Request for Proposals

FYs 2022 – 2025

Craven Smart Start, Inc. is requesting proposals to implement the following activities for a three year cycle beginning July 1, 2022: 

  • CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL
  • FAMILY LITERACY: PART-DAY CHILD CARE
  • FAMILY LITERACY: LITERACY
  • NC PRE-KINDERGARTEN
  • RAISING A READER
  • REACH OUT AND READ

Please click below for more information on the RFP application and required budget forms.

1) RFP Application

2) Budget Narrative and FY Budgets

Please follow the directions listed in the RFP Application.

  • It is the Contractor’s responsibility to assure that all information is accurate and has been received.

RFP DETAILS AND INFORMATION

  • ISSUING AGENCY: 
    Craven Smart Start, Inc.
    2111-F Neuse Blvd.
    New Bern, NC 28560
  • REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS:
    2022-2025 EVIDENCE-BASED/EVIDENCE-INFORMED ACTIVITIES
  • RFP ISSUE DATE: Sunday, January 30th, 2022
  • DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONS: Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
  • SUBMIT QUESTIONS TO:
    Cherie Holt, Program Coordinator/Evaluator
    cherie@cravensmartstart.org 
    Subject: 2022-2025 Request for Proposals
    A summary of all questions and answers will be posted on the internet, located under www.cravensmartstart.org (if applicable)
  • DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Monday, February 14th, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
  • PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
    You will be providing TWO copies of your RFP.
    One electronic copy must be sent via email to: Cherie Holt by 5:00 pm est., Monday,
    February 14th, 2022.
  • In addition, please provide one hardcopy with original Signature by 5:00 pm est. Wednesday, February 16th, 2022You may drop off the hardcopy to our office or place it in the mail. If mailing, postmark must be dated February 16th, 2022.
    Mask required when dropping off hardcopy applications.

Fax copies will not be accepted.

  • Electronic Copy – EMAIL TO:
    Cherie Holt, Program Coordinator/Evaluator
    cherie@cravensmartstart.org
  • HARDCOPY – MAIL/DROP-OFF:
    Craven Smart Start, Inc.
    2111-F Neuse Blvd.
    New Bern, NC 28560
    ATTN: Cherie Holt
  • NOTIFICATION OF DECISION: April/May 2022

All funding is contingent on approval of Craven Smart Start, Inc. Board of Directors; funding by the NC General Assembly; and the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

Questions and Answers

1. Question:  Does the prospective contractor have to currently be contracting with the state in order to be eligible to submit a RFP?

Answer: No, the prospective contractor must demonstrate competency in performing services defined in the RFP and be able to meet requirements for contracting.

2. Question:  How can I obtain a copy of the RFP and information on who was awarded contracts?

Answer:  Information on awardees will be available, April/May 2022, in the FY 2022-2025 Craven Smart Start Final Activity Report.  To receive the report, please email: cherie@cravensmartstart.org.

3. Question:  Do applicants need to provide both a copy of the IRS letter assigning the federal tax identification number and a completed IRS Form W-9 for verification of the Federal Taxpayer Identification Number or Social Security Number?

Answer:  No, applicants should select one of the options and submit the supporting documentation with the proposal.

4. Question: What is a Request for Proposal (RFP) and why is this required? 

Answer: RFP is a formal competitive process to gather information upon which to base fair and sound purchasing decisions. In August 2004, the North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc. furnished the local partnerships with guidance regarding competitive bidding of goods and services.  The RFP policies and procedures ensure:

That goods and services are obtained at competitive prices; Compliance with legislative requirements, North Carolina Session Law 2017-57 § 11B.8(e); and Competition is fair and open.

  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.