OST RFP

Out-Of-School Time Request For Proposals

 

VISION

All youth in Metro United Way’s seven county region have access to high quality out-of-school time programs that improve their skills and abilities, and support them in graduating high school prepared for college and life.

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STRATEGIC FOCUS

Improve access and participation for vulnerable youth to quality out-of-school time programs. Vulnerable populations are defined as having low high school graduation college and career readiness rates. Local data indicates that populations that show lower than average readiness rates are: African American, individuals with disabilities, Hispanic, limited English proficiency and low income.

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AWARD OVERVIEW

  • Metro United Way will accept proposals online only.
  • The online submission website will be open from March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017. Please contact Cindy Lehnert at cindy.lehnert@metrounitedway.org to receive a link and login credentials.
  • Notification of awards will take place in early June 2017.
  • Awards will be for a two-year period, July 2017 through June 2019. Annual funding will be approved for the first year, and if expectations are met and resources are available, repeated for a second year.
  • Metro United Way’s ability to pay out the investment dollars is contingent upon our ability to collect the funds pledged. Payments will be made monthly July 2017 through June 2019.
  • Priority will be given to programs that:
    • Increase access and participation for middle and high school aged youth.
    • Increase access and participation for vulnerable populations.

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ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Maintain federal status as a tax exempt, not-for-profit organization.
  • Serve youth in Metro United Way’s seven county region; Bullitt, Jefferson, Oldham and Shelby Counties in Kentucky and Clark, Floyd and Harrison Counties in Indiana.
  • Sign a grant agreement upon award and adhere to the items within.
  • Adhere to the Metro United Way commitment to model diversity and inclusion: 

    • Metro United Way reflects diversity in its organizational governance, volunteer structure, staffing, funding decisions and policies. Through our commitment to diversity, we strive to be a role model in our community, joining with other organizations to strengthen an effective human service system that reaches out to all people in our seven-county community. Metro United Way’s Diversity and Inclusion Plan reflects its own commitment to diversity in its Board of Directors, volunteer governance and structure, staffing and purchasing.

      Metro United Way requires funded agencies to practice without discrimination in accordance with the law. Each agency receiving funding from Metro United Way agrees to:

      Demonstrate a commitment to model diversity and inclusion, striving to reflect the many faces and walks of life which make up our regional community, in its Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and those served by the agency. Diversity and inclusion are defined as follows:

      • Diversity: the quality of being different or unique at the individual or group level. This includes work style, parental status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, race, national origin, language, age, religion, mental and physical abilities – and more.  
      • Inclusion: a strategy to leverage diversity. Diversity always exists in social systems. Inclusion, on the other hand, must be created. In order to leverage diversity an environment must be created where people feel supported, listened to and able to do their personal best.

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GRANTEE CHARACTERISTICS

In order to qualify for access funding, programs should:

  • Identify as Youth Development organizations that provide programming for young people during out-of-school time. Youth Development activities are intentionally designed to include a learning objective and to transfer social-emotional learning (SEL) skills to young people. These can be traditional out of school time programs, summer programs, or youth development in-school programs serving school aged youth in our seven county region. They may also be programs serving opportunity youth ages 16 to 24 in our seven county region. Early childhood and one-time programs will not be considered.
  • Be serving youth at or near program capacity or demonstrating strategies aimed at increasing attendance and participation for youth (serving more kids more often).
  • Offer a minimum of 30 hours of programming per year (per youth).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality.
  • Continue quality programming for the next 24 months. Discontinuation of programming or quality will forfeit undisbursed funds.

Priority will be given to programs that:

  • Increase access and participation for middle and high school aged youth.
  • Increase access and participation for vulnerable youth.

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FUNDING

Investments to increase access will be made through an open two year Request for Proposal (RFP). Awards will be for a two-year period, July 2017 through June 2019. Annual funding will be approved for the first year, and if expectations are met and resources are available, repeated for a second year. Agencies are welcome to submit one proposal for programs serving multiple counties but are encouraged to submit separate proposals for different programs. Individual counties will determine the amounts to be awarded to each program. No maximum or minimum amount will be enforced. Funding of a program that crosses county lines by one county will not imply or necessitate funding or service provision in any other county.

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TIMING

  • February 15: Announcement of Request For Proposals
  • February 23: RFP informational meeting at Metro United Way in the Community Meeting Room from 9 - 11 a.m.
  • March 1: Online proposal site opens
  • March 31: Online proposal site closes
  • June 10: Award letters are mailed

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CONTACT INFORMATION

For questions about the content of the proposal, please contact:

For login information and to submit a proposal, please contact:

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WHY QUALITY OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROGRAMS ARE IMPORTANT

The correlation between out-of-school time and youth success is undeniable. Studies show that youth who attend out-of-school time programs are 12% less likely to drop out of school compared to their peers who don’t participate. Even more important is ensuring that these programs are high quality. Having highly skilled and professional staff, supportive environments, and engaging programming are all characteristics of high quality programs.

High quality out-of-school time programs are universally recognized as a critical tool to help students graduate on time – contributing positively to key performance indicators such as attendance, engagement in learning, test scores and grades. They improve college and career readiness by developing skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, adaptability, imagination, and entrepreneurism. They improve social and emotional learning by developing skills such as self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. They meet kids where they are to better engage them and make a difference in closing the readiness gap.

Access to quality out-of-school time programs remains a challenge to many young people in our community due, in part, to factors including transportation, program fees, and availability. Metro United Way is committed to addressing barriers to access and participation in quality out-of-school time programs for young people.

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