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Request for Proposals – Deadline extended to Monday, March 1, at noon CST
Regional ecosystem innovation for reskilling and upskilling
We are pleased to announce Trellis Foundation’s first Request For Proposals (RFP) in 2021. The focus of this RFP is to encourage, expand, and learn about regional collaborative efforts in Texas that lead to greater opportunities and outcomes for reskilling and upskilling dislocated workers and students through postsecondary credentials/degrees with labor market value.
Trellis Foundation intends to award funding through this RFP that will focus on both short- and long-term efforts to align regional workforce and education systems. These efforts should be specific to employers and working learners looking to upskill or reskill due to COVID-19 and/or in view of potential improvement in long-term economic vitality.
Please reference the RFP guidelines for details, including the online application link. The application must be accessed through the link in the guidelines.
For additional information and answers to questions, view the webinar below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note: the FAQs may be updated after release of the RFP, in response to questions we receive throughout the response period. Please check back regularly for updates.
In addition, we will be seeking geographic diversity within our final cohort. Therefore, it is unlikely that multiple grants will be awarded to the same region.
We view the lead organization as more than the grants administrator. If you need to name a specific organization as the grants administration lead, with another organization as the lead on programmatic work, please contact us to discuss the details.
- No more than 10% may be dedicated to indirect funding
- Trellis Foundation funds cannot be used for
- Annual fundraising events
- Performances or competitions
- Building infrastructure, physical plant, construction
- Motor vehicles
- Endowments or debt retirements
- Lobbying efforts to influence specific legislation
While we do not require a minimum number of partners, we would anticipate that the strongest applications would include a higher education institution, the workforce board, and an industry partner (single employer, industry association, etc.). Other key partners may include workforce training organizations, college retention or other direct service nonprofits, chambers of commerce, P-16 councils and additional higher ed institutions in the region.
An established MOU would provide the strongest documentation of the partnership but is not required. We recommend including a letter or email from the CEO and relevant program leads for all partner organizations, to demonstrate their knowledge of the proposal and commitment to their role in the work.