Baltimore's Promise

Grads2Careers Request for Qualifications


RFQ Release Date: January 17, 2019
Deadline for Submission: February 6, 2019, 5:00 PM
Download the full Request for Qualifications
Download the RFQ Q&A Document
Submit your proposal by applying online.


Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Summary


Grads2Careers seeks to establish a pathway for recent Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) high school graduates who are not planning to attend college into well-paying, high-demand and high-growth occupations in the city and region. The initiative is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, Baltimore City Public 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. In addition to job training and employment services, Grads2Careers also provides centralized, selected wraparound supports (e.g., legal and behavioral health services) that will be provided to all training enrollees in addition to support services provided by awardees.

This RFQ is open to eligible organizations offering occupational skills training programs in the following fields:

• Healthcare (not including CNA/GNA)
• Construction
• Information Technology (inclusive of Computer Programming)
• Hospitality

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

Award Type and Amount 

Funding will be provided in the form of a 17-month contract beginning on or about February 15, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020. This covers the planning, recruitment, training, placement and monitoring periods of the second cycle of Grads2Careers implementation (Cycle 2). Training for slots partially or fully funded by Grads2Careers must start between June 15, 2019 and October 31, 2019.

There may be the option for renewal in the form of a second contract, beginning on or about January 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Renewal is dependent on multiple factors, including but not limited to funding availability and performance of awardees in Cycle 2.

Baltimore’s Promise expects to make between five and eight awards that will, in total, support up to 120 slots in occupational skills training programs in Cycle 2. Baltimore’s Promise reserves the right to change the number of contracts awarded depending on the quantity and quality of applications submitted under this RFQ. Contract awards will be made only to the extent that Baltimore’s Promise funds are available.


This RFQ is open to the following organizations:

• 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 Grads2Careers, please view the full RFQ here.


Submitting Questions about the RFQ

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

1) Submit your questions via e-mail to no later than Monday, January 28, 2019 by 5:00 PM ET. Please make sure your e-mail subject begins with “G2C RFQ” to ensure a timely response to your inquiry. Please note the Question and Answer (Q&A) period has closed. We have collected all questions submitted along with their responses into the Q&A Document linked here.

2) Attend the G2C Bidders Conference. Organizations interested in applying order may ask clarifying questions about the Request for Qualifications in person at the bidder’s conference. 
• Date: Wednesday, January 23, 2019
• Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
• Location:  
Mayor’s Office of Employment Development   
Youth Services Building
   101 W 24th St., Room 100
   Baltimore, MD 21218

In order to ensure that all applicants have equal access to information about this RFQ, all questions submitted via e-mail on or before January 28, 2019 or asked at the bidder’s conference will be answered in a Questions and Answers (Q&A) document. This document will be linked in menu at the top of this page the Application and and Proposal Resources section below on January 29, 2019. Baltimore’s Promise will not respond to clarifying questions once the Q&A is posted.


Proposal Submission

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

Supporting documents include the following:
• Program budget (download a program budget template)

• Certificate of Good Standing with Baltimore City and the State of Maryland, issued on or after December 1, 2018
• Most recent audited financial statement and IRS Form 990 form
• 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
• Sample training program syllabus, calendar, or class schedule

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 RFQ to ensure that your application is fully responsive to RFQ 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 their submissions.

Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM ET on February 6, 2019.  
All questions and inquiries should be directed to: 
Please make sure your e-mail subject begins with “G2C RFQ” to ensure your inquiry is received.

 Application and Proposal Resources

• Grads2Careers Full Request for Qualifications – This document contains the complete RFQ. 
• RFQ Online Application – Submit your proposal via the online application.
• RFQ 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.
• Questions and Answers Document (available 1/29/19) – All questions asked at the bidder’s conference or submitted via e-mail by 5:00 PM on January 28, 2019 are answered in this document.
• Proposal Budget Template – This is the budget template that applicants must submit with their applications.



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