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FY 2020 Families First DC Project

Grants to Washington, DC Organizations for Place-Based
Community Initiatives to Create Strong, Resilient Families

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District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA)

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09/23/19 2:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, private organizations, public organizations, and faith-based organizations for community initiatives to create strong, resilient families. Funding is intended for place-based programs that address multiple areas of family life to improve well-being and stability.

Families First DC is a neighborhood-based, whole family approach for vulnerable families who live in DC. Families First DC is designed to disrupt the way services are delivered in ten neighborhoods where barriers to well-being, economic opportunity, and achievement are most acute. As part of the District’s evolution in how it interacts with its customers, Families First DC will be a neighborhood-based, neighborhood-driven approach aimed at reducing disparities and creating stronger, more resilient families through meaningful access to District services. Research from the child welfare field is increasingly showing that a community approach can enhance family functioning. By enhancing the safety net available to families within the communities where they live, the goal is to create an environment that enhances the parent’s ability to make good decisions for their families

Families First DC has the following goals:

  • Empower communities – through a place-based approach, neighborhoods, and families will envision and create Family Success Centers that will meet their specific needs. Community Advisory Committees will be established, neighborhood action planning will be employed, and strategically tailored community-based grants will be provided to fill services gaps to meet their community’s needs.
  • Integrate Services – the Family Success Centers will be uniquely designed by each community to facilitate access to existing government resources and new initiatives tailored to meet families’ needs.
  • Focus Upstream – The Family Success Centers will focus on increasing protective factors and mitigating trauma to build on community and family strengths. Services will be designed to prevent crises through early engagement, offer assistance to meet families’ basic needs, respond flexibly to the needs of families and the communities, and provide services outside of a traditional office setting. 

Services will be focused on residents residing in the target areas, with an emphasis on families not yet involved with the child welfare system. However, services can be accessed by any resident across the District. Funds will support the cost of planning for and implementation of community-driven, place-based initiatives focusing on multiple aspects of an evidence-based model will be used to provide services to children and families. The Applicant will provide a plan that includes the number of families estimated to be served within each year of the grant period. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 186650

Number of Grants:

Multiple grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible organizations can be awarded up to $250,000 for up to 10 awards in the nine-month base planning period and $400,000 per year for up to four option years to implement place-based family support initiatives.

Term of Contract:

Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to have a community engagement and planning process started by January 1, 2020, and the program fully implemented by September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Applications will be accepted only from non-profit, community-based organizations which meet established criteria, demonstrate the ability to meet the needs identified in this RFA, and who are able to commit to implementing the
program measures over the grant period. Organizations may partner together to offer separate but coordinated components of the program but must identify a Lead Applicant.
- The following are eligible organizations/entities who can apply for grant funds under this RFA: Non-profit organizations; Private organizations; Public organizations; Faith-based organizations. Consideration for funding shall be organizations meeting the above eligibility criteria and having documentation of providing services for families in the neighborhood(s) the organization applies to serve.
- Partnerships between organizations are welcomed.
- Applicants must provide letters of commitment, co-applications, or letters of support for existing partnerships if performance will depend on another organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Pre-Application Conference will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019, to answer any questions or concern regarding the RFA. The Pre-Application Conference will be held at 200 I St SE Washington DC 20003 at 10:00 AM.

Participants are to arrive on-time with a valid I.D to be checked in at the Security Desk.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for electronic submissions is 2:00 PM on Friday, September 9, 2019. Late applications will not be forwarded to the review panel.

- Announcement date: Monday, August 5, 2019
- Request for applications release date: Friday, August 9, 2019
- Pre-application meeting: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
- Application submission deadline: Monday, September 23, 2019
- Award announcement by: Friday, October 25, 2019

Contact Information:

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

The application must be submitted to:
Markeeta Barnes, Contract Specialist
Contracts and Procurement Administration
Government of the District of Columbia
Child and Family Services Agency
200 I St SE
Washington, DC 20003

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