The Summer 2019 Application closed on Friday, February 1.
Request for Proposal (RFP)
The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative consists of 13 organizations that fund high-quality summer programs serving children and young adults from low-income families in Baltimore City. The SFC provides a common application that allows providers to apply for grants from SFC funders with one submission. Why may apply for SFC funding? (General Eligibility Requirements) Applicants mustprimarily serve children and youth from low-income families living in Baltimore City and plan to serve healthy meals to students attending summer programs that operate four or more hours each day. The Collaborative will prioritize summer programs that have been operating for at least two years, work to promote academic and social-emotional growth in children and youth, and actively welcome and include students of all abilities. Please note: If you have not operated a summer program for two years, you can still apply for funding, but you will need to describe your or your organization's experience running other youth programs such as after-school programs, in-school remediation, etc.)
To see a PDF version of the application and related resources, please visit visit the Resources page. We recommend that you read over the PDF of the application carefully and plan your answers before you start your online application.
What requirements do the funders have? How does each funder prioritize their support? (Funder-Specific Requirements and Priorities) In addition to the general eligibility requirements listed above, each SFC funder has their own requirements and preferences. For some funders, you must include certain documentation in your submission if you would like to receive their funding. Find out more by downloading the Funder-Specific Requirements. How will the SFC decide whether they will fund my program's proposal? (Proposal Review) The SFC will bring together carefully selected reviewers (both youth and adult community members) who will assess the proposals based on the program history and performance, program staff, program activities, family and community engagement, evaluation plan, and proposed budget. In addition to the reviewer’s assessment of proposals, funding decisions will be informed by individual foundations’ funding priorities and eligibility requirements.
How do I submit my proposal? (Proposal Submission) You must submit your proposal and supporting documents through our online application. You must also include a completed budget templatewith your application. Some funders require other supporting documents, or they will not consider your proposal. These documents may include the following:
Most recent audited financial statement and IRS Form 990
Proof of 501(c)(3) of 509(a) tax status
Funders have the right to not consider incomplete proposals. Please closely follow the guidance on this page to make sure that your proposal meets the RFP’s requirements and is eligible for review. (Find a helpful checklist on the Resources page.) After you submit your application, you may be asked to provide additional information.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: You must submit your application by Friday, February 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Please note that the SFC will not accept late applications or applications by email or postal mail. Plan to submit your application a few days ahead of time in case you need help of have problems submitting your application.
Read over the guidance below to understand how the SFC categorizes summer programs and reviews them for funding.
Not sure if your program is a fit for the Summer Funding Collaborative? Review the Funder-Specific Priorities to understand the priorities and eligibility requirements of SFC funders.
Questions About the RFP & Application
As you look over the application materials, start noting your questions. You will have two ways to get your questions answered about the RFP and its requirements:
Email your questions to rfps (at) baltimorespromise.org no later than Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Noon).
Attend an optional pre-proposal conference:
- Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6 - 7:30 PM at the Enoch Pratt Southeast Anchor Branch Library - Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6- 7:30 PM at Liberty Rec & Tech Center - Thursday, January 17, 2019, 10:30 AM - 12 Noon at Family League of Baltimore
To make sure that all applicants have equal access to information about this RFP, all questions asked at the pre-proposal conferences or submitted via e-mail before January 25, 2019 will be answered in a Questions & Answers document. The Questions & Answers document will be updated and uploaded twice: January 18, 2019 and January 25, 2019 by 5:00 PM.
You can download the first Questions & Answers document on January 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM.
If you would like additional support with the online application, The Maryland Out of School Time Network will review your draft application for the Summer Funding Collaborative and provide feedback and technical assistance.