Request for Proposals: Rural Cooperative Development Grant Technical Assistance Provider

Request for Proposals  
Project Name: Rural Cooperative Development Grant Technical Assistance Provider 

RFP Issue Date: 9/15/2021

Response Due Date: 10/15/2021

Contract Start Date: 10/20/2021

 

Project Overview and Qualifications

DAWI seeks a technical assistance provider to work with new, emerging, and converting worker-owned cooperatives in rural communities across the country. 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 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: 10/1/2021 - 9/30/2022

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

Description

Suggested Milestones/Deliverables

Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance

Provide structure and governance support for the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance, a BIPOC-led cooperative of seed producers in rural Maryland.

  • Support the incorporation of the cooperative (Q1 2022)
  • Business plan
  • Training materials

Beck’s Bakery

Conversion support for a converting bakery business in Humboldt County

  • Drafted bylaws and governance documents
  • Develop systems and evaluation
  • Conversion in Q2 of 2022

Process General Store

Conversion support for a converting retail business in rural Wisconsin with eight workers, as they open a second location

  • Review operating agreement and governance documents
  • Develop systems of evaluation
  • Conduct trainings in cooperative finance

The Factory Amsterdam

Support for this makerspace and production facility in rural upstate Montgomery County, NY to expand from three to five people and convert to worker cooperative structure

  • Review operating agreement and governance documents
  • Develop systems of evaluation
  • Conduct trainings in cooperative finance

New Framework Construction

Training for 20-person company in Montpelier, VT to support expanding and diversifying workforce

  • Conduct trainings in Spanish for the company on worker cooperative basis, organizational development, and diversity & equity

Hard Deliverables

Deliverables

Rural Businesses assisted:  43

Rural Coops assisted: 5

Coops incorporated: 4

Rural Jobs saved:  24

Rural Jobs created: 7

 

Training Events

Training Events hosted by the USFWC at which there are likely to be rural attendees. These include but are not limited to:

  • Coop Clinic Trainings
  • What is a Worker Coop? Trainings
  • Member trainings and meetings
  • Conferences

Attendance lists

Reporting

The contractor will complete quarterly reports for DAWI staff to keep staff updated on progress, will use shared tracking tools, and will submit deliverables and written reports at mid-point and end of grant.

 

The contractor will submit a written mid-point report and a written final report.

 

As part of mid-point and final reports, the contractor will collect and submit written deliverables including: - sign-in sheets for all events, courses and TA events - copies of presentations and any final work product with clients - incorporation papers

Quarterly updates to shared tracking tools 12/31, 3/31, 6/30, 9/30

 

 

 

 

Mid-point report: 3/31/22

Final report: 9/15/22

 

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: Rural Cooperative Development Grant Technical Assistance Provider

RFP Issue Date: 9/15/2021

Response Due Date: 10/15/2021

Contract Start Date: 10/20/2021

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

Submission Email Subject Line: Rural Cooperative Development Grant Technical Assistance Provider RFP Response