Request for Proposal Timeline and Details

Download the Request for Proposal (RFP) here.
Download the Budget Document. 
Download the Proposing Agency Agreement.

The 2021 RFP timeline:

  • March 19, 2021 - Request for Proposal (RFP) issued
  • March 19 – April 5, 2021 - RFP Question and Answer for agencies period (Ends 5 p.m. on April 5, 2021) 
  • Monday, April 12, 2021 - Final answers, clarifications, and updated RFP will be posted here
  • Monday, April 26, 2021 - Agency LOI deadline – 1 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 10, 2021 - Agencies will be notified if invited to submit a full proposal
  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Agency deadline for full proposal submission – 1 p.m. 
  • Friday, June 18, 2021 - Proposing agencies will be notified of the award 
  • Monday, August 2, 2021 - Evaluation contract begins    

Question and Answers

Q: Does the Funder have a specific funding amount set aside for the proposed evaluation? (I.e., What is the expected level of effort for this work?)
A: Based on feedback from the Request for Information First Steps Kent issued in January 2021, First Steps Kent is estimating the project cost will range between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. 

Q: Does the Funder have any limitations on indirect rate/overhead? 
A: First Steps Kent does not dictate a specific limit as far as an indirect rate or indirect costs. The proposed budget must show clear reasoning for why each budget item is necessary – this includes direct and indirect costs. 

Q: Is the capped budget for evaluation services equal to the frequently-used evaluation allocation of 15% of the anticipated $5.7 million Ready by Five Early Childhood Millage funding, or a different threshold? 
A: Based on feedback from the Request for Information, First Steps Kent is estimating the project cost will range between $100,000 and $200,000 per year. 

Check back here until April 12 for additional questions and answers.

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