The Summer 2020 Application will open in late October 2019.
Request for Proposal (RFP)
The Baltimore Summer Funding Collaborative consists of over 10 organizations that fund high-quality summer programs serving children and young adults from low-income families in Baltimore City. While funders make grant awards in response to their foundation’s specific funding priorities, SFC funders share a commitment to expanding access to high-quality summer opportunities and streamlining the process by which providers can access private grant dollars. Who may apply for SFC funding? (General Eligibility Requirements) The SFC provides a common application that allows providers to apply for grants from SFC funders with one submission. To be considered for funding, your program should meet the following requirements which are shared by all SFC funders:
Primarily serve children and youth from low-income families living in Baltimore City.
Plan to serve healthy meals to students attending summer programs that operate four or more hours each day.
Have operated for at least two years. However, if you have not operated a summer program for two years, you can still apply, 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.
Promote academic and social-emotional growth in children and youth.
Where applicable, actively welcome and include students of all abilities – learning, physical, and otherwise.
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 a group of youth reviewers ages 16-24 who will assess the proposals based on the program history and performance, 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. To learn more about how the SFC makes funding decisions, please review this flowchart.
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:
A sample weekly or monthly activities calendar that you give out to students and families/caregivers
Certificate of Good Standing
Confirmation of 501(c)(3) or 509(a) tax status
Most recent financial audit
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.
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 Prioritiesto 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 from Monday, October 21 - Friday, November 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Noon).
Attend an optional pre-proposal conference: Dates for pre-proposal conferences are TBD and will announced no later than November 1, 2019.
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 November 8, 2019 will be answered in a Questions & Answers document. The Questions & Answers document will be updated and uploaded twice: November 8, 2019 and November 15, 2019 by 5:30 PM.
You can download the first Questions & Answers document on November 8, 2019 at 5:30 PM.
If you would like additional support with the online application, the Summer Funding Collaborative offers free, optional opportunities for applicants to receive feedback and technical assistance with their applications.
More information on technical assistance will be provided when the 2020 SFC application opens this fall.