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Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act Non-Profit Third-Party/Charter Support Organization Grants

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits for
Projects Within Local Charter Schools

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

Conf. Date:

06/16/21

LOI Date:

07/02/21

Deadline Date:

07/19/21 3:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for projects within local charter schools. Applicants are required to submit a notice of intent to apply prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for projects that improve student achievement and outcomes.

Through this RFA, OPCSFS is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for the following grant program:

Grants to Non-Profit Third-Party Charter Support Organizations

  • The purpose of this funding program is to provide support to DC-based nonprofit organizations with a demonstrated history of success working with DC charter schools on projects that are designed to: 1) have a direct and rapid (within two years) impact on the academic achievement and outcomes for public charter school students across multiple charter LEAs; or 2) designed to impact student outcomes at multiple charter LEAs indirectly by enhancing the organizational capacity of charter LEAs to operate as fiscally and operationally sound nonprofit organizations and schools.
  • The theory of action for each project must be supported by data and research, when available, or other evidence of rationale.
  • Funding is available for two types of assistance to charter schools, direct assistance projects and indirect assistance projects. Applicants will be asked to identify which category of funding they seek but the final determination of the category under which an application will be considered will be made by the grant review panel.

Information about Direct Assistance Projects and Indirect Assistance Projects can be found at https://communityaffairs.dc.gov/sites/moca/files/dc/sites/moca/publication/attachments/RFA.SOAR_.Third_.Party_.FY20.pdf#page=5.

Permissible Use of Funds can be found at https://communityaffairs.dc.gov/sites/moca/files/dc/sites/moca/publication/attachments/RFA.SOAR_.Third_.Party_.FY20.pdf#page=7.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189755

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

OSSE anticipates awarding approximately 7 to 10 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

OSSE will provide up to $400,000 per “direct assistance” award and up to $300,000 per “indirect assistance” award. Awards are limited to one per organization.

Term of Contract:

OSSE anticipates that the duration of this grant will be for two years from the award date. However, availability of funds from the period of April 15, 2022 to May 31, 2022 is contingent upon federal approval. If federal approval is not granted, the grant period will be from the award date to April 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Non-Profit Third-Party Charter Support Organizations:
- Must be a DC-based non-profit organization with a demonstrated history of success working with DC charter schools; and
- Must serve under this grant program two or more charter LEAs within DC and their underserved special populations for the entirety of the award period.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The suggested pre-application webinar will be held on the following dates:

- Monday, June 14, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3150451971514825998

- Wednesday, June 16, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5194182403783030542

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021. The application deadline will be strictly enforced. Applications submitted after 3 p.m. EST on Tuesday, June 9, will not be reviewed.

Timeline:
- Request for Application (RFA) Release Date: June 4, 2021
- Pre-Application Conferences (Suggested): June 14 and 16, 2021
- Notice of Intent to Apply Deadline (Mandatory): July 2, 2021
- Application Submission Deadline: July 19, 2021

Intent to Apply:
All eligible entities seeking to receive funding under this RFA must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply, signed by an authorized official of the organization, via email on or before July 2, 2021. Failure to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply will result in disqualification and the organization’s application will not be reviewed.

All applications must be submitted through the Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS).

This application will be open for 30 business days. Please avoid last-minute technical submission issues by submitting early. OSSE strongly recommends submitting your application at least one day early to ensure that avoidable technical issues do not cause you to miss the submission deadline.

OSSE estimates that it will award the grant by August 13, 2021; however this date may change.

The funds associated with this RFA are available strictly on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

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

Submit Notice of Intent to opcsfs.funding@dc.gov.

Apply Online: grants.osse.dc.gov

To receive more information on this grant, please contact:
Karin Gilder
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
1050 First Street, NE, Fifth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002
Email: Karin.Gilder@dc.gov

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