Frequently Asked Questions

Can we apply for two grants for two different categories within the same RFP area?

Organizations cannot submit more than one application in response to the three subject areas of WHDC’s 2015 RFPs. Even though organizations can address multiple categories within one proposal, they cannot submit request multiple grant amounts, one for each problem category that they choose to address.

We applied for a grant from WHDC in prior cycles and were not awarded. Should we bother to apply for this RFP?

Each application stand on and is reviewed on its own merit. It is important to remember the basic requirement of WHDC that the proceeds should serve a majority (75% for the 2015 RFP) Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9) residents. WHDC’s funds cannot be used to fund a start-up unless it is accompanied by a strong evidence of success and financial sustainability independent of WHDC is demonstrated as well.

Are schools that are based in MCD9 but may have a student population that is less than 75% residing in MCD9 be disqualified?

No. WHDC is aware that school admissions are based on lotteries and other enrollment plans beyond the local schools’ control. As such schools have to only meet the qualification that they are based in MCD9. For the 2015 RFP however, WHDC has chosen to limit in-school activities to only public schools located in School District 5 so we can gather information of success for future scaling up.

What is your preference – in-school or after-school programs?

We are open to both in-school and after-school programs. Both programs must meet the requirements of measurable outcomes to benefit MCD9 students and schools in School District 5.

Does my organization have to be based in CD9?

No. Your organization does not have to be based in MCD9. However WHDC’s funds must be used to serve MCD9 residents or School District 5.

Can programs that follow the academic calendar apply?

Yes. WHDC will negotiate separate quarterly reporting schedule with school-based programs. Applicants must propose the schedules that will work for their programs.

How will grantees interface with WHDC’s Apricot program?

Applicants will use Apricot to submit their proposals. If granted, they will use Apricot to send in their participant base and intervention data.

Do the educational programs have to be strictly geared toward improving Common Core test scores?

In the short to medium term WHDC is very interested in improving common test scores in public schools in MCD9. Programs must demonstrate how their interventions will contribute towards this goal.

How does parental engagement fit into WHDC’s education program?

Parental engagement should be seen as an intervention that can improve the performance of students. Applicants have the responsibility to provide the evidence.

What are the ages of at risk youth?

At risk youth, per the RFP are considered to be 16 – 24 years of age and generally out of school or on the verge of dropping out of school.

What happens when a program has a high number of MCD9 residents (in excess of 50 as an example), but they comprise less than 75% of the total number of participants in the entire program?

Programs not based within MCD9 or a District 5 school must demonstrate that either 75% of program participants are MCD9 residents and/or a minimum of 50 participants are MCD9 residents.

Can two organizations partner to submit one proposal to WHDC?

Yes. One organization has to be the lead and responsible for reporting. Both organizations must be nonprofit s and satisfy all other qualifications. The application must clarify what each partner organization will do.

What metrics will WHDC use to evaluate our proposal?

In all the RFPs WHDC states that applicants should propose their own metrics and justify their use. In the case f Workforce and Housing, a few have been suggested by WHDC but the lists are not exhaustive.

Can a school apply?

Yes if the school has the means to receive and administer the grant a nonprofit tax exempt organizations.

How will teacher support programs work?

For the 2015 RFP cycle, teacher support activities should benefit teachers School District 5 schools.

Does the funding cover arts programs in schools?

In mentioning Science, Technology, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM), WHDC has signaled that Arts programs are welcome. All proposals must show evidence of their interventions contributing to students’ academic success.

Are the mentally ill included in the workforce interventions?

The answer is yes.

If we are duly qualified as a nonprofit but lack our 501 (c ) 3 status because it is in process, can we apply with a fiscal sponsor?

If your 501 ( c) 3 documentation will not be obtained by November 30, 2015 we advise you to consider using a fiscal sponsor. You must still provide evidence of your nonprofit status. In addition, your 501 (c) 3 status must not have been suspended by the IRS within the last three years.

What does it mean to show our organization’s logic model?

You must use the internet to educate yourself about logic models and how to develop them. In short you should show the objectives you are trying to achieve, the input you need to achieve your objectives, the expected outcomes and outputs, and how you will determine your success.

Can WHDC’s funds be used to fund scholarships?

WHDC has two types of grant cycles. The first had a limit of $25,000 and was open to being used to fund scholarships. This second 2015 cycle aims to address endemic problems that are keeping the students in the public school failing. As such scholarships are not a priority but systemic solutions that are backed by evidence are. Applicants can include how their programs can improve students’ chances to scholarships from sources other than WHDC.