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Grants to New York City CBOs for Elementary, Middle, and
High School Programs that Improve Educational Outcomes

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New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) - Office of Community Schools (OCS)

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10/16/20 2:00 PM


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Grants to New York City community-based organizations to improve educational outcomes in local schools. Applicants must pre-qualify prior to applying. Funding is intended to enhance student achievement, increase graduation rates, and promote equitable outcomes for vulnerable populations in elementary school through high school. The Community Schools model has an integrated focus on academics, physical and mental health services, social services, expanded learning opportunities, positive youth development, and family and community supports.

Through collaborative planning, strategic resource allocation, and community-based partnerships, Community Schools create welcoming supportive environments that help students navigate barriers and build on strengths so that every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. In New York City, the Community School Strategy has been proven to be effective in increasing graduation rates and student achievement and in reducing chronic absenteeism and disciplinary incidents.

Lead CBOs will coordinate all partners and align services with the NYCDOE’s school goals. Proposers, in conjunction with school leadership, staff, students, families, and communities, will be required to develop and implement the four evidenced-based features of the Community School Strategy:

  • Collaborative Leadership and Practice
  • Family and Community Empowerment
  • Expanded Learning Time (ELT)
  • Wellness and Integrated Supports

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GrantWatch ID#: 192161

Term of Contract:

The awarded contracts will be for a term of three (3) years with the option to extend for three (3) additional years. The anticipated contract period is July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New York City qualified community‐based organizations (Lead CBOs) are eligible to apply.

Awards will be made on a per-school basis, with the exception of co-located sites, where a single award will be made for the schools sharing the same campus.

The entity submitting the proposal must meet all minimum qualifications as stated herein. Proposals that fail to meet all minimum qualifications will not be considered.
- Proposer(s) must have a minimum of five (5) years of successful experience in providing the services or for projects of a similar nature and scope as those required in this RFP; preferably in an urban setting, to a large, socioeconomically and culturally diverse school system(s) and/or related educational organization(s). Examples that may meet this requirement include, but are not limited to, community school development; parent and student engagement work; organizing community support for a school; expanded learning, enrichment, or other youth programming such as peer mentoring and youth leadership councils; and adult education programming.
- Proposer(s) must provide three (3) letters of reference, with their contact information, from schools, school systems, and/or related educational organization(s) for projects or services of a similar nature and scope as required in this RFP. Each reference must state the dates, locations, description of the services provided and any outcomes or results.

Proposers may join other organizations to submit a proposal. In the event a proposer submits a proposal and is awarded a contract on behalf of a group of organizations, the contract would be between the NYCDOE and the proposer. Those other participating organizations are designated subcontractors.

Only organizations with approved Business Application and Service Applications for at least one of the following services will be eligible to propose to this RFP:
- Academic Supports
- Community Engagement
- Language Skills
- Life Skills
- Health Education and Supports
- Literacy
- Recreational Services
- Child Care
- Mental Health Services
- Case Management
- Preventive Services
- Food and Nutrition
- Outreach
- Conflict Resolution/Mediation
- Work Readiness

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Pre-Proposal Conference will occur online at 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. EST on September 14, 2020. The City of New York will be utilizing the Microsoft Teams platform.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due no later than October 16, 2020, by 2:00 PM EST.

To apply, vendors must first complete and submit an electronic prequalification application using the City’s HHS Accelerator System.

Questions must be submitted no later than 4:00 PM EST on September 21, 2020.

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