Request For Proposals

2017 – 2020 Funding Opportunities: WCSS extends an invitation to the community to submit proposals for FY 2017-18. For more information on eligibility, Bidder’s Conferences and submission deadlines, click here.

Wake County SmartStart uses the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to fund projects that help the organization achieve its overall goals.

The WCSS Board has developed a three year Strategic Plan with four goal areas (click here to review Strategic Plan). Based on the Strategic Plan, five RFPs were developed, one each for Goal Areas 1-3 and two for Goal Area 4:

Goal #1 – Children are in safe, supportive home environments

Goal #2 – Children are in high quality care that contributes to positive child outcomes

Goal #3- Children are healthy and developmentally ready for school

Goal #4 – Children and families are supported by a strong, diverse, connected and integrated early childhood system that promotes results

Bidder Resources:

e-CImpact Online Application System
The FY 2017-18 Wake County Smart Start RFP application will be completed and submitted through a web-based platform. Currently funded partners can log-in using existing credentials, while new applicants will have to create a new profile. The online application can be viewed here.

Logic Model
Activity logic models will be required as part of the RFP application process. The logic model, along with additional required documents for the application, will be reviewed at the Bidders’ Conferences. To view the WCSS logic model template, click here.

Bidder Reference Guide
WCSS has compiled a selection of population and child care data, as well as resources on evidence-based/evidence-informed practices. To view the Bidder Reference and Data Guide, click here.

Mapping Tools
Community need in Wake County has also been captured in a series of mapping tools developed in collaboration with the Wake County Planning Office. To view descriptive information and suggested uses for these mapping tools, click here.
All maps are based on economic data from the Census, though each map also displays additional data for particular sub-groups:
Children Birth to Five
1-3 Star Child Care Facilities
4-5 Child Care Facilities