Become a Program Provider


If you submitted a proposal by the due date of November 7th at 5:00pm, please see "Important Dates" below for next steps.

Current Providers:

Similar to last year, Current Providers—defined as those who are providing a program with After School Matters during the current program year (Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015)—will not submit a proposal through the standard RFP process. Rather, current providers will be part of a separate renewal process focused on providing support to increase their capacity to create quality programs and be effective instructors. 

Renewal Steps:

1)    Review your program’s profile.  A copy of your program’s profile will be emailed to you by October 3, 2014. (Programs that are new to After School Matters this fall will not receive a profile).   

2)    Follow the instructions on how to submit at Renewal Form.  Instructions are found by clicking this link.

3)    Summit your Renewal Form by November 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM.

Click here to access the Skills Development Plan Evaluation Rubric.

Sports Providers: Independent instructors interested in providing a sports Apprenticeship or another program implemented through the Chicago Park District / After School Matters partnership can submit a cover letter and resume to After School Matters Human Resources division at   Current Sports Instructors will be asked to fill out a survey in January, 2015 regarding next year’s programming. 


New Providers:

After School Matters RFP is now open for new providers.  After School Matters is seeking new independent instructors and community organizations interested in providing after-school and summer programs during the 2015 – 2016 program year.                               

Get Started:

Click here for 2015 – 2016 RFP Instructions.

Click here for the 2015 – 2016 Programmatic Guide.

Click here to create a new online account and begin working on your proposal.

Click here to log back in and continue working on your proposal.

Click here to access the presentation from the New Providers Workshop.

Click below to access Program Rubrics:

Apprenticeship Evaluation Rubric

Internship Evaluation Rubric

Skills Development Plan Evaluation Rubric

Cityspan Technical Manual for online proposal process – download PDF


After School Matters is seeking new and innovative program proposals in the following content areas:

  • Arts
  • Communications
  • Science
  • Sports
  • Technology

Important Dates

October 1, 2015 - RFP Released for the 2015- 2016 Program Year

October 8, 2014 - RFP Informational Session

November 7, 2014 - RFP Due by 5:00 PM

April 1, 2015 - RFP Decisions communicated to Summer Providers

July 1, 2015 - RFP Decisions communicated to School Year Providers


After School Matters will continue to respond to inquiries about the RFP process. Questions can be submitted through the RFP Questions webform or via email to After School Matters will respond to all inquiries within one business day. If you have a technical question related to the online proposal process, please call the Cityspan help desk at 866-469-6884.

FAQ: Click here to read through some Frequently Asked Questions about the RFP process.