Funding Opportunity: Apply to Run San Francisco’s Disability Community Cultural Center!

Bright blue background with the outline of a black megaphone in the left top corner and the white Kelsey logo right bottom corner with black writing in the center that reads: “Apply by August 9th, 2023 to run the future Disability Community Cultural Center! Link to the full RFP and more info here.

The Kelsey and the City of San Francisco Human Services Agency Department of Disability and Aging Services are proud to announce this Request for Proposals for those interested in operating the new Disability Community Cultural Center at The Kelsey Civic Center! Apply by August 9, 2023!

To apply to be the future operator of the Disability Community Cultural Center, you have to go through the City’s formal process. To get started, here is some key information about this opportunity.

What is the Disability Community Cultural Center (DCCC)?

The Disability Community Cultural Center (DCCC) will be a virtual and in-person center that will provide community service programming, educational, artistic, and social networking opportunities for people with disabilities and their allies. It will be located at the future 100% disability-forward and affordable housing community, The Kelsey Civic Center at 165 Grove Street in San Francisco. The DCCC will bring diverse people with disabilities together to access resources, advance social justice, and foster disability culture, community, and pride.

What is the RFP?

RFP, stands for Request for Proposals – the City of San Francisco is working along with The Kelsey to search for an operator for the DCCC space, and the RFP details the announcement of this search along with application criteria. 

Who can apply?

Individuals, non-profits, for-profit providers, partnerships and/or collectives of people or organizations! Depending on what type of applicant you are, there are specific requirements. 

How do I apply?

  1. Go to the City’s website using this link
  2. Type the RFP 1083 in the “Event Name” box
  3. Click Search 
  4. Click “EXT HSA | RFP 1083 Disability Community Cultural Center” 
  5. Select “See Attachments” which will bring you to a checklist of all of the components of the application or what the City calls a “bid package”, including a pdf fully explaining the RFP and its components.
  6. Once your application is complete, upload your documents to the “place bid” blue button.

When is the deadline to submit applications? 

The deadline for full proposals is Wednesday, August 9, 2023 by 3pm PST. 

Other Key Dates: 

  • Submit a Letter of Intent by July 5, 2023 by 3pm PST.
  • Submit any written questions you have by July 7, 2023 by 3pm PST.

What do I need to submit to complete my application?

Applicants must write a proposal of their vision for the center and must clearly identify the roles of all partners named in the proposal and identify who will hold financial responsibility. Every applicant must submit a Letter of Intent by July 5, 2023 by 3pm PST. For collectives and partnerships, include a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

Make sure your proposal is in line with the mission, vision, values, and guiding principles of the DCCC listed in the RFP, and is responsive to the populations the DCCC intends to serve.

Include a Scope of Work Description outlining the key program elements and services you will provide as a vendor of the DCCC space, as well as any deliverables and objectives. The RFP outlines more details and how to organize your proposal. 

The city is hosting a Pre-Proposal Conference on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 10:00 AM via zoom to answer any questions applicants might have. If you’re interested in applying, we strongly encourage you to attend the session. The zoom link can be found here and on the RFP website

Have more questions about the City’s process, contact:

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