Contracting Opportunities for Workforce-Related Services

In June, Ramsey County will release several contracting opportunities for non-profits or fiscally sponsored organizations to provide quality workforce-related services to residents through December 30, 2020. Funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the purpose of these contract opportunities is to address and help mitigate the economic and workforce gaps of Ramsey County residents most impacted by COVID-19.

The economic impact from COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting black people, indigenous people, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans and opportunity youth communities. Organizations that focus on ending racial and socioeconomic disparities are encouraged to apply.

The table below includes a brief description of upcoming opportunities and estimated release dates. Dates are subject to change and additional requests may be posted. Answers to questions will be posted by the date listed.

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Opportunity Description Procurement specialist Timeline
Learn Earn Lead Partner with community youth (ages 14-19) employment providers to pivot programming that would fill existing service gaps for at-risk youth to ensure they are receiving critical opportunities this summer despite COVID-19.

Andrew Greenlee
651-266-8069

  • Released: May 26
     
  • Questions due: June 3 at noon
     
  • Answers provided: June 5 at 4:30 p.m.
    View Answers (PDF)
     
  • Quotes due: June 12, 4:30 p.m.
Young Adult Transitions Programs

Provide quality summer or fall employment and career transition services in Ramsey County to young adults (ages 18-24, culturally specific) impacted by COVID-19 in:

  • Mentorship.
  • Financial literacy.
  • Leadership.
  • Entrepreneurship.
  • Self-esteem.
  • Confidence.
  • Emotional regulation.
  • Healthy relationships.
  • Cultural identity and wellness, etc.

Kyle Rahne
651-266-8078

  • Released: June 4
     
  • Questions due: June 10 at noon
     
  • Answers provided: June 12 at 4:30 p.m.
    View Answers (PDF)
     
  • Quotes due: June 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Generation Future: Youth Life Skills

Provide services and training to youth (ages 16-19) in areas of workforce development, learning and life skills:

  • Career exploration and pathways (learning kits, virtual coaching, etc.).
  • Labor market information, to assist youth in making informed career decisions.
  • Leadership, time management and problem solving skills.
  • Digital literacy and social media etiquette.
  • Financial wellness.
  • Personal and professional support networks.
  • Cultural identity.
  • Social capital, self-advocacy and social engagement. 

Karen Bollinger
651-266-8077

  • Released: June 4
     
  • Questions due: June 10 at noon
     
  • Answers provided: June 12 at 4:30 p.m.
    View Answers (PDF)
     
  • Quotes due: June 19 at 4:30 p.m.
Community CARES Employment Services Provide employment and career services targeting specific populations impacted by COVID-19 including justice involved, seniors, culturally specific, veterans and people with disabilities. Funding will be provided for the areas of curriculum, coaching, career tools, engagement, job placement and training referrals.

Andrew Greenlee
651-266-8069

  • Release: June 10 by 4:30 p.m.
     
  • Questions due: June 16 by noon
     
  • Answers provided: June 18 by 4:30 p.m.
    View Answers (PDF)
     
  • Quotes due: June 25 by 4:30 p.m.
Virtualization of Training

Transformation of current workforce skill building curriculum to digital platforms and provide those virtual training opportunities to residents most impacted by COVID-19. Will fund initiatives to increase access to technology infrastructure for the purpose of engaging in training.

Andrew Greenlee
651-266-8069

Karen Bollinger
651-266-8077

Kyle Rahne
651-266-8078

  • Release: June 10 by 4:30 p.m.
     
  • Questions due: June 16 by noon
     
  • Answers provided: June 18 by 4:30 p.m.
    View Answers (PDF)
     
  • Quotes due: June 25 by 4:30 p.m.
Community Innovation Inclusion Fund

Open to non-profits or fiscally sponsored organizations where the mission is rooted in the culture(s) and identity(ies) of individuals served and the services incorporate the values, traditions, worldview of Black, American Indian, and other racially and ethnically diverse communities who are most impacted by COVID-19.

We encourage projects which promote and accelerate racial healing, equity and inclusion; and reduction of racial inequities and bias against racial and ethnic communities through developing and leveraging workforce and career readiness programming using inclusive tactics via new and advancing partnerships. Organizations will be supported in a cohort model by the Center for Economic Inclusion.

Kyle Rahne
651-266-8078

  • Request for Informal Quote Released: Wednesday, June 17 by 4:30 p.m.
     
  • Questions due: Tuesday, June 23 by noon
     
  • Answers provided: Thursday, June 25 by 4:30 p.m.
    View Answers (PDF)
     
  • Proposals Due: Monday, July 6 by 4:30 p.m.