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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Request for proposals for addressing youth violence prevention

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Pierce County Human Services is announcing a request for proposals for youth violence prevention. The Community Services division is soliciting applications from qualified organizations to support violence prevention programs benefitting youth in unincorporated Pierce County.

Funding for this grant is obtained exclusively from taxes generated in unincorporated Pierce County for criminal justice purposes. The intent of this funding is for the prevention or elimination of violent behavior in, among, or towards children and youth. Funding is available for the contract period of January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025. Funding is estimated to total approximately $2.8 million. The initial contract period is for the period of January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2024, which may be extended through December 31, 2025, based on funding and performance.

Applications are due no later than 1:00 p.m. on December 22, 2023. Interested parties must register with OpenGov, Pierce County’s new e-Procurement Portal, using this link. After signing up, an email will be sent to activate the account. There is no cost to register with OpenGov. Vendors already registered with OpenGov can view current solicitations

Organizations receiving funding must demonstrate that eligible Pierce County youth residing in unincorporated Pierce County are the primary beneficiaries of program services. Successful applications must provide evidence that their proposal can meet the following priorities, established by Ordinance 2001-82:

  • Serve unincorporated areas. Programs requesting funding must serve youth who reside in unincorporated Pierce County. 
  • Sustainability. Programs funded through this tax should create a long-term reduction or elimination of a violent situation or violent behavior(s), not just a transitory benefit while an individual or family is participating in the program.
  • Cooperative efforts. Programs applying for these funds should develop and encourage cooperation and coordination between agencies, municipalities and clients.
  • Focus. The focus of programs should be on the prevention or elimination of violent behavior in, among, or towards children and youth.
  • Demonstrability. Programs applying for Violence Prevention funding must be able to demonstrate in a clear and concise manner that the program is accomplishing the goals and objectives it has established.
  • Best Practice. Applications based on programs identified as best practices in another jurisdiction should identify that jurisdiction, specify when the program was identified as a best practice and identify who determined that it was a best practice.

Learn more by visiting https://procurement.opengov.com/portal/piercecountywa/projects/70134.

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