Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council Request for Proposals
Request for Proposals
Responses to Questions that Have Been Submitted
Q 1. Are they looking for self-sufficiency programs, food access and drug addiction services, all the above, or all of the 15 HSL/UW priorities?
Per Section 1.1 The Council releases a Request for Proposals (RFP) in alignment with the Montgomery County Family and Children First Council and United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Strategic Plan Priority Areas of Food Access and Substance Abuse – Alcohol/Opioids to identify local initiatives that address these priorities utilizing strategies that will promote the development of self-sufficiency, reduce reliance on public assistance, and maximize opportunities for individuals and families to achieve optimal health.
The Council is seeking proposals from agencies that address the Strategic Plan priority areas of Food Access and Substance Abuse – Alcohol/Opioids, and with prior experience utilizing strategies effectively to provide coordinated services that achieve lasting self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families.
Q 2. Is the $750,000 for all of Montgomery County or the State?
Per Section 2.3 the amount of the request may be up to, and must not exceed, $750,000.00 per proposal. The maximum grant amount the respondent may apply for is $750,000.00. Per Section 2.3, Montgomery County may approve as many as three (3) proposals to include in applications to ODJFS in response to RFGA JFSR1617018115. If the Council submits more than one application to ODJFS, it will prioritize them, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Q 3. If the $750,000 is for Montgomery County do I understand correctly that you may split the pot among three proposals?
The $750,000 is per proposal. Per Section 2.3, Montgomery County may approve as many as three (3) proposals to include in applications to ODJFS in response to RFGA JFSR1617018115. If the Council submits more than one application to ODJFS, it will prioritize them, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Q 4. Does the state then pick from what Montgomery County submitted?
Yes. The Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council may submit more than one application to the State and will prioritize the applications. ODJFS may recommend for selection as many or as few applicants as available funding and successful applications allow.
Q5. Do we need to have an MOU for each partner with XXXXXX and additionally each partner and XXXXXX will sign an MOU with the Council? Or XXXXXX would have an MOU with the Healthier Buckeye Council as the lead applicant and have separate MOUs with the partners?
For the application to ODJFS, all partners/collaborators will need a signed MOU with the Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council. For purposes of the RFP, the Council is asking for a statement by the lead collaborator that it agrees to enter into an MOU if selected for application to the state. The RFP also asks for names and contact information of all partners/collaborators to expedite the MOU process.
Q6. Is this RFP limited to organizations that provide food and drug addiction counseling?
Proposals are not limited to agencies that provide those services. Per Section 1.1 of the RFP, the Council is seeking proposals that address food access and substance abuse through local initiatives that address these priorities utilizing strategies that will promote the development of self-sufficiency, reduce reliance on public assistance, and maximize opportunities for individuals and families to achieve optimal health. The initiative anticipates emphasizing collaboration across multiple sectors that assist low-income individuals and families to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. The initiative anticipates emphasizing collaboration, peer supports and volunteer mentoring. Successful proposals shall demonstrate partnerships with organizations and individuals committed to customized, comprehensive wrap-around supports for the county’s specific needs.
Q7. In the Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye RFP it states that proposals are limited to 45 pages and that “proposal is defined as any part of the Respondent’s narrative, budget, and attachments…” Are the items listed on pg 14, B. “Budget/Cost Proposal and Organizational Documents,” a. through g. included within the 45 page limit.
The budget/financial information, and required documentation, are not included in the page count. Required items ‘a through g” should be submitted at the back of the proposal following the budget and budget narrative (Attachments C and D in the RFP).
Q8. Are there any page margin or font selection format requirements for the Healthier Buckeye proposal?
There are no margin requirements. However, please note that proposals to the state will be submitted in 3-ring binders and the pages may be re-paginated depending on if there is additional information the Montgomery County Healthier Buckeye Council needs to include in the application. Therefore a margin of .8 or .9 on the left/right and .5 on the bottom/footer is advisable. There are no font requirements. However, preferred font size is 11 or 12.
Q9. Question – on page 13 of the RFP is states that “Respondents must limit their proposal to 45 pages……. All pages shall be sequentially numbered.” Does the requirement to sequentially number the pages in the proposal refer only to the narrative (45 page limit), or does this include attachments a. through g. on page 14 of the RFP, as well as the budget? The problem including them in the sequential numbering of the proposal is that some documents, e.g. the audit has page numbers of its own already printed on each page.
Following the outline on page 13, only the narrative needs to be sequentially numbered. This includes Section 1, Section 2, and Section 3 and should take into consideration that the page numbers should continue in sequence despite any tabs that are inserted to separate the sections. The budget and additional documentation does not need to be numbered.