Baltimore's Promise

Career Pathways Demonstration Model

The Career Pathways Demonstration Model RFP Opportunity is now closed.


Career Pathways Demonstration Model

Request for Proposals

Release Date: November 8, 2017
Deadline for Submission: December 5, 2017, 5:00 PM
Download the full Request for Proposal
Download Frequently Asked Questions.
Submit your proposal by applying online.



Request for Proposal (RFP) Summary


The Career Pathways Demonstration Model (Demonstration Model) seeks to establish a pathway for Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) recent high school graduates who are not interested or enrolled in two- or four-year colleges or universities into well-paying, high-demand and high-growth occupations in the city and region. This RFP will identify organizations that will provide high quality, developmentally appropriate job training that is differentiated to the needs of recent City Schools high school graduates. Awardees will recruit eligible individuals into their occupational skills-training program, identify participants’ barriers to work and offer relevant supportive services, work collaboratively with implementation partners, place graduates of their training programs into well-paying jobs in high-growth occupations, and monitor program graduates employment retention up to six months after program graduation. The Demonstration Model will continue to monitor employment retention and wage data up to two years after placement.

The Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) will lead this effort in partnership with City Schools and Baltimore’s Promise, a non-profit collective impact organization. A leadership team of workforce experts, state and city agencies, and local funders will provide guidance on model design, implementation, and potential sustainability. Through MOED’s existing relationships with service providers, the Demonstration Model will provide centralized, selected wraparound supports (e.g., legal and health/behavioral services) that will be provided to all participants in addition to supports provided by awardees.

For a full description of the Demonstration Model, please download the RFP here.

Award Type and Amount 

Funding will be provided in the form of an 18-month contract beginning on or about January 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. This covers Planning and Program Cycle 1. There will be the option for renewal in the form of a second contract, beginning January 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020. Renewal is dependent on multiple factors, including but not limited to funding availability and performance of awardees in Cycle 1.

Baltimore’s Promise expects to make between five and eight awards and will allow applicants to serve up to 100 participants in Cycle 1. Baltimore’s Promise reserves the right to change the number of contracts awarded depending on the quantity and quality of applications submitted under this RFP. Contract awards will be made only to the extent that Baltimore’s Promise funds are available.

Period of Performance

The contract agreement will begin on or about January 1, 2018, and end on or about June 30, 2019, with the option to renew for FY 2020 based on performance and available funding.

• Cycle 1 (FY 2019): Training for cohort-based slots funded by the Demonstration Model must start after June 14, 2018, and before December 31, 2018. Open enrollment/exit programs must have all participants start before September 30, 2018.

• Cycle 2 (FY 2020):  Training for cohort-based slots funded by the Demonstration Model must start after June 14, 2019, and before December 31, 2019. Open enrollment/exit programs must have all participants start before September 30, 2019.

Successful awardees may be eligible for a second-year renewal. Contract renewals will be made at the discretion of Baltimore’s Promise, City Schools, MOED, and the Baltimore’s Promise Demonstration Model Leadership Team and will depend upon a range of factors, including but not limited to awardee performance and availability of funds.


This RFP is open to the following applicants:

• workforce training organizations; 
• youth development organizations; 
• institutions of higher education, both public and private;
• community development corporations; 
• non-profit and for-profit entities; and
• neighborhood-based, faith-based institutions. 
(or any combination of the above)

For a full description of Applicant Qualities and Capabilities sought by the Demonstration Model, please view the full RFP here.

Proposal Submission

Proposals and supporting documents will be submitted via an online application found here:

Supporting documents include the following:
• Program and organizational budgets (download a program budget template)
• Certificate of Good Standing with Baltimore City and the State of Maryland, issued on or after January 1, 2017
• Most recent audited financial statement and IRS Form 990 form
• Institutions of higher education
• Certificate of Good Standing with Baltimore City and the State of Maryland, issued on or after January 1, 2017
• Minimum of two Letter(s) of Commitment or MOU(s) with Partner Organizations that will support this specific program
• Minimum of two Letter(s) of Commitment or MOU(s) from engaged employer partners

The review panel reserves the right to deem any incomplete proposal ineligible for competitive review. Please closely follow the guidance in the application and the full RFP to ensure that your application is fully responsive to RFP requirements and thereby eligible for review.

Baltimore’s Promise reserves the right to negotiate with one or more respondents selected on the basis of the technical merit of their proposal and proposed cost. Respondents may be asked to provide additional information on proposals.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM ET on December 5, 2017.  
All questions and inquiries should b
e directed to:

Submitting Questions about the Demonstration Model RFP

There are two ways to have your questions answered about the RFP and its requirements.

1) Submit your question via e-mail to no later than Monday, November 27, 2017 at 12 PM. 

2) Attend the pre-proposal conference. Organizations interested in applying order may ask clarifying questions about the Request for Proposal in person at the pre-proposal conference. 
• Date: Tuesday, November 21, 2017  
• Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
• Location:  Baltimore City Public Schools Professional Development Center, Seminar Room#105
                         2500 Northern Parkway
                         Baltimore, MD 21214

In order to ensure that all applicants have equal access to information about this RFP, all questions submitted via e-mail before November 27, 2017 or asked at the pre-proposal conference will be answered in an Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. This document will be linked  in the Application and and Proposal Resources section below. The FAQ will be updated and uploaded twice: the day after the pre-proposal conference and one final time on or before Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

Update: Please note that the question submission window is now closed. Please refer to the FAQ document linked below, the RFP, or other resources linked below for guidance.

Download Frequently Asked Questions (Final update: 11/27/2017).

Application and Proposal Resources

• Career Pathways Demonstration Model Request for Proposal – This document contains the complete RFP. 
• Career Pathways Demonstration Model Timeline – This flowchart shows the key process benchmarks of the Career Pathways  Demonstration Model and outlines awardee responsibilities.
• RFP Online Application – Submit your proposal via the Demonstration Model’s online application.
• RFP Online Application as a PDF – This resource should only be used as a reference. All proposal information must be submitted through the online application linked above.
• Frequently Asked Questions – All questions asked at the pre-proposal conference or submitted via e-mail by 12 PM on November 27, 2017 are answered in this document.
• Proposal Budget Template – This is the budget template that applicants must submit with their applications. 
• Best Practices in Positive Youth Development – This is a resource is written by the Oregon Commission on Children & Families.
• Racial Equity and Inclusion Resource: Ten Essential Questions for Workforce Development – This resource developed by Associated Black Charities. A one page version of this resource can be found here.


The Career Pathways Demonstration Model is supported by the following organizations:

Implementation Partners
• Mayor’s Office of Employment Development 
• Baltimore City Public Schools

Funding Partners
• The Abell Foundation
• The Annie E. Casey Foundation
• Associated Black Charities
• The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

The Demonstration Model will also be leveraging public resources for workforce and related funding to build on existing private investment.