Baltimore's Promise

Grads2Careers Summer Program


RFP Release Date: March 25, 2019
Deadline for Submission: April 15, 2019, 5:00 PM
Download the full Request for Proposals.
Download the RFP Q&A Document (Updated 4/10).
Submit your proposal by applying online.


Request for Proposals (RFP) Summary


Baltimore’s Promise, a non-profit collective impact organization, requests proposals for a summer program to be provided to Grads2Careers (G2C) applicants for the purposes of academic remediation and soft- and life-skills development. G2C is a collaborative project of Baltimore’s Promise, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED), and Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) initiated to offer occupational skills training to City Schools graduates who do not plan to pursue higher education in the year following graduation. The objectives of G2C are 1) to create a pathway connecting Baltimore City youth to career tracks that lead to a family-supporting wage, and 2) to align education and employment systems to create a pathway from City Schools to occupational skills training programs to employment. 

The summer program, known to Grads2Careers participants as the Summer Prep Class (SPC), will provide academic, soft skills, and life skills instruction to youth who are on track to enrolling in one of G2C’s training programs, provided they meet the training program’s academic proficiency requirement by the start of the training program. Soft- and life-skills development opportunities are intended to be a part of this summer experience, including but not limited to financial literacy, conflict management, problem solving, and professionalism, in order to best prepare youth for success. Youth will be supported during the SPC through student support services provided jointly by the selected program provider and Grads2Careers participant support staff. Students will be paid stipends based on their hours of participation.

For a full description of the RFP opportunity, please download the complete RFP here. 

Compensation and Payment

The maximum contract award is $125,000.


This RFP is open to non-profit, for-profit, and public institutions. This includes but is not limited to out-of-school time program providers, institutes of higher education, adult basic education programs, education organizations, and youth development organizations.


Submitting Questions about the RFP

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

1) Submit your questions via e-mail to

PLEASE NOTE: The Question and Answer (Q&A) period has closed as of April 8, 2019. All  questions submitted, along with their responses, have been compiled into a Q&A Document linked here. Technical questions about the online submission platform will be accepted until the RFP opportunity closes on April 15, 2019.

2) Attend the G2C Summer Prep Class Bidders Conference. Organizations interested in submitting a proposal may ask clarifying questions in person about the Request for Proposals at the bidders conference. All questions and their answers will be made available through the Q&A document.
• Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
• Time: 9:30 – 11:00 AM
   Mayor’s Office of Employment Development
   Youth Services Building
   101 W 24th St., Room 100
   Baltimore, MD 21218

Proposal Submission

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

Required attachments include the following:
• Detailed program budget and budget narrative, submitted in the required budget template

Certificate of Good Standing with Baltimore City and the State of Maryland, issued on or after January 1, 2019
• Most recent audited financial statement (if no audit is available, submit your organization’s most recent IRS Form 990)
• Sample program calendar
• Sample daily or weekly schedule

Optional attachments can be any of the following (up to four optional attachments permitted):
• Commit
ment letters, partnership agreements, or Memorandums of Understanding with partners referenced in this proposal

• Resumes of staff and instructors, if already identified 
• Sample curriculum or lesson plans

The review panel reserves the right to deem any incomplete proposal ineligible for competitive review. Please closely follow the guidance in 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 respondents selected on the basis of the technical merit of their proposal and proposed cost. Respondents may be asked to provide additional information on their submissions.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM ET on April 15, 2019.  
All questions and inquiries should be directed to: 
Please make sure your e-mail subject begins with “G2C SPC RFP” to ensure your inquiry is received.

 Application and Proposal Resources

• Grads2Careers Summer Program RFP – This document contains the complete RFP. The proposal questions are listed for your reference at the end of the document.
• Proposal Budget Template – This is the budget template that applicants are required to submit with their applications.
• Grads2Careers Initiative Background
• Grads2Careers Initiative Logic Model
 Grads2Careers Cycle 1 Program Catalog – This resource provides context for the types of occupational skills training programs G2C students seek to enter upon successful completion of the SPC.
• Older Youth Literacy Remediation Landscape – This document, prepared for an Older Youth Literacy citywide workgroup, summarizes literacy remediation efforts occurring in other localities.
• Questions and Answers Document (Updated 4/10)– All questions asked at the bidders conference or submitted via e-mail by 5:00 PM on April 8, 2019 will be answered in this document.

You can also access and download all of the resources above from this Dropbox folder:


Grads2Careers is supported by the following organizations:

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

Funding Partners
• The Abell Foundation
• The Annie E. Casey Foundation
• Associated Black Charities
• Bloomberg Philanthropies
• France-Merrick Foundation
• The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation 
• Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
• Shelter Group