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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

October 11, 2018

RFPs for Affordable Housing along East Colfax

Utilizing local and federal funds, last year the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) purchased three underutilized parcels along East Colfax Ave. with a vision for the development of new affordable housing and other uses benefitting the community. OED is now seeking to identify developers to deliver projects that meet the housing and community needs at these sites, located at 8315 E. Colfax Ave., 1500 Valentia St. (adjacent to the 8315 E. Colfax parcel), and 7900 E. Colfax Ave.

7900 East Colfax

8315 East Colfax/1500 Valentia

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August 31, 2018

2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Neighborhood Support Services

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is now accepting proposals for neighborhood public service programs to be funded in 2019.  New in 2018, Housing service programs will be solicited through a separate NOFA.  Please see the information for that application posted separately (below) on this page.

Through its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), OED’s Neighborhood Equity Division is soliciting proposals from organizations that provide services to Denver residents in the following neighborhood public service program areas:

  1. Adult and youth job training and placement
  2. Early childhood care, youth education, and youth opportunities/access
  3. Basic adult education, including literacy programs, English as a Second Language (ESL), or General Education Development (GED)
  4. Community-based wellness programs – healthy eating and living behaviors, and family support activities
  5. Micro-business and entrepreneurial development and technical assistance

Programs must be ready to implement services in the first quarter of 2019.  Selected projects and activities are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and awards are subject to the availability of funding.

A general information meeting for NOFA applicants was held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Parr-Widener Room at the City and County Building located at 1437 Bannock Street, Denver.  This meeting discussed both the Neighborhood Support Services NOFA and the Housing Programs NOFA.  The meeting included presentations from OED staff as well as an opportunity for questions and answers. See the link below to the presentation.

The deadline to submit neighborhood funding applications is Thursday, October 4, 2018, at 4 p.m.

Please submit all questions to OED via email to: oed_neighborhoods.proposals@denvergov.org.    


August 31, 2018

2019 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
Housing Programs

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is now accepting proposals for housing programs and services to be funded in 2019.  New in 2018, neighborhood public service programs will be solicited through a separate NOFA.  Please see the information for that application posted separately (above) on this page. 

The 2019 Housing Programs NOFA specifically solicits proposals for programs or services that will fund activities in the areas indicated below. OED will make a final determination of the appropriate source based on funding availability and proposed program or service structure. In addition to the specific program or service areas outlined below, OED is seeking proposals for innovative housing programs or services that address the core goals and income targets outlined in Housing an Inclusive Denver and the Draft 2019 Housing Annual Action Plan.

Housing Programs or Services (may be eligible for federal or local funds)

  • Housing Counseling (HC)
  • Down Payment Assistance (DPA)
  • Tenant/Landlord Rights and Related Housing Information and Referral Services (TLR)
  • Rental Housing Access Modification Program (RHAMP)
  • Emergency Home Repair (EHR)
  • Single Family Rehabilitation Program (SFR)
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)
  • Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs)
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA)
  • Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program (TRUA)
  • Innovative Housing Programs or Services

A general information meeting for NOFA applicants was held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 3:30 to 5 p.m., in the Parr-Widener Room at the City and County Building located at 1437 Bannock Street, DenverThis meeting discussed both the Neighborhood Support Services NOFA and the Housing Programs NOFA. The meeting included presentations from OED staff as well as an opportunity for questions and answers. See the link below to the presentation.

The deadline to submit housing funding applications is Friday, September 28, 2018, at 4 p.m. 

Please submit all questions to OED via email at: oedhousingproposals@denvergov.org.


 

May 7, 2018
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI)
Land Trust Model Exploration

The City and County of Denver today released a Request for Information (RFI) to find innovative approaches to the land trust model. Exploring the land trust concept is a key recommendation of the city’s five-year housing plan, Housing an Inclusive Denver, which was released by Mayor Michael B. Hancock in October of last year and adopted in February.

“Given the impact and duration of such a model, we want our review of different land trust approaches to be wide and inclusive,” said Eric Hiraga, executive director of the Denver Office of Economic Development (OED). “Innovative land trust models that achieve perpetual affordability are being explored here in Denver and across the nation. The right concept and managing partners could make a significant difference for Denver’s residents for decades to come.”

The RFI is the first step in a solicitation effort to better understand and analyze available land trust ideas and capabilities while scoping the levels of city investment and partnership necessary to achieve affordability outcomes. OED seeks to gather descriptions of proposed or currently operating land trust models, as well as a proposed approach for City partnership and/or investment in those models.

Community land trusts involve a local nonprofit acquiring a parcel of land and pledging to use it for purposes that benefit the neighborhood, including affordable housing. The nonprofit builds a home on the land and sells it to someone in need. The nonprofit retains ownership of the land that the house sits on, leasing it to the homeowner for a designated time period, typically 99 years.

The Request for Information guidelines can be found at BidNet Direct. Interested proposers are required to submit an interest form by May 17, 2018.


