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Washington Reading Corps Request for Application, K–4/EL, PY 2018–2019

Washington Reading Corps Application

Applications for Washington Reading Corps (WRC) member slots for the 2018-19 program year will receive priority consideration before June 30th, 2018. After that, members slots will be awarded on a rolling basis until all 225 member slots have been filled.
MEMBER START DATES

For the 2018–2019 program year, member start dates are August 16, September 1, and September 16. Members cannot serve prior to the Washington Reading Corps approved start date.
WRC Description and Service Site Responsibilities

Applicants selected to receive a member placement award will be expected to enter into a contract which is substantially the same as the sample contract/interagency agreement and its general terms and conditions hyperlinked below. In no event is an award applicant to submit its own standard contract, purchase order, terms and conditions, etc. in response to an award or as a contingency to process payment of Program Participation Fee.

There must be a signed contract between your organization and any other organizations where your AmeriCorps member(s) will serve, with copy provided to WRC. Your organization must hold all member service site locations accountable if instances of risk or noncompliance are identified; can ensure that all AmeriCorps members receive sufficient guidance and support from service site staff; and can adequately train/prepare service site staff to follow AmeriCorps and WRC program regulations, priorities, and expectations.

Please review the following documents before submitting the application
WRC Program Description and Service Site Responsibilities
Member Service Agreement
Sample Contract
Sample Interagency Agreement
PROGRAM PARTICIPATION FEE

For the 2018–2019 program year, the Program Participation Fee is $4,500 per WRC AmeriCorps member. The Program Participation Fee is due to WRC on or before September 30, 2018.

The Program Participation Fee will not be refunded or prorated for any member who terminates service early. However, if a member terminates prior to serving 15% (255 hours) of their full-time, 10.5 month, 1,700-hour service term, there may be an opportunity to refill the position.
APPLICATION PROCESS

WRC’s Request for Application (RFA) is hosted through Survey Gizmo. Complete all fields. If a field is inapplicable, enter "n/a". To resize open-ended question fields, use the handles on the field's bottom right corner. There is a "save and continue" option to save responses and resume the application at a later time. Survey Gizmo will email you a link to the application. If you do not receive the email from Survey Gizmo, please check your spam folder or contact WRC. Applications must be submitted to WRC through Survey Gizmo.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: For technical assistance, contact:
Andrew Kuka, WRC Data Coordinator at akuka@esd.wa.gov; or 
Kendra DeBow, WRC Program Lead at kdebow@esd.wa.gov.
APPLICATION EVALUATION

For the 2018–2019 program year, WRC will award 225 AmeriCorps members to high-needs early learning centers, schools and community-based organizations, with an intent to continue option for the 2019–2020 program year.

Applications will be reviewed and scored on a weekly basis by a panel of WRC and by OSPI staff until all positions are filled. Applications will be scored on:
  • Need 
  • Member recruitment
  • Member training and professional development
  • Member support
  • Program design and implementation
  • Performance measures
  • Volunteer recruitment and management
  • Family engagement
  • Program sustainability
WRC may contact applicants for application discussion, clarification, or negotiation. Selection may be contingent on the applicant providing additional information or making revisions to the application. 

Awards will be announced as they are selected in weekly meetings.