Date Open: 
03/17/2021
Sponsor: 
Kaufman Foundation
Agency Deadline: 
04/04/2021
Limit per Institution: 
1
Important Notes: 
Waiting for new RFP
Source: 
external

The Rebuilding Better RFP

Is intended to support activities that engage entrepreneurs in advocacy and educate policymakers of the challenges entrepreneurs face in America, thereby contributing to more supportive environments for entrepreneurs. The goal of this RFP is to identify and fund high-quality projects that will spur adoption of pro-entrepreneurial policies at the local, state, and national levels.

Limit - One proposal per institution

RO Internal Notice of Intent to apply due -  

Fill out the SMARTSHEET FORM -   (this form is asking for basic PI information and a brief, one or two paragraph, of project description)

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/3885bd23cc064e80bd5c2402bff03d0e

Agency Letter of Interest (Phase 1): Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Semi-finalists notified by: early May
  • Full proposal deadline (for applicants invited to Phase 2): Friday, May 21, 2021

This 18-month grant making initiative has up to $3.5 million in funding available and is focused on soliciting proposals that demonstrate or meet the intended objectives of this program, including:

  • Policy Engagement: Increasing policymakers’ understanding of entrepreneurship and the barriers to new business creation lays the groundwork for policymakers to take action.
  • Entrepreneur Advocacy: When entrepreneurs’ voices inform policy debates, policymakers are more likely to understand the needs of entrepreneurs.
  • Proposals should include elements of either policy engagement or advocacy but do not need to include both.
Funding Tracks

Applicants will select one of three funding tracks. 

The tracks are:

1. Building Support for America’s New Business Plan

2. Addressing Challenges Faced by Entrepreneurs of Color

3. Advocating for Kansas and Missouri Entrepreneurs

Successful applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the role advocacy plays in policy change and a record of working with entrepreneurs. Successful projects will clearly articulate a plan for equipping entrepreneurs with the tools to become policy advocates (entrepreneur advocacy) or a plan for educating policymakers about the challenges entrepreneurs face at any level of government (policy engagement).

Restrictions

We will not consider funding for:

  • Indirect/overhead expenses associated with the ongoing operations of the organization
  • Fiscally-sponsored organizations[2]
  • Lobbying or political activity[3]
  • Electioneering (i.e., supporting or opposing candidates for elected office)
  • More than one application per organization (only one proposal allowed)
Agency RFP Timeline
  • Letter of Interest (Phase 1): Monday, April 5, 2021
  • Semi-finalists notified by: early May
  • Full proposal deadline (for applicants invited to Phase 2): Friday, May 21, 2021
  • Finalists notified by: mid-June
  • Award notification by: late August
  • Project Start Date: early September

Questions or problems with the SMARTSHEET form - email Susan Emerson  - susan.emerson@oregonstate.edu