Request for Proposals: Design Resiliency–Free Technical Assistance

Name of Organization: City of Northampton
Location: Any US municipality or county
Name of RFP: Design Resiliency–Free Technical Assistance

RFP Details

Design Resiliency–Technical Assistance

Pro bono technical assistance to help communities develop a strategic vision and promote community resiliency, usually by focusing on a specific issue and/or geographic area.

Five-person multidisciplinary teams of public and private sector experts from fields relevant to the community’s need (e.g., sustainability, climate change, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economic development, finance, the arts). Each multi-disciplinary team is custom-built to serve local needs and opportunities.

Communities must demonstrate the capacity and commitment to convene diverse community, staff, political leaders, and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative resiliency planning process. Communities must provide appropriate venues for two evening public workshops, concurrent stakeholder meetings and DART working space with access to a copier, internet access and, ideally, a printer and a scanner.

There is no direct cost to communities to participate. DART funding covers ALL the team time, travel, and out-of-pocket expenses for four DARTs in 2017. DARTs do NOT provide any funding to communities or cover community outreach, venue, and staff time.

DARTs will work with community, political and administrative decision-makers and stakeholders during an intensive three-day planning process that could otherwise cost tens of thousands of dollars. A DART helps a community advance resilience solutions through public conversation, a final presentation and a final report.

DARTs catalyze local action with a community-engagement process using outside perspectives and technical assistance on resilience. The process allows communities to focus for a few days on the resiliency picture without local politics and daily demands distracting them from planning for a critically important local issue. There are technical (knowledge base and expertise), political, administrative, and institutional challenges to building consensus on the challenges and needed actions. An outside multi-disciplinary team can galvanize a community by bringing in new expertise, expanding existing conversations, identifying new approaches, and providing support for or refinement of existing approaches. DARTs build the community conversation and advance consensus for the proactive planning, resource allocation, and paradigm shifts needed to address resilience challenges.

How to submit a proposal

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Applications are due Monday March 6, 2017. Projects selected March 20, 2017. Preliminary site visit with project team leader April-August 2017. Full team DART September -December, 2017.


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January 9, 2017

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