Summer Learning Enhancement RFI

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The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) is requesting applications from community-based organizations and city agencies for DEEL’s Summer Learning Enhancement Request for Investment (RFI). Funded by the Families, Education, Preschool and Promise Levy, this RFI seeks to expand or enhance existing community-based summer programs for Seattle K-12 students.

Since spring 2020, the pandemic limited important resources families, schools, and CBOs had to meet the social, emotional, mental health and academic needs of students. For students furthest from educational justice, remote learning and limited or inconsistent access to programs and services has compounded existing inequities. DEEL is committed to advancing educational equity through access to summer programs for those youth most heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Who can apply and for how much money:  

Community-based organizations and city agencies are eligible to apply. 

DEEL will invest up to $1 million in one-time funding for programming that occurs between June-August 2022, with up to 25 applicants eligible to receive between $10,000 and $75,000 per awardee.

Types of programs that can be funded:  

To serve youth furthest from educational justice and most impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, applicants may submit proposals that expand or enhance summer programming in one of the three areas:   

  • Academic Learning
  • Social-Emotional Learning and Enrichment
  • College and Career Readiness 

How applicants will be selected: 

Funding will be awarded through a competitive request for investment process managed by DEEL. Applications will be evaluated using specific criteria outlined in the RFI application and review panel recommendations. 


Eligible applicants will submit a grant application online no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. Deel will notify successful applicants by Friday May 20, 2022.  

Event:  Date and Time: 
Application Opens:  Monday April 11, 2022 
Information Session (pre-recorded): 

View video here.

Technical Assistance Session 1: 

This meeting will be hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams. 

Thursday April 14, 2022, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

Click this link to join the meeting. 

Technical Assistance Session 2:

This meeting will be hosted virtually on Microsoft Teams.   

Tuesday April 19, 2022, 3:00 - 5:00 pm 

Click this link to join the meeting.

Last Day to Submit Questions:  Deadline extended to Wednesday April 27, 2022 
RFI Application Due:  Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 3:00 pm 
Application Review, scoring and deliberation:  April 28 - May 6, 2022 
Notice Issued to Applicants:  Friday May 20, 2022

How to apply: 

Please reference the RFI overview document during your application. 

RFI Overview  PDF 

Each of the following forms are required as part of your application for funding. Please be sure to complete each of the following:  

Application Submission Template Word - PDF 
Registration Form Microsoft Form 
Budget Submission Template Excel

Please click the links below to view additional information and resources to support you with your application: 

Pre-Recorded Information Session  Video
Information Session Slides PDF
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) PDF Updated April 27, 2022

How to submit your application:  

Email your application to Please use the following naming convention in the subject line of your email and for the electronic files attached: “[Organization Name] - Summer 2022 RFI”. 

How to ask questions: 

For questions regarding the application process or language interpretation requests, please contact: with "Question_ Summer 2022 RFI" in the subject line. 

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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