Denver Workforce ServicesPandemic Response Request for Proposal Overview

OUR APPROACHFocus on Displaced,Unemployed &Underemployed WorkersIdentify Long-term CareerPathways in Key IndustriesBuild Access and a StrongerService PhilosophyBuilding a strong workforce inthe City & County of DenverFocus on Quality Jobs &Middle-Skill SectorsEnsure Economic Mobility forUnderserved Populations &NeighborhoodsFocus on Strengths-BasedApproachConsider Employer as Customer;Jobseeker as Talent ProductLeverage City andContractor ResourcesProvide Direct Job Pipelineto Public Projects2

WHAT WE DODenver Workforce Servicesassists employers to hire, train, and retain a qualityworkforce while providing jobseekers the abilityto access, explore, prepare, learn, and connect toemployment, training, and workforce

WHO WHEREOPERATION OF THREE WORKFORCE CENTERSWorkforce Center at Westside - 1200 Federal Blvd.Workforce Center at Montbello – 4685 Peoria St.Workforce Center at DEN – 8500 Pena Blvd., Main TerminalDENVER WORKFORCEDEVELOPMENTBOARDDENVER WORKFORCE INTEGRATION NETWORK (DWIN)DWIN serves as an interconnected network of community partners who are committed toempowering Denver residents through meeting their educational and employment needs.FUNDED PARTNERSEckerd Connects, Denver Public Schools, Volunteers of America, CommunityWorks, Centerfor Employment Opportunities, Urban Peak, Ability Connection Colorado, NEST Partners4

STRATEGIC PRIORITIESIncrease access to and impact of business and workforce services to improve theeconomic mobility for Denver residents Continued development and delivery of virtual services designed to assist in the COVID-19recovery Expand and enhance programs and services that provide youth access to quality education,training and jobs, aligning summer programs with year-round support Expand and enhance DEN service offerings including the launch of the Gateway TrainingProgram Expand and enhance program and service delivery options for priority populations Improvecontractor/vendor support to increase successful outcomes and offer additional support toother agency-funded employment and training programs5

STRATEGIC PRIORITIESStrengthen alignment between business needs and community assets to ensureDenver has a productive, educated, competitive and knowledgeable workforce Implement Good Jobs Strategy while incorporating programs and initiatives to support the Futureof Work Expand the Denver Construction Careers Program to track and support workforce development onselected city projects Develop key city partnership/project pipeline and coordinate with WORKNOW for talentdevelopment and placement Leverage employer partnerships to expand work-based learning, apprenticeships, and employmentopportunities Secure additional funding to invest in local providers and priority populations6




BACKGROUNDThe purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to support agencies with adaptingand responding to our region’s workforce development needs during the COVID-19pandemic. We are looking for proposals that advance: Programs and services designed to reskill individuals displaced from COVID-19 affected jobs intocareer pathways in high growth industries and in-demand occupations Programs and services designed to improve digital literacy and reskill displaced and/or unemployedworkers into middle-skill, middle-high wage occupations Wrap-around supports that removebarriers to making progress on employment and career goals Programs and services aimed at placing Denver residents from priority populations on a continuumof quality education, training, workforce development, and economic security programs. Programs and services offering employment in a job along a career pathway, education/training, andeconomic security as a continuum with an integrated approach, where individuals can takeadvantage of multiple services to help them become economically self-sufficient10

BACKGROUNDThe intent of this grant is to serve individuals who have been adversely anddisproportionately affected by COVID-19 which include, but are not limited toindividuals experiencing the following conditions; Low-income Unemployment related to COVID Disability Residing in one of DEDO’s targeted neighborhoods Receiving public assistance Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Basic skills deficient Justice involved Other significant barriers to employment11

FUNDING AND PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE DEDO will be using funds from Federal Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus(CDBG-CV) DEDO may award funding to one or more entities that demonstrate an ability toeffectively deliver and manage services as described within this RFP at the best value. Award amounts will vary based on several factors, such as the scope of the proposedresponse and the number of grant requests received. To provide guidance for applicants,the suggested size of awards is anticipated to range from 150,000- 500,000. Proposalsthat demonstrate a coordinated effort among two or more partners may be considered forlarger grant awards. The agreement is anticipated to have a contract term effective July 1, 2021, through June30, 2022. While the proposer may partner with another organization, one entity mustserve as the fiscal agent.12