February 5, 2018
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
Preservation Partners for Affordable Housing and Properties

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is requesting qualifications for partners interested in contracting with the city to preserve existing income-restricted and naturally occurring affordable housing properties and properties that may currently be affordable to low- and moderate-income residents, but are not currently income-restricted. 

Qualified applicants are asked to submit an overview of qualifications for ongoing partnership with OED in acquiring, operating, and preserving existing affordable housing as opportunities are identified. The list of preservation partners will be renewed upon the issuance of a new Request for Qualifications. The decision to issue a Request for Qualifications will be subject to the discretion of OED.

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 2, 2018, at 4 p.m. MDT.

Questions regarding this RFQ or the use of this application may only be submitted by email to OEDProposals@denvergov.org.


August 15, 2017
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)
Development of Mixed-Income For-Sale Housing on Real Property at 2907-2915 Welton Street

The Office of Economic Development (OED) has partnered with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) to procure an outstanding development partner to construct a transit-oriented, mixed-income condominium project at 2907-2915 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado. OED and RTD are offering a unique opportunity for the selected development team to play a leadership role in the creation of a new model of affordable homeownership as part of a dynamic public-private partnership.

The objective of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to select a development partner to whom OED can assign its option to purchase 2907-2915 Welton Street from RTD. OED is also prepared to make attractive financing available to the selected developer. The selected developer will be expected to finance, construct and sell a condominium project with at least 25% of condo units reserved for homebuyers earning up to 80% of the Area Median Income.

A pre-bid meeting was held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. MDT at the Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, 2401 Welton Street, Denver, Colorado. 

All submissions are DUE by 4 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, October 17, 2017. 

Please contact OEDproposals@denvergov.org with any questions.


April 11, 2017
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
2017 Temporary Emergency Housing Financial Assistance

The Office of Economic Development (OED) is seeking proposals to administer a temporary emergency housing financing assistance program. OED is offering temporary housing assistance for low- to moderate-income households facing a financial hardship or other housing crisis that puts them at risk of losing stable housing. OED is seeking to partner with a local vendor or set of vendors to administer these resources on behalf of the City and County of Denver. 

Funds are intended to support low- and moderate-income residents in Denver County in maintaining stability during the time it might take to find alternative housing during a crisis including economic pressures, unsafe housing conditions or a potential eviction, with the ultimate goal of preventing displacement. The funds may also support renters or homeowners seeking utility assistance during a housing crisis.

OED anticipates total funding of up to $1.5 million (10 percent administration cost allowed) will be awarded through this RFP, however the City and County of Denver and the OED reserve the right to negotiate the total contract amount.

The RFP for temporary housing assistance has been posted on the City’s procurement website, BidNet. Members of the general public, including organizations that may consider responding to the RFP, are invited to sign up to review the document through BidNet. Please see the attached document with a step-by-step guide on how to register for a BidNet subscription system to review and comment on the RFP. The process to create a login ID and review the RFP is free, but organizations will have the option to upgrade to a full membership for BidNet if interested. A full membership will provide regular notifications as future funding opportunities are posted. Please note that the RFP is listed under “City and County of Denver General Services Purchasing” and “Temporary Emergency Housing Financial Assistance” once you have created a BidNet account and can access the site.

The deadline to submit proposals in response to this RFP is May 3, 2017, by 3 p.m. Written questions will be accepted through April 21, 2017, at 3 p.m., as detailed in the RFP.  

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the process to sign up for BidNet or this RFP, please contact Ruth Bruski from the Department of General Services, Purchasing Division, at ruth.bruski@denvergov.org, or 720-913-8153.


March 6, 2017
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)
2017 Workforce Development Youth Services

OED's Denver Workforce Services is requesting proposals for the provision of youth services within the existing workforce system to include Out-of-School Youth (OSY) programs and the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Applicants interested in submitting an application MUST submit a Letter of Intent to OED no later than Monday, March 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. MST as instructed in the Guidelines document in order for an application to be accepted and evaluated. The Letter of Intent template is attached to the Guidelines document as Exhibit A. 

A pre-bid meeting was held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. in the Webb Municipal Building, 201 W. Colfax Ave., in Room 4.F.6.  Here is the sign-in sheet from that meeting and the presentation.

Interviews with selected finalists are anticipated to occur April 19, 2017, and selected partners are anticipated to begin service delivery on July 1, 2017.

ALL PROPOSALS ARE DUE by 4 p.m. on April 3, 2017 MST.

Please contact OEDproposals@denvergov.org with any questions. 


February 2017

Neighborhood Improvement and Development

OED offers an open, online application form for Neighborhood Development projects seeking funding. This application is available throughout the year; funding will be awarded to projects dependent upon funding availability.

We seek applications from organizations in the following program areas:

  • Neighborhood Improvement Projects
  • Public Facility & Improvement Projects
  • Brownfield Environmental Clean-Up Projects

Programs must be ready to implement shortly after funds are awarded.

