Second Round of Request for Proposals

Submissions closed on August 04, 2023, 11:59 PM

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The second round of requests for proposals (RFPs) for Participatory Budgeting Grand Rapids (PBGR) selected projects are now on the street. The City is looking for individuals, organizations, companies or agencies to conduct Youth Affordable Housing and Support, Support for Victims of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking, and Community Support & Beautification initiatives.

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Requested Proposals

Youth Affordable Housing and Support Initiative

The goal of the Youth Affordable Housing and Support Initiative focused on residents in the First Ward and Third Ward, ages 18-24, is to increase youth housing stability in Grand Rapids. It will also look to strengthen connections to services across a range of needs such as employment, education, addiction treatment and mental health services.

The program will carry this out by:

  1. Creating an initiative designed to help youth quickly exit homelessness and return to permanent housing offered without preconditions such as employment, income, absence of a criminal record, or sobriety.
  2. Incorporating support for pursuing education, employment, life skills, counseling, career case management, and mentoring.
  3. Partnering with educational institutions, community organizations, and individuals that might contribute to the success of the program.

Read full RFP for the Youth & Affordable Housing Support Initiative(PDF, 482KB)

Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence Program

The Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence Program will focus on the empowerment of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking in the First Ward. The program will support vulnerable residents and provide them with pathways to self-sufficiency and empower them to make healthy choices and live free from violence.

Read full RFP for the Supporting Victims of Domestic Violence Program(PDF, 484KB)

Community Support & Beautification Initiative

The Community Support & Beautification initiative "Cleaning up GR" aims to strengthen community relationships and improve the environment and living conditions for those living in the First Ward.

The proposer will carry this out by:

  1. Partnering with existing community organizations to identify specific neighborhood needs around general cleanliness and upkeep, and how these needs can be addressed.
  2. Creating a group of neighborhood ambassadors like Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc’s. ambassadors that would walk identified corridors on a scheduled basis to beautify, clean up trash and debris, and engage with visitors and liaise with City departments on identified needs.

Read full RFP for the Community Support & Beautification Initiative(PDF, 482KB)

Application Process

Proposal submissions need to be received by the City’s Purchasing Department no later than 11:59 P.M. on Friday, August 4, 2023.

The City requires that all responses to these RFPs be submitted by either uploading the complete response through the BidNet Direct solution, OR by submittal of the complete response in a digital media format (on flash drive or other media) OR by hard copy/paper form to the address provided in the RFP instructions, by the submittal due date.

Please read each RFP carefully and follow the instructions exactly. The City of Grand Rapids is required by law to use a very specific purchasing process.