FISCAL YEAR 2021 – Request for Proposals for WIOA Youth Program Providers

FISCAL YEAR 2021 – Request for Proposals for WIOA Youth Program Providers 2020-05-27T16:19:18+00:00

A Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure WIOA Youth Program Providers for In-School and Out-of-School Youth programming for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021) has been released by the MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board (MHGLWB).

The purpose of this RFP is to select  providers who will singularly or collaboratively provide comprehensive services for eligible youth between the ages of 14-21 (in-school youth) and/or 16-24 (out-of-school youth) who reside in the Greater Lowell Workforce Area which includes: Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.

The MHGLWB is seeking innovative proposals for programs that will perform recruitment and outreach, intense case management, paid and unpaid work experiences, career readiness activities, career pathway activities, educational activities assisting with the attainment of a High School Equivalency (HiSET/GED), occupational skills training leading to an industry recognized credential, financial literacy activities, self and career assessments, follow-up services for one year after program exit. Successful bidders will offer year-round programs that directly address the barriers facing our young people.

Successful proposals will be funded through the U.S. Department of Labor – Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).  WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA emphasizes servicing youth within a year-round comprehensive workforce development system that is outcome based and is built on services around a set of fourteen program elements.

The following  entities are eligible to: apply public or private agencies, public school systems, units of government, non-profit, faith based and community-based organizations, labor groups, private businesses and employers, proprietary schools, community and state colleges, post-secondary accredited schools and other qualified educational and training institutions who have demonstrated successful performance in serving youth, especially low-income youth.  Minority-owned and women-owned businesses/organizations are encouraged to apply.

Request for Proposals

The submission period ended May 22, 2020 at 11AM.  The documents have been removed.

Request for Proposal Timeline

Date Activity
April 20, 2020 Request for Proposals Released
April 28, 2020 Bidder’s Conference Webinar @ 1:00 PM
May 14, 2020 Deadline for Submissions of Written Questions
May 22, 2020 Proposals Due by 11:00 AM
June 25, 2020 Bidders Notified of Outcome
July 1, 2020 Contract State Date

Online Bidders Conference Presentation

Please use the link below to download the presentation from the online Bidders Conference conducted on April 28, 2020

Download the Presentation
Download the FY21 Bidders Conference Attendance Sheet

Online Bidders Conference Recording

View a recording of the Bidders Conference conducted on April 28, 2020.


Questions and Answers, and Updates will be posted here. Bidders are responsible for checking back for new Q & A and/or updates to the RFP

  • May 22nd, 2020 – The submission deadline for proposals has now passed.
  • May 18th, 2020 – Reminder: Proposals are due this Friday, May 22nd, by 11:00 AM.  Please see RFP for submittal guidelines.
  • May 14th, 2020 – The deadline to submit questions for the RFP has now passed
  • May 11, 2020 – Final RFP proposals may be dropped off at the MassHire Greater Lowell Workforce Board starting on Thursday, May 21st, between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, and on Friday, May 22nd, between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM.  Please call Cathy Sturtevant at 978-337-7115 and she will come downstairs and pick them up and provide you with a time-stamped receipt.
  • Budget updated as of May 1, 2020 based on information regarding work experience expenditures from MassHire Department of Career Services.