Request for Proposal: New York City Cooperative Education Support Contractor

Project Name: New York City Cooperative Education Support Contractor 
RFP Issue Date: 9/23/2022
Response Due Date: 10/7/2022
Contract Start Date: 7/1/2022

Project Overview and Qualifications  

The Democracy at Work Institute seeks a qualified contractor to provide technical assistance and organize educational events in New York City. Additional details on the scope of work is described below. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in areas of work outlined in the scope, strong relationships and credibility within the world of democratic workplaces and the ability to activate those workplaces to participate,  and show that they have the ability to coordinate peer advisors from democratic workplaces. 

About DAWI 
The Democracy at Work Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit movement-based think-and-do tank that works to expand worker ownership to meet the needs of workers locked out of good jobs and business ownership opportunities, especially BIPOC, recent-immigrant, and low-wage workers. We do research and advocacy; we develop tools and new models; we train worker-owners and developers; and we build cooperative development capacity to ensure that further growth in the worker cooperative movement reaches low-income people, people of color and recent immigrants. In all our work, as well as internal operations, we strive to embody our organizational values of Excellence, Equity, Entrepreneurialism, Collaboration, and Human-Centeredness.

Scope of Work 

Anticipated project period: 7/1/2022 - 6/30/2023
Anticipated project budget:  $27,000

The Democracy at Work Institute seeks a qualified partner to provide support on a wide range of initiatives. We anticipate that the project deliverables, milestones and level of effort will be as outlined in this chart. Milestones and descriptions are preliminary and we welcome extra detail in proposals. 

Work Area: Technical Assistance
Suggested Milestones/Deliverables: 12 technical assistance events delivered

12 Technical Assistance events delivered in the following NYC TA categories: 

  • Initial Consultation
  • Marketing/Market Research
  • Business Planning and Coaching
  • Web Development and Support
  • Governance and Internal Manuals
  • Strategic Planning


  • Intakes/referrals
  • Deeper peer advisor engagements

Work Area: Educational events
Suggested Milestones/Deliverables: 125 eligible course completions

125 eligible course completions, which will be achieved via through a variety of virtual events and courses (to be described in RFP response)

Work Area: Reporting
Suggested Milestones/Deliverables: Monthly reports and work plan

The contractor will:

  • Participate in data reporting each month 
  • Submit a finalized work plan after winning the RFP 
  • Participate in a January mid-point check-in

Proposal Template

The response should include the following sections: 

  • Statement of Work 
    • A description of how the applicant will undertake the scope of  work, including key project milestones and/or deliverables
  • Organizational qualifications
    • An overview of why the applicant is qualified to do the work outlined in the scope 
  • Personnel 
    • Names and qualifications of the individuals that will execute this work 
    • Allocation and role of assigned staff 
    • Include a short bio and resumes of staff that will be allocated to the project 
  • Budget 
    • A standard line-item budget using the following categories:
      • Personnel
      • Fringe
      • Contractors
      • Travel
      • Supplies
      • Other [describe]

Proposal Submission Instructions

Organizations that meet the qualifications outlined in this document should submit their documents electronically in a single PDF. 

Proposals should be clearly written and describe the applicant’s understanding and plan to address the work described in the Scope section of this document. 

Project Name: New York City Cooperative Education and Support Contractor 
RFP Issue Date: 9/23/2022
Response Due Date: 10/7/2022
Submission Email Address: jmace [at]
Submission Email Title:  NYC Cooperative Education Support Contractor RFP Response