The Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (GOFBCI) has announced the release of the Together Ohio: Summer Learning Initiative, a competitive grant program for schools, universities and other nonprofit organizations that are interested in offering summer learning experiences to low-income youth. The GOFBCI plans to award grants of up to $75,000 per site for summer learning experiences that support high quality, intensive summer learning experiences for vulnerable youth (ages 7 to 14) focused on academic enrichment, family engagement, social and civic engagement and leadership development.

Eligible organizations must have a minimum of two years experience working with vulnerable youth ages 7 to 14. Successful applicants will describe programs that accomplish the following:

  • Span at least six weeks and are offered five days per week, seven hours per day;
  • Demonstrate a connection to the prevention and reduction of out-of-wedlock pregnancies (consistent with federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families goal #3);
  • Are offered through effective collaborations among faith-based and community organizations, local service providers and school districts; and
  • Can provide a 20 percent cash or in-kind match for the project.

The Summer Learning Initiative request for proposals is available online at www.procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewProcOpps.asp?oppID=7396&disclaimer=N.

Additionally, a Q&A document is available at http://www.procure.ohio.gov/proc/viewDocQuestions.asp?oppID=7396.

The deadline for submission of the proposal is 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3.