O2L is committed to expanding access to high quality out-of-school time services to all families in Greater Houston, and we understand that many OST providers are challenged by everyday barriers that negatively impact programming attendance and retention, or youth engagement.
What is the Barrier Buster Request for Proposal?
The Barrier Buster Request for Proposal is an opportunity for O2L to expand its’ reach and support of out-of-school-time. This funding opportunity aims to target barriers which directly impact youth attendance and retention, or youth engagement within out-of-school time programs. OST providers can request up to $10,000 for the cycle in which they apply.
Who can apply?
Any free or fee-based OST provider with a 501c3 status (minimum of 2 years) and serving youth 5-18 years-old during out-of-school time hours. Public and charter schools running an OST program on their campus are eligible to apply for this grant. Schools are encouraged to work with their OST provider (if applicable) or their district’s grant department/ foundation.
For question about the Barrier Buster process email Tiffany Echevarria at TEchevarria@unitedwayhouston.org or Krystal Perez at KPerez@unitedwayhouston.org. For questions about e-Cimpact please email eCimpact@unitedwayhouston.org.
What are qualifying Barrier Buster requests?
OST providers face all kinds of barriers that impact their ability to program daily. Barriers include but are not limited to transportation, competing priorities, parent/youth buy-in, incentivizing youth voice, or community awareness of youth programs. Barriers are unique to each community and population of students served. OST providers are the experts of their
communities and best understand their own challenging barrier(s). There are no one-size fits all, you tell us the barrier true to your program, your students, and your community! Please keep in mind, priority will be given to requests that use funds toward direct service.
Notice: COVID-19 and Barrier Buster Requests
For COVID-19 related barriers, priority will be given to projects surrounding direct, future impact on programming attendance and retention, or youth engagement for out-of-school time programs; funds cannot be used to cover previous expenditures or losses.
Qualifying requests will:
• Identify a clear barrier that is a recurring challenge for the OST provider during programming hours. (Funds should be directed to address barriers occurring prior to the end of high school graduation.)
• Provide a clear rational for how the barrier directly impacts youth attendance and retention, or youth engagement.
• Describe how this barrier is unique to the program in the proposed community.
• Provide a clear description for use of Barrier Buster funds requested to address the barrier(s) identified.
• Requests should not exceed $10,000.
What are non-qualifying Barrier Buster requests?
• Requests from for-profit OST providers.
• Requests addressing programming after high school graduation.
• Requests exceeding $10,000.
What are the Requirements?
- Application: Applicants must answer all application questions and submit a program
budget. Applications must be submitted on e-Cimpact.
- Project Budget: Please provide a minimum of one price quote for program purchases
over $500. Project Budget should be specific and itemized:
a. Program Revenue (all associated donations, i.e. cash and in-kind)
b. Program Expenses (all items with associated costs; indicate which expenses will
be paid for with O2L Barrier Buster funds.)
- Supporting Documents: Applicants must also submit an IRS 501(c)(3) designation letter
(minimum of 2-year status), the most recently completed IRS Form 990 Income Tax
Return (filed within the last 3 years), and a signed copy of the Anti-Terrorism Patriot Act
form (found within the resource center on e-Cimpact).
What is the Timeline?
What are next steps?
- Interested applicants are encouraged to watch the pre-recorded Barrier Buster Proposal
Conference. Details pertaining to this funding process will be provided along with step by
step instructions for how to navigate the e-Cimpact portal.
- To obtain a login for e-Cimpact or if you already have a login and need to obtain access
to this application, please email e-Cimpact at e-Cimpact@unitedwayhouston.org for your
- Attend the upcoming Technical Assistance Call (optional).
What are the grantee requirements?
If awarded Barrier Buster funds, grantees are expected to complete the following:
- Agree to, sign, and return the Service Provider Agreement via email to
TEchevarria@unitedwayhouston.org by the due date assigned.
- Use Barrier Buster funds in accordance with the Service Provider Agreement and set
- Submit Barrier Buster Grantee Report within 30 days of project completion, no later than
June 15, 2020.
For question about the Barrier Buster process email Tiffany Echevarria
at TEchevarria@unitedwayhouston.org or Krystal Perez at KPerez@unitedwayhouston.org. For
questions about e-Cimpact please email e-Cimpact@unitedwayhouston.org.
February’s meeting has a new date and time. Join us on Wednesday March 3rd from 9:30 am- 11:30 am. You will hear from our special guests who will share their experience from the Fall Barrier Buster cycle. Additionally, we will thoroughly review the Spring Barrier Buster grant opportunity- please save your technical questions for that meeting.
Zoom registration is required.
Date: Wednesday March 3rd
Time: 9:30 am- 11:30 am [Do note the time listed on Zoom registration is for the guest speakers].
For questions about Quarterly meeting please contact Krystal Perez (KPerez@unitedwayhouston.org).
The Harvard Graduate School of Education is highlighting the research of esteemed Black education scholars as they discuss their commitments to racial justice in education and research.
This is a community inclusive and open event, so please invite faculty, staff, students, family, friends, and community members within and outside of academia!
Please see below and the flyer attached to learn more about our panelists and their critical scholarship
Now available as part of Amaanah’s Immigrant Health Initiative (IHI) in collaboration with Schweitzer fellows from UT Health, you can now check out the series on IHI’s YouTube channel.
The videos are available in English, Spanish and Arabic. While the first part is dedicated to tips on how to eat healthy, the second highlights some of the available resources including government assistance programs and the work of some local non-profits.
Please feel free to share the videos and check out Amaanah’s site for more services!
The online Symposium will explore the topic of quality in OST using a Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality lens. Research is clear that out of school time programs that have quality features provide more social, emotional and academic benefits to young people. Through discussion and
activities, participants will examine how they can provide a safe space for social and emotional growth, facilitate supportive interaction with caring adults, promote student voice to encourage learning and leadership.
Tuesday March 2, is geared for front line staff and Thursday, March 4 will be focused on the supervisory role. Both sessions will begin with a overview and include two 45 minute workshops on quality in safe/supportive environments and learning/leading. Once registered, participants will
receive a link to the overview session and to the workshops. Breaks will be provided. 2 hours of professional development credit will be provided upon completion. Computer/laptops with camera functions are recommended.
Learn how student outcomes can be impacted with your support through a free 5 hour Lonestar Governance Training. This leadership training will help you set expectations and learn the roles and responsibilities of a school board. An English and a Spanish training will be held at 2 different locations on Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 9am-2pm.
Everyone is welcome and lunch will be provided. Registration is required.
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