Request For Proposals (RFP) For Project Innovation: Originally Designed Youth Programming

March 1, 2017

The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is pleased to announce the Project Innovation request for proposals focused on enhancing, expanding and developing programs with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Math (STEAM). DFSS anticipates awarding approximately ten organizations up to $50,000. Special consideration will be given to agencies that recruit youth from high schools with high rates of truancy and youth violence and/or programs operating in the following underserved communities:

  • Ashburn
  • Auburn-Gresham
  • Belmont-Cragin
  • Brighton Park
  • Chicago Lawn
  • East Garfield Park
  • Englewood
  • Gage Park
  • Greater Grand Crossing
  • New City
  • Oakland
  • Lower West Side
  • Riverdale
  • Roseland
  • South Shore
  • Washington Park
  • West Elsdon
  • West Englewood
  • West Garfield Park
  • West Lawn
  • West Town
  • Woodlawn

Programs should serve a minimum of 33 youth in one of the following age groups: 11-13, 14-15 or 16-24. All proposed programs should be both youth driven and youth focused in their design.

Interested applicants are asked to download the complete Request for Proposal (RFP) which includes application, instructions and a program description at the following website:

Issued By:
City Of Chicago Department Of Family And Support Services
March 1, 2017
All proposals shall be submitted via the Cyber Grants system to:

Earline Whitfield-Alexander
Senior Manager of Youth Services
Department of Family and Support Services
1615 W. Chicago Ave, 3rd fl. East
Chicago, Illinois 60622

The application can be accessed at:

Responses Must Be Received No Later Than
March 30, 2017
At 12:00 Noon CST

Proposals must be submitted via on-line application.

A  Pre-Proposal Webinar will be held on March 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

A link to the completed Webinar will be available on-line after the time and date listed above for those who cannot attend at the live scheduled time.

Project Innovation: Originally Designed Youth Programming Request for Proposal (RFP)

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