DFSS Enrichment Summer Program Request for Proposal (RFP)

February 14, 2023


City of Chicago

Department of Family and Support Services

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DESCRIPTION:  Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), Youth Services

Youth Enrichment Summer Program RFP


The DFSS Enrichment Summer Program Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to provide funding for delegates to implement safe, supportive, interactive, and engaging youth development activities, primarily for youth who are underrepresented, such as individuals with disabilities, individuals attending low-performing elementary or high schools, individuals who are English as a Second Language learners, individuals that are experiencing homelessness/unstably housed, and individuals placed in the foster care system. All Enrichment Summer delegates will provide youth with meaningful and enriching programming that leads to young people feeling safe and supported by trained practitioners; builds and reinforces social, emotional, and cognitive skills; develops positive relationships and belonging with peers and adults; and provides leadership opportunities. Ultimately, the Enrichment portfolio is seeking to enact policies and practices to engage and support Chicago communities and change the odds for children & youth by implementing best practices at the point-of-service.


As a citywide program, the Enrichment Summer program aims to engage youth across the City of Chicago. The Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) seeks to fund agencies who have experience in implementing out-of-school time programs for young people ages 6 to 21 in Chicago.  To ensure citywide coverage, Respondents must indicate which Healthy Chicago Equity Zone they will be applying for in alignment with the Chicago Department of Public Health’s six Healthy Chicago Equity Zones: Far South, Near South, North Central, Northwest, Southwest, and West. Respondents seeking funding for multiple sites in different Healthy Chicago Equity Zones are required to apply for each zone separately. Respondents can only apply for a Healthy Chicago Equity Zone in which they can demonstrate a physical address.


The term of contract(s) executed under this RFP will be from May 1, 2023, through December 31, 2024. Based on need, availability of funds and contractor performance, DFSS may extend this term for up to one additional year. DFSS anticipates that each award will start at $36,000, with a rate of $1,200 per youth and a minimum of 30 youth per program. DFSS anticipates funding up to 15 delegates.


This is a competitive process open to all entities:  non-profit, for-profit, faith-based, private, and public, all units of government and sister agencies. 


For more information, please refer to the application posted on the City of Chicago’s eProcurement page: https://eprocurement.cityofchicago.org/OA_HTML/OA.jsp?OAFunc=PON_ABSTRACT_PAGE&PON_NEGOTIATION_STATUS=ACTIVE


A note about the City’s eProcurement System:

For those who have not done business with the City of Chicago before, registration in iSupplier is the first step to ensuring your agency’s ability to conduct business with the City of Chicago and DFSS. Please allow five to seven days for your registration to be processed.


Current contractors need only to start an application via their existing iSupplier/eProcurement account.


All vendors must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and an IRS W9 for registration and confirmation of vendor business information.



March 21, 2023

 12:00, NOON CST


Proposals must be submitted via on-line application.

E-mailed or faxed proposals will not be accepted.



A Pre-Proposal Webinar will be held on February 23, 2023, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Attendance is not mandatory but is advised.


Please register prior to the webinar’s start using this link:



2023 DFSS Enrichment RFP Applicant Webinar_Summer_Final.pdf

Webinar link: https://youtu.be/zo1kk_EJ4ms



Brandie V. Knazze
Department of Family and Support Services
Lori E. Lightfoot
City of Chicago

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