Requests for Proposals Are Now Being Accepted

District of Columbia’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
Credible Messenger Initiative





This Request for Proposals (RFP) announces funding availability to provide services for the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services’ (DYRS) Credible Messenger Initiative. The Credible Messenger Initiative represents DYRS’s new approach to community engagement on behalf of youth committed to the agency. The Credible Messenger Initiativewill solely serve youth and families under DYRS supervision by providing the following services: (a) Transformative Mentoring; (b) Family Engagement Specialist; (c) Restorative Justice; (d) Economic Opportunities; and (e) Neighborhood-Based Programming.

Through this RFP, DYRS will contract with up to six (6) organizations to provide these services to DYRS youth and families in neighborhoods most impacted by youth crime and incarceration. It is anticipated that the program will be implemented in a two phase approach. DYRS will identify three (3) to four (4) grantees to begin programming in Fiscal Year 2016 (through September 30 , 2016)  and the other three (3) to four (4) grantees will begin programming in Fiscal Year 2017 (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017).


Funds for this initiative are made available through District appropriations to DYRS.  This RFP covers an initial allocation for program services in Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017.

Providers selected to begin in Fiscal Year 2016 are eligible for up to $45,133 in funding through September 30, 2016.

How to Apply:

Organizations that are interested in applying must do so via The Community Foundation’s online application system no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, August 5, 2016.

Please click here to view the RFP and information on how to apply.

Two pre-proposal conferences will be convene on July 19th and July 28th.  Attendance is optional, but strongly encouraged.  To register for one of the information sessions, you must RSVP in advance to Charles Dotson at with the name of your organization and names of the individuals who will be attending.

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Manon Matchett at

For questions regarding the Credible Messenger Initiative, please contact Natalie Gillard at 202.299.5003 or

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