 2019
- Application Submission Deadline: August 5, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

To ensure an equal opportunity for all applicants, OSSE requests that applicants submit questions regarding the RFA electronically to Patrilie Hernandez by 3:00 pm July 8, 2019. Answers to submitted questions will be made available by July, 15 2019. Questions submitted after this deadline date will not receive responses. Responses to questions will be published on the FAQ page.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate partnership with at least five child care development facilities through a letter of commitment or letter of interest. During the second year of the grant, the grantee must grow their program by bringing on at least five additional child care development facilities, to a total minimum of ten facilities in the two year grant period.

OSSE will notify all applicants of the final award decision no later than September 23, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

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Patrilie Hernandez, MS
Management Analyst
Healthy Tots Program
Division of Health and Wellness
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
1050 First St NE, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
O: (202) 699-8076
C: (202) 394-2451

Division of Health and Wellness
(202) 442-3268

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC