Summer Program Fund

Summer 2022 Funding Opportunity

School’s Out Washington is partnering with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to administer a second round of funding through the Summer Program Fund—a statewide opportunity for summer enrichment programs serving young people, ages 4-21, in Washington. Approximately $4.5M will be invested in summer programs through contracts ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

Eligible programs will focus on prioritizing social connections among young people, engaging young people in physical and outdoor activities, prioritizing programs serving youth furthest from educational justice, and conducting in-person or mostly in-person programming.

The RFP with detailed information on eligibility requirements, timeline, the application process, and application questions will be available on SOWA’s website by early November.  The RFP will be made available in several languages. 

View the 2021 Summer Program Fund Recipients


Summer 2021 Program Fund

$1 million was disbursed to 62 organizations reaching more than 3,300 young people this past summer.

The 2021 Summer Program Fund decisions were in line with the commitment from SOWA and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to engage young people furthest from educational justice and to ensure equitable geographic distribution of funds across the state.

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The primary goal of the Summer Program Fund is to expand opportunities for young people furthest from educational justice to engage in enrichment programs this summer. Since spring 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has compromised the abilities of families, schools, and expanded learning organizations to fully and effectively meet the social, emotional, mental health, and academic needs of children and youth. Young people have been isolated by the limitations of virtual learning and families have struggled with childcare. 

In spite of hardships, expanded learning organizations have adapted their services to respond to the young people and families to whom they are deeply connected.  As the pandemic eases, these organizations were well positioned to offer summer 2021 programs within their communities. The 2021 Summer Program Fund RFP offers more background information on this funding opportunity.  

Approximately $4.5M will be available to 2022 summer programs through another application process that will open this fall.