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Foundations Support Partnership Program (FSPP)

Opportunity for USA Vendors to Provide Pro Bono
Resources to New Tax-Exempt Organizations

GrantWatch ID#: 181414
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Learners Lab Foundation (TLLF)

09/30/17 Midnight

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Opportunity for USA vendors of professional and business development resources to partner with the funding source in providing pro bono services to new tax-exempt entities. The Foundation supports work in the areas of young 501(c)(3) organizational development, workforce training, and supporting other charities.

The Foundation’s mission is to develop, acquire and provide access to free and discounted professional development resources, help future tax-exempt entities become established, and help young tax-exempts launch and mobilize their operations.

The impact from and outcomes of The Foundation’s efforts are designed to:

-Create a demand for skilled, pre-trained interns and apprentices;
-Eliminate start-up and growth obstacles;
-Fill resource gaps, barriers or the access to them;
-Partner with OEMs, vendors, and other solution providers to secure free and heavily discounted products, services, and technologies;
-Establish peer-to-peer and mentor relationships amongst and between these collegial groups.

The Foundation also:

-Awards complimentary fiscal sponsorships and memberships as resources permit;
-Awards training fellowships in proprietary subject areas it will custom design;
-Establish a running list of other public foundations and charities to whom it will make direct support contributions;
-Provides management consulting and technical assistance services to any tax exempts requesting help.

Partnership Needs and Expectations:

One of the essentials of any new business, and for tax-exempts in particular is funding and materials. Securing necessary resources like grant writing is exceptionally challenging for a new business trying to get established because of the cost and required commitment of time, and seems virtually impossible when pursuing tax-exempt status, be it with or without a fiscal sponsor. Technology, software, web services, office space, supplies and other essentials are equally challenging to secure, and without funding or credit worthiness often means having legacy software that is out of date and computing/office equipment that’s a tab more than well-used.

The Purpose of a Partnership Group:

To eliminate the constant needed for issuing solicitations, The Foundation is establishing it’s a dedicated group of vendor and business supporters will serve as continuous supplier of the products and services The Foundation, and more importantly the Foundations Fiscal Sponsorship Awardees and Programs can rely on. This group will be known as The Foundation Support Partnerships Program (FSPP). Members of the program can then determine if additional supports are needed based upon the nature of the project they are engaging, which would then create additional employment, consulting, contracting and partnership/teaming opportunities for individuals and/or business entities external to their respective organizations.

Businesses and Vendors applying to join The Foundation Support Partners is of interested and will be a key support provided to the Foundation’s Fiscal Sponsorship Awardees, especially for Awardees that require grant writing and development services, which thus far has been more than 90% of the Foundation’s applicants.

While the Foundation intends to keep mandatory requirements to a minimum; a key condition of a Foundation Support Partners is the willingness to donate AND significantly discount the product or service that will be offered the Foundations Awardees and Programs.

Many of the awardees will have no funding stream in place, unreliable access to basic operational resources. Helping these new organizations access the initial funds and resources they will need is the point and purpose of the Foundation’s work. The Foundation is hoping for the same type of commitment from RFA Applicants interested in partnering with the Foundation.

The purpose of the RFA is to:

(a) Appeal to peers in the business community for their contribution in supporting the new peers who have or are joining the Foundation’s business community along with the workforce that must sustain it

(b) Assess project scope specialties and preferences for the purpose of establishing snapshot reference resource to more effectively task the Foundation Support Partner with an Awardee

(c) Assuring a sufficient pool of Supporting Partners to effectively manage and to evenly disperse support for an ever increasing portfolio of fiscal sponsorship awardees

(d) Compile a matrix by business and vendor of what products and service, as well as reduced cost vs. donated services would entail (sample of breakdown chart)

(e) Establish a Go-To data repository (which will be the sole property of The Learners Lab) of Support Partner organizations identified by need and specialty that will be matched up with the Foundations Fiscal Sponsorship Awardees and aligned with Foundation Programs based upon product or service need

This RFA will result in a Closed Vendor Resource Pool (CVRP) proprietary to The Foundation, eliminating the need to issue RFPs in the future. When the need arises, the Foundation will simply connect Fiscal Sponsorship Awardee with the Foundation Support Partner most closely matching their need and present the Foundation Support Partner with a Project Scope and Statement of Work to review. Then all parties will come together for introduction, with each party confirming the terms, and launch the engagement. This in effect will transpire over a 24-hours period rather than a few weeks or months of the traditional solicitation life cycle.

In appreciation for your commitment, applicants selected as Foundation Support Partners will enjoy access to all the donated and discounted products, services, and affiliate benefits The Foundation has, is currently developing, and is planning for its Awardees and VPL patrons.

For example, the Foundation just launched an affiliate discount program featuring a heavily discounted imaging design and editing tools. The Foundation also has a relationship with a major OEM Manufacturer for its computing equipment, a financial services provider for price points for discounted business loans even a start-up can manage, and with another financial services entity to offers credit card transaction processing low enough to make your mouth water. Two of these programs are new to the DC and east coast markets and are available exclusively thru The Learners Lab.

The Foundation is trying to do to establish a cohesive support system of virtual and brick-and-mortar resources. In addition to benefiting from direct access to the growing portfolio Foundations patrons, customers, awardees, and programs, you can look forward to more benefits from building a partnership to serve new tax exempts and the workforce community at large.

Vendors and businesses may apply.

Queries are accepted in writing only, due by close of business on September 13, 2017.

Completed applications will be accepted through midnight on September 30, 2017.

While not required, applications may present a letter of intent to respond as a courtesy for the Foundation’s review planning. If planning to submit a letter of intent, please do so at least a week before the RFP deadline.

Activity Timeline:
-RFA Release Date: August 27, 2017
-Deadline for RFA Questions: September 13, 2017 (close of business)
-RFA Applications Due to The Foundation: September 30, 2017
-Selection: Ongoing thru October 9, 2017
-Notifications: Ongoing thru October 15, 2017
-Public/Published Announcements: October 16, 2017
-Individual Program Support Project Launch: As Dictated by Award/Program Needs
-Foundation Conference Call with FSPPS Awardees: Desired for the week of October 15th; To Be Finalized by Availability Questionnaire

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs via email to:
Proposals@TheLearnersLab.org

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