In 2018, the Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative (SPCC) Board engaged in conversations about strategic direction and agreed to focus more specifically on out-of-school (OST) time as a way to move the needle on some of our Youth Master Plan goals. Saint Paul Children’s Collaborative provides grant funding to community based organizations in Saint Paul. Many of these organizations deliver OST academic and enrichment programs to Saint Paul children and youth either after school or in the summer months. We hear from our grantees that transportation is a major barrier for participation. Based of feedback from the Saint Paul Public Schools, we have selected Attendance Area B of the Saint Paul Public Schools as the location for this OST Transportation Pilot. Attendance Area B includes the neighborhoods of Dayton’s Bluff, Eastern Heights, Battle Creek and Highwood Hills. Schools include Dayton’s Bluff Elementary, American Indian Magnet School, Harding Senior High School, Nokomis Montessori South Elementary, Eastern Heights Elementary, Battle Creek Middle School, Battle Creek Elementary, Highwood Hills Elementary.
We would like to operate an out-of-school time transportation pilot with organizations in Attendance Area B during the spring of 2020 and the academic year of 2020 – 2021. We are seeking proposals from transportation companies interested in providing innovative and cost efficient transportation options to students in Attendance Area B. The Board set aside funds to support a transportation pilot. The goals of the pilot are to analyze whether providing transportation support to select out-of-school time programs:
- Increases the number of young people participating in quality OST programming
- Increases the frequency of participation in quality OST programming
- Results in cost-efficiencies and savings
The maximum grant amount is $200,000 over the 18-month grant implementation period (February 1, 2020 – June 2021).
This RFP is now closed.