Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for Open Contracts

About Us

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth was founded in 1992 by Governor William Weld as the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, designed to respond to high suicide risk among gay and lesbian youth in the Commonwealth. We then transformed in 2006 into an independent state agency established under M.G.L. Chapter 3 Section 67. Today, we are the Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ)Youth, mandated to advise others in state government on effective policies, programs, and resources for LGBTQ youth. Our 50-member Commission and its staff issue annual recommendations, work in partnership with 18 state entities, and hold community events and listening sessions. 

The Commission also produces the Safe Schools Program with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides training and technical assistance to schools across the state, organizes the statewide network of Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs), and works to make schools safer for all students.

JRI is the Commission’s fiscal agent and a leader in social justice and one of the largest non-profit human service agencies in New England with over 100+ diverse programs and services. We pride ourselves on recruiting the best and the brightest.

Contract Requests for Proposals & Submissions

Instructions for Submission:

  • Please read each RFP below in its entirety before submitting proposals. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • You may submit proposals for multiple RFPs or positions. However, do not include multiple proposals in one PDF document or we may not see them all.
  • Proposals should be be submitted with all required materials in ONE PDF file with your name and the RFP title in the file name.
  • If the contract is still listed on this page, it is not yet filled and you do not need to ask if we are still accepting proposals.
  • All questions and submissions are to be sent to Rayna Danis (rdanis@jri.org) by the deadline listed on each RFP.
  • Unless stated otherwise, proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until contracts are filled.

Be who you are! ​

JRI is strongly committed to providing an inclusive, diverse and welcoming environment for our employees and the people we serve. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. JRI is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply

1.  Guidelines for Responses 

Confidentiality

All proposals and responses will be kept confidential throughout the RFP process and afterward.  No copies of any RFP response will be shared among respondents.

Disposition of Proposals 

All submitted proposals become the property of MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth (MCLGBTQY).

Modifications

Once submitted, all proposals are considered final.  No modifications will be accepted. 

Submission Requirements and Late Submissions 

All proposals must be submitted to the Commission (commission@ma-lgbtq.org) via email unless otherwise stated on the RFP.

Acceptance/Rejection of Submission

MCLGBTQY reserves the right to reject any or all responses to this RFP that do not meet the evaluation criteria outlined in this RFP, and to accept any response that meets or exceeds the RFP criteria and is deemed to be in the best interest of MCLGBTQY.

Evaluation Criteria

MCLGBTQY will select the most responsive and responsible consultant submitting the most advantageous proposal, taking into consideration each respondent’s relevant experience, capacity, plan for providing services, and the extent to which each proposal meets the quality requirements and evaluation criteria listed below, as well as the proposal price. 

Each proposal will be evaluated by MCLGBTQY staff. The criteria used to evaluate each proposal includes:

  • Whether the respondents are able to provide services in a way that fulfills the Scope of Services outlined;
  • Whether the respondents meet the minimum required qualifications as outlined in section 1;
  • Whether the proposal has sufficiently responded to all parts of this RFP, including the guidelines outlined in Section 2;
  • The number of years of experience each respondent has in providing the services outlined in this proposal;
  • The number of years of experience each respondent has working serving the LGBTQ youth community;
  • The extent to which the proposed plan for providing the services outlined in this proposal will meet MCLGBTQY’s unique needs; and
  • The total annual cost of each proposal. 

2.  Application Guidelines

Experience and resources

Provide a brief description about you or your company, including address, years in operation, and relevant experience. Describe your ability to provide the services or goods as described within this RFP.  Include any relevant experience working with schools (public, private, independent, charter, collegiate, etc.), non-profit entities, and/or governmental agencies:

If you are applying on behalf of a company, please provide a brief summary of the employee(s) who would provide goods or services under this contract. Include the resumes for all staff with primary responsibilities. 

Please provide no less than 2 references for whom you or your organization has performed similar work (schools and nonprofits preferred).  Include name and contact information for each reference. 

Service Approach

Describe here how you or your company would provide the services or goods outlined in the RFP.

Fee Structure

Please provide a detailed explanation of the proposed fee structure, including the total estimated costs for providing the goods or services outlined in this RFP. Please include any relevant detail regarding the proposed price or cost of providing these goods or services, (e.g., cost per resource, hourly rates, etc.).  If relevant, include any and all service-related penalties. 

Additional considerations

Please include any other information that you feel is relevant to your submission and is not covered elsewhere in this RFP.

