The SFC will offer FREE 1:1 Technical Assistance for SFC 2023 applicants. You can work one-on-one with the technical assistance providers listed below at ANY point during the application process. TA providers can help you to:
Understand the SFC 2024 RFP, the application questions, and the Community Review Rubric
Brainstorm ideas about the most effective ways to describe your summer program in the application
Review your application content and provide constructive feedback about your responses
Proofread application materials, checking for spelling, punctuation, grammar, word choice, and clarity of content
Edit responses to fit within required character limits
Structure program budgets
Understand the SFC’s general reporting requirements and any additional reporting requirements from specific funders
If you need assistance navigating the online application portal, please email email@example.com. Beginning on October 16, you will be able to sign up directly with the provider(s) of your choice using each provider’s individual link. Please note:
You must confirm your TA appointment 24 hrs in advance. If you do not confirm your appointment, the appointment will be canceled.
Before November 1, applicants are requested to sign up for one TA session with one provider to ensure that all applicants are able to register for 1:1 TA sessions. After November 1, applicants are welcome to register for additional sessions as long as they are available.
Sign-Up for 1:1 TA Sessions!
Mothyna James-Brightful Mothyna James-Brightful is described as “energetic, passionate and inspirational” by clients. Affectionately known as Sister Mothyna, she has over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Starting as a Community Educator, she closed her career as an employee with ten years, as a Director on the senior leadership team with a proven track record for curating cohesive teams. Currently, Sister Mothyna is working with social impact organizations to increase understanding and reduce opposition as CEO of MeRISE. MeRISE is a consulting, coaching, and development company. Mothyna is exceptional at supporting you with crafting your magnetic story. She provides expertise in programming, team building, onboarding and strategic direction. Meet with Mothyna!
Ellie Mitchell Ellie Mitchell, Director of Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network, is dedicated to increasing the quantity and quality of afterschool and summer programs for all young people in Maryland. She received her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Baltimore and her B.A. in Theatre from Knox College. While serving as Maryland’s statewide afterschool network lead, Mitchell has overseen the launch of new initiatives focused on Inclusion, STEM, and Community Schools. Ellie has also served as Afterschool Strategy Project Manager for Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign, Director of Theater for A New Generation at Baltimore’s CenterStage, and the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance Associate Director. Meet with Ellie!
Kirin Smith Kirin G. Smith is the Principal of Amaana Consulting, a social enterprise founded to help community-serving nonprofit and for-profit organizations launch, plan, and grow. Kirin provides grant writing, organizational development, capacity building, and strategic planning services. Kirin is able to support you in crafting all elements of your SFC application. She has particular strength in the areas of theory of change, logic modeling, resource planning, budget development, and program evaluation as well as proofreading and copyediting. To make the most efficient use of your appointment time, Kirin will share a brief pre-meeting survey to gauge where you are in the process ahead of your appointment. Meet with Kirin!
Crystal Snyder Crystal Snyder is a passionate supporter of quality in out-of-school time programming. She is an advocate for children with more than 20 years of experience in out-of-school time programming and classroom teaching. She has spent the last ten years devoting her time to professional development and technical assistance for youth development professionals in military childcare settings. Crystal’s current role as the Learning Coordinator for The Maryland Out of School Time Network allows her to advocate for all children in Maryland to have access to quality developmental programming during their out-of-school time. Meet with Crystal!
Drop-In Application Portal Technical Assistance This drop-in session is a time to ask technological questions about the SFC's application portal. If you do not submit technical questions by 12:00 PM on November 14, the SFC team cannot guarantee that you will receive a response before the deadline at 5:00 PM November 15. Please make sure that you reach out with technical questions by 12:00 PM on November 14 to ensure you are able to submit your application on time. The SFC does not accept late applications for any reason after 5:00 PM on November 15.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday October 16-November 13 11 AM -12 PM Zoom