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Intermediary for the Early Care and Education Policy and Advocacy Fund RFQ

Posting updated on September 22, 2016 extending application deadline through October 5, 2016 by 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

The Early Care and Education Policy and Advocacy Fund (Fund) is a multi-year initiative that reflects First 5 LA’s understanding that access to affordable, quality early learning experiences is essential in ensuring all L.A. County children enter kindergarten ready to succeed in school and life. It also recognizes that broad public policy, advocacy and public funding support are critical to achieving First 5 LA’s overarching goal. First 5 LA is seeking applications from qualified organizations to serve as the Fund Intermediary to accomplish four main objectives:

  1. Provide administrative coordination of the Fund including co-design of the Fund and the competitive grantee selection process;
  2. Coordinate capacity building, learning and information sharing;
  3. Track and assess progress towards the anticipated Fund outcomes; and
  4. Inform First 5 LA’s efforts to build relationships with other funders/partners working to increase investments and policy changes in ECE.

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Intermediary for the Early Care and Education Policy and Advocacy Fund RFQ

RFQ Q&A Last Updated September 30, 2016

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must have experience serving as an intermediary for a public or private philanthropic entity with demonstrated success. Past experience shall include developing, administering, monitoring and learning from grant programs with an emphasis on multi-year, multi-million dollar policy efforts. In addition, First 5 LA is seeking applicants who can serve as a neutral and trusted Fund Intermediary. ECE policy subject matter expertise is not required.

Please note: The organization selected to serve as the Fund Intermediary not eligible to apply or receive grants from the ECE Fund.

How to Apply

Applicants wishing to apply must submit a completed application to First 5 LA no later than 5 p.m. PT on September 26, 2016  October 5, 2016. Please review the RFQ’s Timeline for Selection Process on page three of the RFQ to ensure availability during the review activities.

Step 1: Create a user account by clicking here.

Step 2: Once a user account has been created, click here to access the application.

Step 3: Once an application has been started, click here to modify and/or submit your application. Please do not create a new application once you have started your application.

For help with the online application click here.

Proposers must submit all required documents specified in the RFQ through this online form. It is highly recommended that you print a copy of your application for your records prior to clicking "Submit." To do this, click "Printer-Friendly Version." You should review the printed copy prior to submitting the application electronically. In addition, you should ensure that the attachments were successfully uploaded by reviewing the list of attachments included.

To ensure that all potential proposers receive the same information, questions and answers will be compiled and posted on the RFQ webpage. All questions and requests for additional information regarding this RFQ must be received in writing by First 5 LA via email. All questions and requests for additional information must be received before 5:00 PM PT on September 12, 2016 September 30, 2016, and answers will be posted on the website by September 16, 2016 October 4, 2016. First 5 LA reserves the sole right to determine the timing and content of the responses to all questions and requests for additional information. First 5 LA may respond to individual inquires and then post replies to all questions by the posting date.

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Contact Us

Questions and requests for additional information must be submitted in writing to Mabel Muñoz, Senior Program Officer.

E-mail:  [email protected]

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