Report on Arts & Cultural Policy

Deadline: November 18, 2022, or until filled

Contract Period: December 2022 – March 2023

Estimated Budget: $1,500

Description:

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is currently seeking a lead author to contribute to an expanded health section of the Commission’s annual report relating to the policy & resource needs of LGBTQ youth in the area of arts & culture.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a three-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly within arts and cultural spaces in Massachusetts. Reports should incorporate queer, intersectional, anti-racist, feminist, and disability frameworks that work to uplift and empower LGBTQ youth voice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Research should be sure to reflect experiences of LGBTQ youth with multiple intersecting identities which should include, but not be limited to, experiences of QTBIPOC youth, immigrant youth, disabled youth, and intersex youth.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • In partnership with Commission staff, develop one report (roughly 15 single-spaced pages in PDF format) highlighting research and current arts & cultural policy needs for LGBTQ young people in Massachusetts. The report should include, but not be limited to, the impact of arts & culture education and programming on LGBTQ youth in schools and communities. Report should especially reflect research & policy recommendations at the local and state levels.
  • Participate in regular check-in meetings with Commission staff to integrate feedback & edits into the report.
  • Provide a finalized report with approval from staff leadership no later than March 10, 2023.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter (detailing your relevant experience and interest), a potential outline reflecting the goals of this RFP, and a brief writing sample pertaining to the topic of this RFP. Deadline: November 18, 2022, or until filled. Projects to start on or around December 1, 2022.

Report on Labor and Economic Justice

Deadline: November 18, 2022, or until filled

Contract Period: December 2022 – March 2023

Estimated Budget: $1,500

Description:

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is currently seeking a lead author to contribute to a new section of the Commission’s annual report relating to the policy & resource needs of LGBTQ youth in the area of economic justice.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a three-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly within economic justice spaces in Massachusetts. Reports should incorporate queer, intersectional, anti-racist, feminist, and disability frameworks that work to uplift and empower LGBTQ youth voice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Research should be sure to reflect experiences of LGBTQ youth with multiple intersecting identities which should include, but not be limited to, experiences of QTBIPOC youth, immigrant youth, disabled youth, and intersex youth.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • In partnership with Commission staff, develop one report (roughly 15 single-spaced pages in PDF format) highlighting research and current legislative & policy needs to support the economic well-being of LGBTQ youth in Massachusetts. The report should include, but not be limited to, topics of research such as labor exploitation of QTBIPOC and immigrant youth, wage equity, LGBTQ youth with disabilities, LGBTQ business owners, and support for rural communities.
  • Participate in regular check-in meetings with Commission staff to integrate feedback & edits into the report.
  • Provide a finalized report with approval from staff leadership no later than March 10, 2023.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter (detailing your relevant experience and interest), a potential outline reflecting the goals of this RFP, and a brief writing sample pertaining to the topic of this RFP. Deadline: November 18, 2022, or until filled. Projects to start on or around December 1, 2022.

Report on Environmental Justice

Deadline: November 18, 2022, or until filled

Contract Period: December 2022 – March 2023

Estimated Budget: $1,500

Description:

The Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth is currently seeking a lead author to contribute to a new section of the Commission’s annual report relating to the policy & resource needs of LGBTQ youth in the area of environmental justice.

We welcome proposals from consultant(s) for a three-month timeline meeting the following expectations. Preference will be given to consultant(s) with experience working directly within immigration and refugee spaces in Massachusetts. Reports should incorporate queer, intersectional, anti-racist, feminist, and disability frameworks that work to uplift and empower LGBTQ youth voice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Research should be sure to reflect experiences of LGBTQ youth with multiple intersecting identities which should include, but not be limited to, experiences of QTBIPOC youth, immigrant youth, disabled youth, and intersex youth.

Consultants will be expected to:

  • In partnership with Commission staff, develop one report (roughly 15 single-spaced pages in PDF format) highlighting research and current legislative & policy needs of LGBTQ youth in the area of environmental justice.
  • Participate in regular check-in meetings with Commission staff to integrate feedback & edits into the report.
  • Provide a finalized report with approval from staff leadership no later than March 10, 2023.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter (detailing your relevant experience and interest), a potential outline reflecting the goals of this RFP, and a brief writing sample pertaining to the topic of this RFP. Deadline: November 18, 2022, or until filled. Projects to start on or around December 1, 2022.