Bidding Opportunity
**The due date for this bidding opportunity has passed**

Workforce Boulder County Innovation Funds

Due Date: 10/18/2023 2:00 pm
Bidding Number: RFP #7507-23
Bidding Categories: Workforce Boulder County
Other Comments:

Purpose/Background

Boulder County Board of County Commissioners, on behalf of Workforce Boulder County and the Boulder County Workforce Development Board, are seeking additional proposals for the Workforce Innovation Grant Program (Innovation Grants) under Colorado House Bill 21-1264. Workforce Boulder County received a total of $1,029,444 to contract out to local grant applicants. A maximum of $450,000 shall be available for any project (this amount includes administrative funds, which are limited according to federal laws and regulations). Applicants do not have to request the full amount.

We are interested in your story and project (your “why”) as well as in how your project will meet the technical requirements of the grant, and we encourage you to consider your application from these two points of view.

  • In your proposal, tell us about the problem you are seeking to address, who has been impacted; how your project will help reduce that impact; and share details of your goals and what you hope to accomplish. If you have evidence of the impacts or if your work is evidence-based, please provide a brief summary of the evidence.
  • Finally, all projects must meet the requirements of funding, as set out in the section “Specifications”, the section “Cover Sheet and Project Narrative”, and in the technical checklist (each below). Applicants are strongly encouraged to read Program Guidance Letter GRT-2021-02 issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment that outlines the vision for the Innovation Grant.

Period of Performance

One hundred percent (100%) of the allocation must be expended by December 31, 2024.

Eligible Applicants

Grant applicants must conduct business in Boulder County with a physical presence in the area. The following entities are eligible to apply for Innovation Grants:

  1. Public and Private Sector Employers, Employer Organization, or Trade Associations
  2. Apprenticeship Sponsors
  3. Community-Based Organizations
  4. Colorado Workforce Centers
  5. Formalized Sector Partnerships recognized by the CWDC

Eligible applicants may apply in partnership with sub-applicants, including

  • higher education,
  • libraries,
  • K-12 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES),
  • adult education programs,
  • proprietary (private) training providers,
  • economic development corporations, and
  • non-profit organizations.

Written Inquiries

We welcome questions about the grant funds and potential uses prior to submission of a proposal. Answers to these questions will be made in a Q&A style document (unfortunately, we cannot respond individually).

All inquiries regarding this RFP must be submitted via email to the Boulder County Purchasing Office at purchasing@bouldercounty.gov on or before 2:00 p.m. September 29, 2023. A response from the county to all inquiries will be posted and sent via email no later than October 6, 2023.

Do not contact any other county department or personnel with questions or for information regarding this solicitation.

Submittal Instructions

Submittals are due at the email box only, for time and date recording on or before 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time on October 18, 2023. Vendors must answer whether line-item pricing information submitted with a bid is confidential or closely held.

Please note that email responses to this solicitation are limited to a maximum of 50MB capacity.

NO ZIP FILES OR LINKS TO EXTERNAL SITES WILL BE ACCEPTED. THIS INCLUDES GOOGLE DOCS AND SIMILAR SITES. ALL SUBMITTALS MUST BE RECEIVED AS AN ATTACHMENT (E.G. PDF, WORD, EXCEL).

RFP #7507-23

WIG Grant_Budget_Template 2023

The attached addendum supersedes the original Information and Specifications regarding RFP #7507-23 where it adds to, deletes from, clarifies or otherwise modifies. All other conditions and any previous addendums shall remain unchanged.

Please note: BIDS will only be accepted electronically by emailing purchasing@bouldercounty.gov.

RFP #7507-23 Addendum 1