Request for Proposals
2021 Request For Proposals has closed.
This funding will support the planning and implementation of projects focused on identifying and taking strategic actions to create policy solutions and/or improve systems of services around Employment & Fair Wages, Early Childhood Education, and Food Insecurity to improve the lives of children prenatal - 5 and their families.
Creating new agreements and processes between local clinics to provide enhanced services to pregnant mothers.
Working with City Council to create policies that use existing resources (vacant homes, motels, etc.) to provide housing for homeless families.
Working with school districts to ensure every child receives school lunch regardless of ability to pay.
Working with City Council to pass policies that reduce the unemployment rate for young men 18-30yo.
Working with telecommunication providers to make Internet connectivity more affordable or free for families.
Bringing together multiple local health programs to improve and align their services helping them to create a system that provides better maternity care.
Working with local restaurants to offer healthier, yet affordable food on their menus.
To be eligible for a grant under this Request for Proposals, applicants for both award categories must meet the following criteria:
Applicant must be a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Organizations that are fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) are eligible. Coalitions are eligible as long as the lead applicant organization meets all other eligibility criteria.
Organizations classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) are not eligible.
Government agencies are not eligible.
Universities or academic institutions are not eligible to be the lead applicant; however, they may serve as a coalition partner to the lead applicant. Must have previously conducted worked with one or more of the Best Start Region 2 communities (called Local Councils, formerly known as Community Partnerships).
Applicants must have staff available to work on this project who are based in LA County. The proposed effort must take place within one or more of the 4 Best Start Region 2 geographies. Failure to meet all eligibility criteria will render a proposal ineligible.
Questions and requests for additional information should be submitted in writing to Ada Mbogu, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by 5:00pm.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
PRIORITY AREAS FOR FUNDING
EMPLOYMENT & FAIR WAGES: Decades of job losses and low-income jobs keep South LA residents from having the opportunity and financial resources to support their families.
Example: addressing unemployment, increasing the minimum wage.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Quality affordable early childhood education is critical to prepare children to be successful and productive adults. Unfortunately, children from low-income communities like South LA continue to suffer from lack of quality and accessible educational opportunities.
Examples: increasing preschool access, advocating for more resources in our schools.
FOOD INSECURITY: Many residents of South LA have to travel beyond their communities to access fresh fruits and vegetables, and struggle to maintain a healthy diet for their families, impacting their overall health.
Examples: increasing access to affordable and healthy food, as well as opportunities to create local food economies
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are encouraged to participate in an informational webinar at 1:00pm on Friday, March 12, 2021 (or listen to the recorded version) to learn more about this RFP. Please register for the webinar at:
After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with information on how to join the webinar. A recording of the webinar will be made available on the Best Start Communities webpage on Saturday, March 13, 2021, and an updated Frequently Asked Questions document will be posted by Monday, March 15, 2021: https://www.beststartcommunities.com/south-la-decides
There are two ways to apply for this grant opportunity:
Prepare a written application to submit via email or in-person drop-off.
Compose a video and upload it to YouTube!
Written Application Instructions
Written applications may be submitted in any language.
Typed applications should include:
A. A cover page (one-page maximum) listing the following information:
Name of applicant organization/group
Mailing address, phone number, and email address, and website of applicant organization/group
Social media handles: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter
Name, title and contact information of organization/group President/Director/Chief Executive Officer
Name, title and contact information of project lead
The grant category for which the applicant is applying:
Amount Requested $__________________
B. Narrative response to application questions (can be found starting on page 5 of the RFP)
The narrative response should be no more than ____pages in total, Not including attachments.
Responses should be submitted in Microsoft Word doc. ONLY (no PDFs, PowerPoint, or other formats)
Please include the following section headers throughout your response:
About Our Organization
Our Measurable Outcomes
Our Evaluation Plan
Our Budget (optional)
Our Video YouTube link (optional)I
Please download the South LA Decides Community Change Fund Initiative 2021 Request for Proposals for further details. If you have any questions contact Ada Mbogu, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at email@example.com no later than Wednesday, March 10, 2021, by 8:00pm.
HOW TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION
You may submit an application in any of the following ways:
For written responses:
Email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org by the submission deadline. Include: “Region 2 Community Change Fund Proposal” in the Subject line.
Drop off a paper/hard copy of your application to Community Health Councils
3731 Stocker St., Suite 201 (2nd floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Please mark your envelope “Attn: Ada Mbogu
Please call Ada Mbogu at 424-261-4798 if you plan on dropping off your application after 5pm. We will make arrangements for someone to be at the office for your drop-off.
For video responses:
Upload your video to YouTube. Set the Privacy Settings on your video to Public or Unlisted – do not set them to Private. Compose an email with the following information in the body of the email, and send it to email@example.com by the submission deadline:
Name of applicant organization/group:
Mailing address, phone number, and email address, and website of applicant organization/group:
Organization’s social media handles: Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter
Name, title, and contact information of organization President/Director/Chief Executive Officer:
Name, title and contact information of project lead:
The grant category for which the applicant is applying: _________________________________
Amount Requested: $__________________