The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is soliciting grant applications for the Shared Service Business Alliance Grant. The purpose of the Shared Service Business Alliance Grant is to develop and implement a plan for the operation and long-term sustainability of a shared service business alliance for child development homes and expanded homes in the District of Columbia. The goal of the shared service alliance is to enable providers focus on children rather than devoting time to many of the other operational and administrative functions that do not require the specialized skills and know how involved with supporting a child’s healthy development. The grant is supported through local funds as part of a strategic citywide effort to increase access to high quality early education and support DC’s Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan through the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, effective November 19, 2014 ((P.L. 113-186; 42 U.S.C. 9858 et seq.) (2012 Repl. and 2015 Supp.)).
Eligibility: OSSE will make these grants available through a competitive process. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit, for-profit, and faith-based organizations. Eligible applicants must have experience in organizational development, systems design and capacity, business operations, financial management principles, management of small and medium enterprises, education and/or human services, and human resources management.
Available Funding for Award: The total funding available for this award period is up to $500,000.
OSSE maintains the right to adjust the grant award and amount based on funding availability. Determinations regarding the number of competitive grants to be awarded will be based on the quality and number of applications received and available funding. Successful applicants may be awarded amounts less than requested.
A review panel or panels will be convened to review, score, and rank each application for a competitive grant. The review panel(s) will be composed of external neutral, qualified, professional individuals selected for their expertise, knowledge or related experiences. Each application will be scored against a rubric and applications will have multiple reviewers to ensure accurate scoring. Upon completion of its review, the panel(s) shall make recommendations for awards based on the scoring rubric(s). The State Superintendent or her
designee will make all final award decisions.
For additional information regarding this grant competition, please contact:
Director of Operations and Management
Division of Early Learning
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Phone: (202) 727-5045
The Request for Applications (RFA) will be released April 18, 2017 through OSSE’s Enterprise Grants Management System (EGMS). The online system and training videos may be accessed by visiting http://grants.osse.dc.gov.
The pre-application meeting will be held on May 5, 2017 at OSSE, 810 First St. NE, Third floor, Grand Hall A from 1-3 p.m. To attend the pre-application meeting, please RSVP to [email protected] by May 1, 2017. Interested applicants are encouraged to participate in the pre-application meeting.
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