Request for Proposals Capacity Building and Technical Assistance

Contract period​: Posting Date​: Proposals Due​: Submission​: Funding Decisions​: Decisions Notices​:


Access to Justice Grants Request for Proposals Capacity Building and Technical Assistance

January 24, 2020 - June 30, 2020 December 28, 2019 5:00pm CST, January 15, 2020 Expected by January 20, 2020. Proposers will be informed of acceptance or rejection by email

Access to Justice (A2J) is an Illinois statewide program that seeks to mitigate the devastating consequences of incarceration and family separation on vulnerable communities by: expanding effective and holistic community-based legal services, providing opportunities for authentic local leadership of affected individuals, sharing experience and best practices between partner organizations to increase capacity. This will be achieved through mass education provided through Community Navigators and the provision of legal services.

The Access to Justice Program (A2J), administered by The Resurrection Project and the Westside Justice Center, expands and improves access to legal representation and system navigation for vulnerable communities, including the undocumented and those impacted by incarceration throughout Illinois.

Description of RFP​: The Westside Justice Center (WJC) seeks to execute one to two contracts for up to $100,000 with an organization to provide capacity building and technical assistance to A2J programs. Capacity building will be provided to attorneys and team members at community-based organizations providing legal services and information to communities impacted by incarceration.

WJC will competitively select proposers that have proposed technical assistance and capacity building services for A2J programs. Responses must address issues commonly faced by individuals and communities impacted by incarceration. Proposers must have a clear framework for delivering services and accomplishing performance goals and measures.

Proposers must provide a detailed description of their qualifications; how they plan to accomplish outcomes; their project design; their organizational, administrative, and fiscal capacity; and their past performance and programmatic capability. The closing date for responses is January 15, 2020. All responses must be received by​ no later than 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time.

  • ● Program Narrative addressing the following (word limit 500):

  • ○ Describe the specific activities you are proposing for funding

  • ○ Outline qualifications and experience for providing proposed activities

  • ○ Provide the outcomes for the funding period (January 24, 2020 – June 30, 2020)

  • ● Attachments

  • ○ Proposed contract budget

  • ○ Most recent 990

  • ○ W9

  • ○ Resume that demonstrates qualifications of lead staff

  • ○ Professional Liability Insurance

Completed proposals must be submitted to ​​ by 5pm on January 15, 2020. Funding decisions are expected by January 20, 2020. Proposer will be notified of the decisions by email.

Instructions to Proposers​:

  1. Clarifications​: Questions regarding this RFP must be submitted in writing to the​.

  1. Interpretation of RFP​: Interpretation of the wording of this document shall be the responsibility

of WJC and that interpretation shall be final.

  1. MBE/WBE Participation Goals​: In an effort to continue to promote and expand the participation

of certified MBE/WBE firms, the proposer shall make good faith efforts to utilize MBE/WBE certified firms as sub-Proposers. If M/WBE firms are utilized for this program, the proposer shall state the name(s) of the minority and women sub- Proposer(s) and the level of participation proposed for each firm to be awarded a subcontract.

  1. WJC Rights​: WJC reserves the right to reject any and all offers, to waive any informality in the offers and, unless otherwise specified by the Proposer, to accept any item in the offer. WJC also reserves the right to accept or reject all or part of your Proposal, in any combination that is economically and programmatically advantageous to WJC.

  2. Service Agreement​: Final terms of service provision, including duties and responsibilities of Contractors and WJC, Term of Performance, Compensation, Dispute Resolution, Events of Default, Remedies, Termination, Suspension and Right to Offset, Notifications, and any other Specific Conditions, shall be governed by a Service Agreement.

Access to Justice Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity

Proposals Requirements​: To be considered, proposers must submit the following documents:

● Cover page including:

  • ○ Organization’s name

  • ○ Organization’s Legal Form

  • ○ Federal Employee Identification Number

  • ○ Project Lead: Name, title, address, phone, and email

  • ○ Proposal contact: Name, title, address, phone, and email

  • ○ Amount requested


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