Request for Investment (RFI)

Culturally Responsive Summer Programs


In Summer 2017, the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) will invest up to $340,000 in community-based programs that prevent summer learning loss and improve academic outcomes for African-American/Black students and other students of color through culturally responsive programming.

This investment is the result of the Mayor's Education Summit, a nearly year-long process which culminated in recommendations to the Mayor on ways that the City of Seattle and partners can ensure that all of Seattle's children have an equal opportunity to succeed in school and in life.

Anticipated Funding:
Up to $340,000 will be invested in one or more summer learning programs providing culturally responsive programming.

  • Funding is for one year only.
  • Programming must begin in Summer 2017, but ongoing support and programming may continue through the end of First Semester.

Eligible Applicants:
Only community-based organizations (CBOs) are eligible to apply.

  • Schools may be co-sponsors but the lead organization must be a CBO.
  • Preference will be given to CBOs centered in communities of color with deep cultural and language knowledge.
  • Successful applicants will be required to meet the contracting requirements on page 19 of the RFI Application.
RFI application released Monday, February 27, 2017
Information Session #1

Thursday, March 9, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Seattle Public Library
Rainier Beach Branch
9125 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Information Session #2

(repeat of first session)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Seattle Public Library
Lake City Branch
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

RFI application due Friday, March 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Interviews, as needed
Site Visits, as needed

April 2017
Notification of funding decisions Late April 2017

RFI Application:

Download in MS Word

Download in Adobe PDF

Budget Template:

Download in MS Excel

Download in MS Word

Information session presentation: Download - Updated 3/9/17
Q&A from previous information sessions and applicants' e-mails: Download - Updated 3/17/17

Long Phan - Summer Program Manager (

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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