Press Release - September 9, 2013

Contact:  Andrea Wojcik
302-633-2501 or 985-1330 (c)

Deadline Extended for Responding to Request for Proposals for After School and Summer Programming

New proposal deadline is September 26th

Wilmington, DE – The deadline for responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) to implement targeted after school and summer prevention programming in Delaware has been extended.  The original date for responses to the RFP, which makes $1.9 Million dollars in grant funding available through Delaware’s Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services (PBHS), was September 19th.  The new deadline for responding to the RFP is Thursday September 26th.

Community and faith based organizations, schools, non-profit and for profit agencies as well as governmental agencies are all eligible to submit proposals to request funding via the RFP process.  Bidders must demonstrate how funds will be used to provide positive opportunities for youth by implementing a curriculum that is academic, cultural, artistic, agricultural or recreational in nature.  Their proposals must also include evidence based practices or programs that relate to youth violence and/or child suicide prevention.  Successful applicants will be trained in suicide and violence prevention strategies. 

This initiative is an outgrowth of the initial recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the 2012 Adolescent Suicides in Kent County which pointed to a lack of after-school activities for youth in Kent and Sussex Counties.

$2.2 million in funding for After School and Summer Youth Prevention Programming was made available through the General Assembly’s support of Governor Jack Markell’s FY 14 budget request.

Officials from the Delaware Children’s Department wanted to provide potential bidders with additional time to complete their proposals.  The RFP for “After School and Summer Youth Prevention Programming” can be found on the Children’s Department website at www.kids.delaware.gov , which takes visitors to the state bid website at www.bids.delaware.gov .  Interested persons who go directly to bids.delaware.gov can find the RFP under the title “Community Prevention Services”. 

The Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, are dependent, have mental health or substance problems, have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts, as well as prevention services targeted toward all youth. For more information, please visit www.kids.delaware.gov .