Division: Lower Shore Workforce Alliance
The purpose of this RFP is to identify service providers for WIOA Out-of-School Youth training and employment services.

Project Status:
We are not accepting questions or bids/proposals at this time

Lead Contacts:
Procurement Officer

Dates and Timeline:

May 1, 2019             Release of RFP

June 4, 2019             Bidders’ Conference at 1:30 pm

June 18, 2019          Deadline to submit questions to procurement at 4 pm

July 12, 2019            Proposal deadline 12 pm

July 22-26, 2019     Scheduled site visits for qualified respondents

October 1, 2019      Award info posted on website

Main Documents

Project Q & A
Click on questions to show the answers.

<strong>How do you prove your organization has a partnership with another organization? </strong>
You can provide a letter of support. We prefer no to receive multiple letters that appear to be filled in from a template; the letters should describe the individualized partnership.
<strong>When and how do you turn in the letters of support?</strong>
The letters of support should be included with your proposal.
<strong>Is there a minimum/maximum partnership allowance for the proposal?</strong>
There is no limitation on the number of partners included in your proposal.

<strong>Is the maximum award of $250,000 for all 3 years?</strong>
No, it is for the first year. The information listed under “Availability of Funds” on page 3 of the RFP pertains to Program Year 2019.

<strong>Can you give an example of a consortium?</strong>
1)Example 1. You are the lead applicant who applies for and receives the funds and you develop a formal partnership with two other agencies. You plan to divide the responsibilities as follows: your agency provides direct services, agency two provides case management and agency three is responsible for follow up. 2)Example 2. You are the lead applicant who applies for and receives the funds and you develop a formal partnership with multiple agencies. You divide up responsibility for delivery of the WIOA program elements based on your agency’s area of expertise. 3)Consortiums are not limited to these examples. 4)Consortium partners can receive funds and your responsibilities should be formalized through a contractual arrangement. All of the responsibilities should be worked out during planning your project and before submitting your proposal.

<strong>We are developing a partnership for Entrepreneurship Training. Would that partnership be considered a consortium or a regular partner relationship?</strong>
Based on your description, the opinion of the workforce director is that this relationship would be part of your normal partnership and referral network.
<strong>Do you still use the service delivery formula (35% Somerset/40% Wicomico/25% Worcester) if you only plan to service one area?</strong>
Yes, you must describe how your proposal fits into the service delivery formula whether you serve one, two or three counties. LSWA is responsible for ensuring adherence to the formula but can only do so based on the number of responses and the descriptions provided.
<strong>Is the age range for the OSY RFP 16-24 years?</strong>
<strong>Can you clarify a disability and what you will need to prove the disability?</strong>
A youth who is an individual with a disability is defined as “An individual with:(A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual; (B) a record of such an impairment; or (C) being regarded as having such an impairment (as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act § 12102 (3).” Two examples of allowable documentation include: letter from a Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, or a statement from a PhD, MD, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or other licensed clinical professional. The full list is extensive. Please note that selected sub-grantees will receive a handbook and training with detailed information.
<strong>Is the 30% funding requirement that must be spent on work experience higher than it was last year?</strong>
This question was asked by a current sub-grantee who does not have a 30% requirement in their existing grant agreement
<strong>Will the budget summary be for a one or three year service plan?</strong>
The budget should reflect one year (October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020).
<strong>Will the organization chosen for the RFP be notified in advance of October 1 which is listed as the 'Award info posted on website/Contract year begins'?</strong>
Yes, October 1 is the public notification date. Tentative dates in the selection process are: 1)8/8/19, Youth Standing Committee will discuss the recommendation of the review committee and decide on a recommendation to send to the Steering Committee, 2)8/19/19, Steering Committee reviews the recommendation of the Youth Standing Committee and forwards a recommendation to the Workforce Development Board, 3)9/11/19, Workforce Development Board receives recommendation and votes on sub-grantee selection, 4)9/12-9/30/19, Contract negotiation and award.

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