Our program providers deliver After School Matters programs in the summer, fall and/or spring program sessions. These dedicated providers – professionals in their fields who serve as mentors to our teens – deliver programs both independently and through community-based organizations. They support our teens’ success from the beginning to the end of a program, and often beyond.
Read the RFP tab below to learn how you can apply to become a program provider with After School Matters. If you are a current program provider, read the Renewal tab to learn how to apply to renew your program for another year.
The RFP for New/Potential Program Providers is currently closed. Information about the FY 18 RFP will be available here in late-August 2016.
Be the first to know when information about our next RFP becomes available! Sign up to be added to our RFP email list. Click here to submit your e-mail address using our form.
For your information, here is the calendar for last year’s FY17 RFP process. This year’s FY18 process will follow a similar schedule.
Once a new community-based organization or independent instructor is approved to work with After School Matters through the Request for Proposal process, we incubate and sustain these partnerships through a model for framing our investment, expectations, and goals in developing and supporting quality out-of-school time programs for Chicago teens.
After School Matters will continue to respond to inquiries about the RFP process. Questions can be submitted through via email to [email protected]. After School Matters will respond to all inquiries within one business day. If you have a technical question related to the online proposal process, please call the Cityspan help desk at 866-469-6884.
The Renewal Application for Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 for Current Program Providers will be released on Thursday, September 1 and is due on Friday, September 30 by 5:00pm.
Similar to last year, Current Providers — defined as those who are providing a program with After School Matters during the current program year (Summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Spring 2017) — will submit a Renewal Application focused on deepening their ability to create quality programs and provide effective instruction. Current providers will not need to submit a proposal through the standard Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Before submitting your Renewal Application, please make sure to review your program’s profile and include how you will address areas for growth in your responses. The Research & Evaluation department will send program profiles to all current providers via email by September 9th. If you have any questions regarding your profile, please send an email to: [email protected].
Renewal decisions will be made based upon your application’s quality, completeness and alignment with After School Matters’ priorities for serving teens.
Please check back on August 31, 2016 for the Renewal Launch announcement, which will include updated instructions that can be found in the Renewal application guide.
September 1, 2016 — Renewal Application release in Cityspan
September 30, 2016 by 5:00pm — Renewal Application due for all Current Providers
October — December 2016 — Programs Staff review proposals, conduct interviews, and negotiate budgets
January — February 2017 — Program selections are finalized
Late March — April 2017 — Program decisions and notifications sent
Early July 2017 — All Summer Programs Begin
Mid-August 2017 — Summer Programs End
Late September 2017 — Fall Programs Begin
Mid-December 2017 — Fall Programs End
Mid-February 2018 — Spring Programs Being
Mid-May 2018 — Spring Programs End
Independent instructors interested in providing a sports Apprenticeship or another program implemented through the Chicago Park District / After School Matters partnership can submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Current Sports Instructors will be asked to fill out a survey in January 2017 regarding next year’s programming.