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Workplace Leave Navigators – Services for Employers

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits, IHEs, For-Profits, and
Unions to Educate DC-Area Employers on Employment Law

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District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) - Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL)

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Deadline Date:

12/01/20 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Washington, DC nonprofits, IHEs, unions, and businesses for programs to educate DC-area employers about legally mandated leave rights. Funding is intended to provide education and information to employers and to assist them in understanding and navigating work laws for themselves and for their employees.

Applicants may apply to provide services in either or both of the following categories:

  • Category 1 – Services are to be rendered individually and directly to clients (employers).
  • Category 2 – Services are to be rendered publicly and generally to District employers as a group as audience members or consumers of the information.

Applicants awarded funds to provide services in either category must provide all of the services in that category. In addition, applicants may apply to provide educational and outreach services to healthcare providers in the DMV region about workplace leave laws. Awarded amounts will be commensurate with the range of proposed services.

Special consideration will be given to applicants who intend to provide services in additional languages (beyond English), to include Amharic, Chinese, French, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The goals of the Workplace Leave Navigator grant program are to:

  1. Increase knowledge and awareness of workplace leave laws that affect employers and employees in the District of Columbia;
  2. Improve the quality of employers’ and employees’ decision making when taking actions related to workplace leave by providing the resources necessary to make more fully informed and legally compliant decisions; and
  3. Raise the level of compliance with workplace leave laws among both employers and employees in the District.

Grant funds shall be used to provide services only to employers who employ at least 50% of their workforce in the District of Columbia.

Applicants intending to provide services to employers in either or both of the above categories may also apply within this RFA to provide the following optional service to healthcare providers:

  1. Outreach and training in a general capacity to health care providers or associations of health care providers in the DMV area on workplace leave laws, policies, and programs that could affect their patients and for which they may receive documentation requests; and
  2. Specific guidance to individual health care providers on the requirements for completing documentation related to their patients’ workplace leave.

For further details on the services included in each category, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 193101

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Number of Grants:

DOES intends to grant at least one award in each category.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Category 1: Funding amount up to $250,000
- Category 2: Funding amount up to $100,000
- Services for Healthcare Providers: Funding amount up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

The “Workplace Leave Navigator Services for Employers” grant will operate from the date of the start of services as specified in the NOGA through 12 months thereafter.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants that are eligible to apply for this grant include the following:
- Non-profit organizations
- Businesses
- Professional or trade associations
- Unions
- Not-for-profit colleges or universities

All applicants must also demonstrate to the satisfaction of DOES that the applicant:
- Has experience representing individual employees in matters related to workplace leave laws or policies;
- Has staff with expertise in workplace leave laws, policies, or programs; and
- Has demonstrated exemplary results based upon their past performance in matters related to workplace leave laws, policies, and programs.

In addition, all applicants must be:
- Current on payment of all federal and District taxes, including Unemployment Insurance and Paid Family Leave taxes, and Workers' Compensation premiums;
- Have no negative past performance records on DOES contracts and or grants;
- Not listed on any federal or local excluded parties’ lists;
- Able to provide a District of Columbia clean hands certificate that is dated within 30 days of award; and
- Compliant with all insurance requirements stipulated by the District of Columbia, Office of Risk Management.

All services must be conducted in the District of Columbia and provided to employers who employ at least 50% of their workforce in the District of Columbia. Grantees awarded funds to provide services to healthcare providers may provide services within the DMV area.

Food for staff or participants enrolled in the program is not an allowable expense under this grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Meeting
Virtual Platform: Microsoft Teams
Date and Time: Friday, November 13, 2020 @ 11:00am
(Please email if you will be attending the pre-application meeting to receive the meeting invite link.)

Pre-Application Information:

Application Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020 by 5:00 PM

Grantees who are awarded funds in the Services for Healthcare Providers category may apply to receive up to 50% of the funds attributable to services in this category up front as a base grant amount. The remainder of the funds shall be released on a monthly cost reimbursement basis.

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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Please direct question about this grant to:
Demetries M. Saunders

DOES General Counsel
4058 Minnesota Avenue NE, Suite #5800
Washington DC 20019

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