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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Business Opportunities

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Grant Writer/s

Oct 14, 2020

Background

The Rural Capital Area Workforce Development Board, Inc. DBA Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) is a 501c3 quasi-governmental agency led by a volunteer 25-member Board of Directors. The majority (51 percent) of the Board of Directors represents the private sector. The remaining Board membership includes representatives of educational agencies, organized labor, rehabilitation services, community-based organizations, economic development, and state agencies. The Board is responsible for the planning, oversight and evaluation of the workforce development and subsidized child care system in the 9-county service area.

The Board delivers integrated workforce and child care services throughout the 9-County service area. The counties we serve include Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson Counties.

Purpose

Contract with one or more grant writers or organization to lead the planning, writing, and all related preparation and submission of one or more federal grant applications, including but not limited to, the H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program Funding Opportunity (FOA-ETA-20-12). The closing date for this funding opportunity is November 13, 2020

More information on this H-1B grant opportunity is available on grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=20-12

WSRCA expects to develop one contract with a grant writer/s or organization. The selected grant writer/s will be required to enter a written contract for a period beginning on or after October 20, 2020, and ending no later than December 31, 2020, or at a date determined by WSRCA based on the needs of this or other proposals.

Future contracts for grant writing services may be negotiated without further procurement for two additional 12-month periods based on satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Eligible Respondents:

Any organization or individual that has the demonstrated competency, knowledge, and qualifications are invited to respond to the RFQ. Priority will be given to any organization or individual that has written, submitted, and received approval (on behalf of the lead applicant) from at least one, but preferably more than one, federal funding opportunity (FOA or related) in the past five (5) years.

Eligible respondents must be willing and able to meet the deadline for submission of applications for H-1B Rural Healthcare Grant Program Funding Opportunity (FOA-ETA-20-12) by November 13, 2020.

Technical Assistance:

After this RFQ is issued, only written questions will be accepted by email no later than noon Central Standard Time on Friday, October 16, 2020 addressed to:

board.procurement@ruralcapital.net and Paul.Fletcher@ruralcapital.net .

Submission:

Please submit an electronic copy of your response to this RFQ no later than noon Central Standard Time on Monday, October 19, 2020 to:

board.procurement@ruralcapital.net and Paul.Fletcher@ruralcapital.net .

Proposal Conditions:

  1. The Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals submitted. The Board also reserves the right to make no award as a result of this RFQ.
  2. This RFQ does not commit the Board to pay for any cost incurred prior to the execution of any contract. All contracts are contingent upon availability of funds.
  3. The Board specifically reserves the right to vary the provisions set herein any time prior to the execution of the contract where such variance is deemed to be in its best interest.
  4. The Board reserves the right to increase or decrease the quantities or magnitude of this RFQ at the time of award and/or throughout the term of this contract.
  5. All proposals and their accompanying attachments will become the property of the Board after submission and materials will not be returned.
  6. The contents of a successful proposal may become contractual obligations if a contract is awarded. Failure of the proposer to accept those obligations may result in the cancellation of the proposal from the selection process. The contents and requirements of this RFQ may be incorporated into any legally binding and duly negotiated contract between the Board and the selected vendor(s).
  7. A designated contact person for the proposer/vendor must be established. This person will be contacted in the event of inadequate service or problems with compliance. The proposer’s contact person is expected to respond to the Board within 24 hours.
  8. The Board reserves the right to cancel the contract if the vendor fails to perform as agreed, or for convenience if it is in the best interest of the Board.
  9. This is a negotiated procurement utilizing the small purchase method, and as such, award does not have to be made to the respondent submitting the lowest priced offer, but rather to the respondent submitting the most responsive proposal which satisfies the Board’s requirements.

Proposal Instructions:

Complete the following and submit in the following order:

  1. Cover Sheet - Request for Qualifications
  2. Narrative Responses to Questions
  3. Required Certifications


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