ELIGIBLE RESPONDENTSEligible respondents include governmental, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations oragencies engaged in a public service. Governmental agencies serving the listedpopulation focus: Priority will be given to community-based organizations with a track record of providing services totargeted populations of the city while maintaining high standards of program management andaccountability. Priority will be given to proposals that incorporate partnerships and collaborations under this RFP.Partnerships focusing on seamless integration of services are strongly encouraged to ensure thatthere are no gaps in the continuum of programs and services. Partnerships are urged to include abroad spectrum of stakeholders, including but not limited to employers, higher education, adultbasic education providers, and community-based organizations. Each applicant may apply as the lead applicant for only one proposal. Applicants may be membersof more than one partnership under this RFP. Applicants may also serve as a fiscal agent for morethan one organization.13

TIMELINE2021 PANDEMIC RESPONSE RFPRFP ISSUED Monday March 22, 2021 Pandemic Response ProgramPRE-PROPOSAL QUESTIONS Wednesday March 24, 2021 4:00 p.m. (MDT)All general questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by e-mail to DEDO BusinessDevelopment [email protected] questions may be asked at the Pre-Proposal Conference.PRE-PROPOSAL CONFERENCE Wednesday March 31, 2021 1:30 p.m. (MDT)This will be a TEAM LIVE EVENT to discuss the 2021 Pandemic Response RFP. Representatives from Denver Workforce Services and other staff willshare the city’s guiding principles, priorities, and regulatory requirements, and will address questions about the 2021 Pandemic Response RFP andthis process.QUESTIONS ON RFP GUIDELINES DUEMonday, April 5, 20214:00 p.m. (MDT) DEDO BusinessDevelopment [email protected] TO RFP RELEASED Wednesday April 7, 20214:00 p.m. (MDT)Answers to all questions and any significant changes to the RFP will be made available through an addendum published on PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE Monday April 12, 20214:00 p.m.(MDT)14

CDBG-CVCommunity Development Block Grant (CDBG) – CV Prepare for, Prevent, or Respond to COVID-19 Duplication of BenefitsCDBG National Objectives Low to Moderate Income Benefit Low-Moderate Clientele Low-Moderate Area Data Reporting for CDBGCDBG Eligible vs Ineligible Expenses Common expenses for public services: Staff salaries Supplies to offer services and training programsunder scope of work Proportional costs for rent, communications,subcontractors, etc. Common examples of ineligible expenses for publicservice programs under CDBG: Equipment, with limited exceptions Furniture Income payments to program participants Political activitiesLearn more about federal dollars granted toDenver on DEDO’s Denver and HUD web pages,and in our new HUD User’s Guide15

FAQsDoes this RFP allow for services to those who will initially need entry-level employment, potentially innon-career tracks (flagger, CDL, etc.) ?The RFP does allow for services that are intended to move people to entry-level employment, howeverpriority will be given to proposals that are able to demonstrate clear career pathways to sustainableemployment and self-sufficiencyIs there an average or maximum cost per participant amount?There is not a minimum or maximum cost per participant stated. We realize that programs and servicesvary depending upon the types of services and targeted populations.What are the requirements for a participant regarding location?This RFP is intended to award proposals that provide direct programs and services to Denver residents.Do they have to currently live in Denver?Programs and services shall be designed to serve Denver residents.If they’re in a halfway house program in Arapahoe County but they reside in Denver, do they qualify?The RFP would allow for this if the intent of the program is to move individuals with conviction as abarrier out of a halfway house and back to their home in Denver.16

FAQsIs there a Word version of the application so we can draft our answers in the Word documentthen paste the answers into WizeHive?No, there is not. However, WizeHive does have a print option at the top of the applicationpage that you can use to make a PDF version of your application.What are the work/character limits for the narrative questions?1,000 character limit.17


Workforce Center at Westside - 1200 Federal Blvd. Workforce Center at Montbello -4685 Peoria St. Workforce Center at DEN -8500 Pena Blvd., Main Terminal OPERATION OF THREE WORKFORCE CENTERS DENVER WORKFORCE INTEGRATION NETWORK (DWIN) DENVER WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD