REQUEST FOR FUNDING PROPOSALS
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is pleased to announce our internal Request for Proposals (RFP) for the New Americans Initiative (NAI) and Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) is NOW OPEN. These initiatives seek to procure cost-effective and strengthened service delivery through open and competitive bidding. Funding will be prioritized for areas with a high concentration of low-income, limited English proficient immigrants. Data can be found on IDHS' "Report on Illinois Foreign-Born Population" by clicking HERE.
Governor Pritzker announced the maintenance of the Immigrant Services Line Item in his Budget Address on February 2, 2022. We anticipate that the State will soon issue an open RFP for $30 million based on the Governor's proposed budget for the Immigrant Integration Services Line Item in Fiscal Year 2023. ICIRR will once again apply to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) to be the fiscal agent for NAI and IFRP in FY23.
As the proposed administrator of state funds, we will submit an umbrella application to IDHS that includes budgets and work plans for all partner agencies wishing to join us to receive funds for NAI and IFRP through ICIRR. Please note that the State Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) has yet to be released, thus all funding described herein is tentative based on the pending State NOFO. We expect the State NOFO to be announced in the coming days.
This notice pertains to the expected upcoming availability of funding for comprehensive integration services to be provided to immigrants and refugees residing in the State of Illinois. As a fiscal agent, ICIRR will endeavor to provide ethnic and language-specific services to the extent that resources permit. ICIRR seeks proposals for the following immigrant integration programs:
Immigrant Family Resource Program: This initiative will seek to help immigrants and refugees on the path to self-sufficiency by helping low-income, low English proficient, eligible immigrants access essential human and government services and other safety net programs. IFRP partners will offer case management and interpretation and translation services in multiple languages across the state of Illinois.
New Americans Initiative: This program will seek to assist eligible immigrants in Illinois to become US citizens. The initiative will include outreach, civics and English education classes,
and legal assistance in the naturalization process.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS INFORMATION
New Americans Initiative (NAI) RFP packet CLICK HERE
NAI Supplemental Documents:
Immigrant Family Resource Program (IFRP) RFP packet CLICK HERE
IFRP Supplemental Documents:
Organizations were required to complete the “Letter of Intent to Make Application” (LOI) by no later than 5 pm Monday, February 21, 2022. The Letter of Intent due date has passed. At this moment ICIRR is not taking any additional Letters of Intent.
Bidder's Conference Recordings and Information
NAI Bidder’s Conference Recording - CLICK HERE
IFRP Bidder’s Conference Recording - CLICK HERE
NAI Bidder’s Conference Presentation- CLICK HERE
IFRP Bidder’s Conference Presentation - CLICK HERE
Question and Answers:
NAI Bidder’s Conference Q & A - CLICK HERE
IFRP Bidder’s Conference Q & A - CLICK HERE
Applications for NAI or IFRP or Both must be received no later than 5:00 pm Wednesday March 16, 2022.
NOTE: Proposals will be submitted via Smartsheets in the links provided below. Smartsheets does NOT allow you to save work, once you are ready to submit the application go to the link. It will take you about 1 hour to complete the information on Smartsheets.
Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Faxed or paper proposals will not be considered.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT US AT:
FOR NAI RFP QUESTIONS: FOR IFRP RFP QUESTIONS:
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