Request for Proposals: General Support

Request for Proposals  
Project Name: General Support 

RFP Issue Date: 12/15/2021

Response Due Date: 1/15/2022

Contract Start Date: 1/20/2022


Project Overview and Qualifications

The Democracy at Work Institute seeks a qualified partner to provide a wide range of general support services that are 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 demonstrated 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 expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to communities most directly affected by economic, social, and racial inequality. 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: January 2022–December 2022

Anticipated project budget:  $30,000


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


Suggested Milestones/Deliverables


Conduct research and gathers data, such as economic census, individual census.

Recruit and support cooperatives to participate in data-gathering and surveys, including the national enterprise survey and individual worker survey.


  • Annual project plan and scope co-signed by DAWI and USFWC

  • Completed census 

Milestone: At least 25% of known worker cooperatives participate in national enterprise survey/economic census.

Event Production

Co-produce cooperative field-facing events, recruiting coops to present, participate and attend.

Milestone:  At least 50% worker cooperative participation in convenings and webinars.

Support the field

Foster leadership and participation within the cooperative field through TA, training, and the development of educational materials.

Deliverable: List of member educational events and participation


Collaborate on high-level messaging alignment and comms strategy. Participate in coordinating meetings.

Deliverable: Meeting notes, creation of shared messaging and advocacy strategy

Field building

Build connections within the field and with other movements by attending  major conferences to represent the worker cooperative sector (e.g. NCBA, others). Collaborate on event attendance with DAWI leadership.

Deliverable: List of events participated in

Policy Support

Align with DAWI to engage cooperatives on shared advocacy initiatives.

Regular meeting of cooperative policy and advocacy member groups 

Deliverable: Meeting schedule and notes

Programmatic coordination

Participate in strategy and planning meetings with DAWI and join in key staff meetings and strategy calls as appropriate.

Deliverable: Meeting schedule and notes

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: General Support

Submission Email Address: jporter [at] (subject: Rural%20Cooperative%20Development%20Grant%20Technical%20Assistance%20Provider%20RFP%20Response)

Submission Email Subject Line: General Support RFP Response


Evaluation Criteria

Submitted proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria: 

  1. Project Approach 

    a. Applicants demonstrate a clear and effective approach to meet the scope of work 

  2. Qualifications of the organization

    a. This includes: demonstrated experience in the field of worker cooperatives and past experience with relevant project work 

  3. Qualifications of personnel 

    a. Demonstrated and relevant experience of staff members 

  4. Budget

    a. Demonstration that the applicant can meet project deliverables within the outlined project budget 

In evaluating proposals, DAWI may seek information from the applicant or other sources that it deems necessary on submitted proposals.