Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Apply for FY 2017 Summer Strong DC Initiative funding

Got programs for children and youth?   Apply for funding through the FY 2017 Summer Strong DC Initiative to support high quality summer programs for children, youth, and young adults ages 5 to 24.

There are several categories of service in addition to the age of the young people being served.   Organizations may provide afternoon enrichment programming at DCPS and public charter schools offering summer school, programming at DC Housing Authority sites, and programming in Safer, Stronger DC Community Partnerships Priority Neighborhoods.

No matter which population or site type, organizations are required to meet certain deadlines.   These are:

  • Wednesday, December 14, 5:00 pm:   Notice of Intent to Apply due
  • Thursday, December 15 – Monday, December 19:   Mandatory online GTA session available
  • Wednesday, December 21, 5:00 pm:   Questions regarding the RFP or process must be submitted via email,   All written questions and responses concerning the RFP will be posted on United Way NCA's website.
  • Thursday, January 19, 5:00 pm:   Completed proposals due to United Way NCA
  • Thursday, February 23:   Awards announced via email

Evergreen Editorial Calendar from LightBox Collaborative

A message from LightBox Collaborative:
Evergreen Editorial Calendar

It's the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays are in full swing, and if you are like me you love the smell of pine in the air. Evergreens are our favorite trees at the LightBox Collaborative, because no matter when, you know what you are getting with an evergreen, and you know that it will be there for you year after year.

So in that spirit, we offer you a new version of our beloved Editorial Calendar: The Evergreen. Rather than tying this one to the specific dates of 2017, we have included the events that happen every year in the same months, so that you can keep using this version in perpetuity.

We think this is an improvement as you now have a version of the calendar you will never have to wait for! We also understand this is a change to a resource that many of you have come to rely on, but we hope you can understand why this change makes sense. At LightBox Collaborative, we pride ourselves on knowing when we are the best team for the job, and when we aren't.

In this case, there are a lot of smart folks doing better work on this than we are. Kivi Leroux Miller of offers tons of great editorial calendar resources, including a book of templates and monthly content ideas.

Read the entire blog post for additional calendars and hooks.

And be on the lookout for a DC-specific crowdsourced editorial calendar based on the LightBox Collaborative calendar.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

@CharlesAllenW6 shares view from the dais

Ever wonder what CMs see when seated on the dais?   Ward 6 CM Charles Allen gives a look.

December 15: Selling Social Change

Participate in Stanford Social Innovation Review's Selling Social Change webinar and learn about developing a sales-driven approach to social change.   Experts will discuss:
  • Recognizing the limits of designing a service or program primarily for effectiveness and also designing for "spreadability"
  • Going beyond identifying a broad group of potential beneficiaries and focusing first on a subgroup most likely to participate
  • Developing and resourcing a sales and marketing capability from the outset, right alongside budgeting for program delivery

Monday, December 5, 2016

Good Council on bikes, Dec. 4

Funding available for senior villages; deadline Jan. 2017

Senior villages help older residents stay in their homes and in their communities as they age.   In the District of Columbia, there are 15 villages, of which four are in development:

The DC Office on Aging (DCOA) has $250,000 available in grant funding to support villages and older residents.   DCOA is looking to fund three different project types:

  1. plan and implement membership supports increasing village membership and participation
  2. start-up a new village in Wards 7 or 8
  3. support capacity building, technical assistance, and team building to foster cohesion and network resource sharing amongst established villages and those interested in forming villages

January 6, 2017 is the deadline for submission.   A Pre-Application Conference is scheduled for December 9.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The week of December 5 in Wards 7 and 8

Take a look at the entire Wards 7 and 8 Community Calendar.

December 5: Mendelson's regular leg meeting preview

Media advisory from Mendo's office:

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will hold a Media Briefing to preview the Council's upcoming Legislative Meeting.

Monday, December 5, 2016
10:30 a.m.

John A. Wilson Building, Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20004

Chairman Mendelson will hold a media briefing to discuss major actions to be taken at the Council's Legislative meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. or immediately following the Additional Committee of the Whole.

Additional information is available by contacting Lindsey Walton, (202) 724-8140,

Unable to make it to the Wilson Building?   Watch the briefing streaming live on the council website.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

December 2, 2016 DCR tweeted

It's Hypothermia Season. Let's help folks stay warm.

Want to encourage you colleagues, clients, staff, board members, followers to get help for those experiencing homelessness?   Use any or all of the images in Hypothermia - You doin' this.

See what images are available:

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