For more information, contact Rachel King at rachel.king@denvergov.org.


February 2, 2017
Request for Proposals (RFP)
2017 Workforce Community Needs Assessment Study

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is seeking proposals to conduct an analysis study/targeted needs assessment survey to gather the perspectives of and to address the economic concerns of Montbello’s neighborhood residents and businesses.  OED is looking to explore the education, training, and employment landscape of Montbello and the connection of these to the local business community. The results of this effort will help identify the neighborhood and employer perceptions as it pertains to the hiring and retention of the residents in Montbello.   

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, February 24, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. MST.

For more information, contact Rachel King at rachel.king@denvergov.org.


December 14, 2016
Request for Proposals (RFP)

Consultant to Assist with 3-5 Year Comprehensive Housing Plan
and Annual Action Plan for Local and Federal Housing Resources

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is seeking one, or a team of, consultants to assist OED in the development of a 3-5 Year Comprehensive Housing Plan to develop production goals and policy priorities for investment of federal and local housing resources. The 3-5 Year Comprehensive Housing Plan will be developed with OED to include goals, objectives and policies for the investment of local housing funds and federal or other funds allocated by the Executive Director of OED for housing development, preservation or programs.

The deadline to submit funding applications is Friday, January 6, 2017, at 4 p.m. MST.

For more information, contact Rachel King at rachel.king@denvergov.org.


September 29, 2016

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is requesting qualifications for partners interested in contracting with the city to preserve existing income-restricted affordable housing properties. 

Qualified applicants are asked to submit an application under one or both parts:

1)  Overview of qualifications for ongoing partnership with OED acquiring, rehabilitating or preserving existing income-restricted affordable housing as opportunities are identified. A list of qualified partners will be maintained through December 31, 2017 when a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will be released to renew and update the list of qualified preservation partners.

2)  Specific qualifications for partnership with OED in acquiring and preserving an existing income-restricted property located at 605 26th Street in the Five Points Historic Cultural District in Denver.

The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 4 p.m.


September 1, 2016
Notice of Funding Availability for 2017 (NOFA)

The Denver Office of Economic Development (OED) is now accepting proposals for a wide range of neighborhood, housing, and improvement projects to be funded in 2017. Through its Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), OED is soliciting proposals from organizations that provide services to Denver residents in the following program areas:

  • Neighborhood Public Service Programs
  • Housing Support Services - Housing Counseling
  • Down Payment Assistance
  • Tenant/Landlord Rights and Related Housing Information and Referral Services
  • Rental Housing Access Modification Program
  • Emergency Home Repair
  • Single Family Rehabilitation Program
  • Tenant-Based Rental Assistance
  • Community Housing Development Organizations
  • Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS

Programs must be ready to implement in the first quarter of 2017. Selected projects and activities are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, Home Investment Partnerships program (HOME), and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

A general information meeting for NOFA applicants was held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at The Commons on Champa, 1245 Champa St. The meeting included presentations from OED staff as well as an opportunity for questions and answers (link below).

The deadline to submit funding applications is Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Rachel King at rachel.king@denvergov.org.


Spring 2016
Globeville/Elyria-Swansea Healthy Food Challenge

OED is offering both grants and loans to innovative projects presenting fresh approaches to address a range of problems regarding healthy food access in the Denver neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea. The “Healthy Food Challenge” will award up to $250,000 in grants to projects addressing one or more aspect of healthy food education, fresh food retail, or food-related microbusinesses, and a combined loan opportunity of $1 million will be available for competitive loans. 

On the grants, selection of vendors will occur in the late spring, and selected partners will begin service delivery on July 1, 2016. 

Regarding the RFP for grants:

Regarding the application for loans:

After reviewing this information, if you have additional questions, contact OEDproposals@denvergov.org.


Fall/Winter 2015

Workforce Development Services

The OED-Division of Workforce Development is undergoing a significant transformation of its service delivery, which includes the contracting out of workforce development services. On November 20, 2015, OED released the following RFP which encompasses its Denver Workforce Centers, youth services, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)/Colorado Works programs. All proposals are due January 8, 2016. Selection of vendors will occur in the early spring, and selected partners will begin service delivery on July 1, 2016.

After reviewing this information, if you have additional questions, contact OEDproposals@denvergov.org.


Fall 2015
Performance, Financial and Administrative Monitoring
TEC-P Project

OED is seeking professional services to support its role as administrator of a U.S. Department of Labor "Ready to Work" grant. The $6.1 million, four-year grant was awarded to the Technology Employment in Colorado Partnership, or TEC-P.

For more information, contact cindy.gaertner@denvergov.org.


July 10, 2015

OED, in partnership with the Department of Finance, the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), and other National Western Center (NWC) stakeholders, sought proposals to perform a comprehensive study regarding the NWC, which will include an economic and market opportunity analysis of the greater NWC area; options for NWC governance, operations and partnerships; and public/private finance partnerships and tools. The deadline for proposals to be submitted was July 31, 2015.


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