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Housing Advisor RFQ
OED is seeking to hire a firm or individual to act as a liaison between the residential development community and the OED to assist in fulfilling the affordable housing development requirements cited in Denver’s Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.

Housing Advisor Proposal Guidelines
Housing Advisor Submittal Checklist
Affordable Housing Acronyms
Housing Advisor RFQ

Notice of Funding Availability
The Office of Economic Development annually issues Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA) for programs funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These activities generally include housing development, housing services, neighborhood development, neighborhood services, and economic/business development and services. These NOFAs are typically issued during the summer months, for funding to be provided during the following calendar year.  

2015 NOFA
On July 15, 2014, the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) announced the release of a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for projects to be funded in 2015. This year OED is soliciting proposals from organizations that provide services to Denver residents in the following program areas:

  • Business Support Offices
  • Housing Support Services - Housing Counseling
  • Tenant/Landlords Rights and Related Housing Information and Referral Services
  • Rental Housing Access Modification Program
  • Emergency Home Repair
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Single Family Rehabilitation Program
  • Community Housing Development Organizations
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS

OED is seeking exceptional projects and related services that make a positive impact on neighborhoods in a noticeable way. This NOFA makes available public funds that could be used by non-profit and for-profit providers to facilitate the development of viable urban neighborhoods by providing quality affordable housing, an enhanced living environment and expanded economic opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.

Projects will be funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA).

The due date for all proposals will be August 5, 2014 by 4 p.m.

For 2015 applications, continuing several improvements implemented a year ago which simplify and streamline the electronic application process, please note the following:

  • We use a document management system, WizeHive, which makes it simple for you to submit your funding application.
  • Both program areas will use one application document. Your selection of a program area and service will guide specific questions and requirements.
  • One open question & answer session will be held this summer for 2015 funding. This session will be at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, in the Wellington Webb Building, 201 W Colfax, Room 4.F.6/4.G.2.

2015 NOFA Funding Application
2015 NOFA Proposal Checklist
2015 NOFA Proposal Guidelines
2015 NOFA Q&A Session Presentation
2015 NOFA Addendum #1

Notice of Funding Availability
2014 Supplementary Funds, Neighborhood Development
The Denver Office of Economic Development is soliciting neighborhood development projects, to be funded in the second or third quarter 2014.

NOFA press release
Application/additional information

The City and County of Denver desires to solicit proposals for summer youth employment services by the Office of Economic Development’s Workforce Development/Youth Services. This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks providers of program services related to high quality summer youth employment opportunities for Denver youth, ages 14 to 21, beginning April 14, 2014 through September 30, 2014. OED anticipates that total funding of up to $150,000 will be available for one or two contracts awarded through this RFP.

The RFP conference will be held as follows:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014       9:30-11:00 a.m.
Webb Municipal Building, 201 West Colfax Ave.
4th Floor – Room 4.G.2
Denver, CO 80202

Proposals can only be submitted electronically and will be due on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 1 p.m.

The following documents pertain to this RFP:

Summer Youth Employment Program RFP Information Document  
    (NOTE: includes link to application)
Sample Contract
Sample Certificate of Insurance
Background Checks
Budget Cost Allocation Plan
Budget Narrative Sample
Substitute W-9
New Vendor ID
Certification under 8-17-102 CRS
Debarment Form
Drug-Free Workplace
Lobbying Certification

Welton Design/Development Challenge

On August 29, 2013, OED launched its first-ever Welton Design/Development Challenge, an opportunity for commercial and mixed use residential projects along the primary corridor of the Five Points business district to receive pre-development funds for planning and design.

The Challenge will award funds to up to three projects in a range of sizes, including individual business owners as well as collaborative proposals from groups of contiguous property owners or other development teams that form around the most exciting ideas.

Projects must be located along Welton Street, from 20th to 30th Streets.

The City will fund a wide range of possible pre-development expenses, including architectural renderings, engineering specifications, financial pro formas, environmental reviews and market research.

The application deadline for this first Welton Challenge has been extended to December 2, 2013, at 4 p.m. The RFP for Welton Design/Development Challenge is available here.

Addendum to Welton Design/Development Challenge RFP
Addendum #2 to Welton Design/Development Challenge RFP
Addendum #3 to Welton Design/Development Challenge RFP
Addendum #4 to Welton Design/Development Challenge RFP
Addendum #5 to Welton Design/Development Challenge RFP
Second RFP Conference - Video Coverage
Second RFP Conference - Presentation Slides
Sample Application

Small Business Lending
Applications can be submitted throughout the year for gap financing provided through the Neighborhood Business Revitalization and the Revolving Loan Fund programs. For more information, click here.

Workforce Development
OED typically issues an RFP for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Services in late February. The RFP is only available for download through the City's Purchasing website at:


Section 3 Program

OED is committed to extending economic prosperity opportunities throughout the greater community, as required under the HUD Section 3 Program.