On behalf of Career Connect Washington (CCW), the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) is conducting a Round 10 Request for Proposals (RFP) for CCW Program Builder Funding. We are seeking proposals from highly qualified entities capable of building or expanding Career Launch (including Registered Apprenticeship), Career Prep, and Career Explore programs.

Our vision is that every young adult in Washington will have multiple pathways toward economic self-sufficiency and fulfilment, strengthened by a comprehensive state-wide system for career connected learning. In order for every young adult to succeed, we must intentionally focus on populations kept furthest from opportunity, especially students of color, Indigenous students, low-income students, rural students, and students with disabilities. Women- and BIPOC-led organizations and organizations specifically serving young people of color and people with lived experience in historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To catalyze development and expansion of programs statewide, $4,000,000 of federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I Statewide Activities Funds will be made available. ESD targets $100,000 – $150,000 per award. No single award will exceed $250,000. ESD expects periods of performance will begin in March 2023 and will end in August 2024.

Bids are due December 30, 2022, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. The RFP can be accessed via the Washington Electronic Business Solutions (WEBS) system (RFP #2022-27, WEBS System Identifier 49001). Bidders are responsible for downloading the solicitation document and all appendices and incorporated documents. Questions can be directed to Procurement Coordinator Jennifer Watson (esdgpbids@esd.wa.gov).

Career Connect Washington partners and stakeholders are encouraged to share this announcement broadly, to any and all potential bidders.

CCW Program Intermediary Round 10 Timeline & Activities

Bidders’ Conference November 17, 2022 – 11:00-12:30 PM

Questions Due November 22, 2022 – 5:00 PM
Answers Posted December 5, 2022 – 5:00 PM
Proposals Due December 30, 2022, at 5:00 PM 
Announcement of Successful Bidders January 27, 2023

Grant Information:

Eligible Applicants: Entities interested in performing the role of Program Builder and working with Regional Networks, Career Connected Learning Coordinators at the Educational Service Districts, and industry and education partners to expand the use of current curricula or develop new curricula for Career Launch programs (including Registered Apprenticeships), Career Prep, or Career Explore programs.

Funding: $4,000,000 of federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Title I Statewide Activities Funds will be made available. ESD targets $100,000 – $150,000 per award. No single award will exceed $250,000.

Period of Performance: Estimated at 18 months, March 2023 through August 2024.

Allowable Costs:
Funding will support program development costs and will not support enrollments, wrap-around services, instruction, or direct participant recruitment.
Allowable budget categories may include the following, provided costs are attributable to contract activities:

  • Staff Salaries;
  • Staff Benefits;
  • Costs for outreach to business and education partners;
  • Travel directly related to program development;
  • Supplies; and
  • Contracts for curriculum development.

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