Community-Based Summer Enhancement and COVID-19 Response Funds



The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is notifying eligible applicants of a funding opportunity through the City of Seattle 2018 Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. The FEPP Levy aims to achieve educational equity, close opportunity gaps, and build a better economic future for Seattle students.

The COVID-19 pandemic and extended periods of remote learning have had a tremendous impact on students' academic and non-academic health and well-being. DEEL is committed to advancing educational equity and supporting learning opportunities for youth most heavily impacted by the pandemic. 

The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is requesting applications from community-based organizations (CBOs) to expand or enhance existing academic and enrichment summer programs for Seattle K-12 students. Funding will be awarded through a competitive request for investment (RFI) process managed by DEEL. Up to $1 million in one-time funding will be awarded for programming that occurs between June-August 2021. DEEL intends to fund a maximum of 20 proposals with a maximum award of $100,000 per program proposal.  

Eligible programs must serve students furthest away from educational justice and promote the development of academic and non-academic skills. Funding will be awarded to CBOs only; schools are not eligible to apply. Applicants may submit proposals that expand or enhance summer programming in one of three areas:  1) Academic Support & Acceleration  2) Health & Wellness  3) College and Career Readiness  

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants must submit an RFI application by 12:00pm on Thursday, May 20, 2021. DEEL will notify successful applicants by Friday, June 11, 2021. 


Phase 1: Request for Investment*
Request for Investment (RFI) application issued Thursday, April 29, 2021 
RFI Information Webinar (pre-recorded)

Monday, May 3, 2021  

Link to Webinar Recording 

Technical Assistance Session 1

(Hosted via Microsoft Teams)

*Please watch the pre-recorded RFI Information Webinar prior to the TA session 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021   2:30 - 5:00 p.m.  

Click here to join the meeting

Technical Assistance Session 2 

(Hosted via Microsoft Teams) 

*Please watch the pre-recorded RFI Information Webinar prior to the TA session 

Monday, May 17, 2021     2:30 - 5:00 p.m. 

Click here to join the meeting

Last Day to Submit Questions Monday, May 17, 2021      5:00 p.m.  
RFI Applications Due Thursday, May 20, 2021 by 12:00pm 
Phase 2: Evaluation*
Application Review, Scoring, and Deliberation May 21 - June 4, 2021 
Notifications issued to applicants  Friday, June 11, 2021 

*Dates/locations subject to change; Exact dates/times/locations for RFI information sessions and technical assistance workshops to be issued with RFI

RFI in Word: Download 
RFI in PDF: Download
RFI Submission Template: Download 
RFI Budget Template: Download
Frequently asked questions (FAQ): Updated 5-18-2021
RFI Information Session Presentation: 

Webinar Recording

Presentation Slide Deck 

How and where to submit:

Electronic Submissions:

Deliver to:

Please use the following naming convention in the subject line of your email and for the electronic files attached:  

[Organization Name] - CBO Summer Enhancement RFI 

By Mail:

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

CBO Summer Enhancement RFI 

PO Box 94665

Seattle, WA 98124-6965

By Hand:

Due to COVID-19 and restricted access to DEEL's offices at Seattle Municipal Tower, please email by Monday May 17 at 12pm if you need to arrange for hand delivery of your application materials.

Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

CBO Summer Enhancement RFI 

Seattle Municipal Tower 700 5th Ave, Floor 17

Seattle, WA 98104

QUESTIONS? Please email:
Email Subject: Question_ CBO Summer Enhancement RFI    

Education and Early Learning

Dwane Chappelle, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94665, Seattle, WA, 98124-6965
Phone: (206) 233-5118
Phone Alt: Childcare and Preschool: (206) 386-1050
Fax: (206) 386-1900

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