The Community Connections Program (CCP) is a partnership between the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), Latino Coalition for Community Leadership (LCCL) and community and faith-based organization (CFBO) reentry programs. The Community Connections Program will create an access point to CFBO case management services, pre-release activities and in-reach reentry programming for individuals that are preparing to exit Denver Women’s Correctional Facility, Fremont Correctional Facility and Sterling Correctional Facility. Current WAGEES grantees are uniquely suited to participate in the CCP. Any nonprofit organization providing reentry services for returning community members are invited to respond to this RFP.
The LCCL plans to award a total of six (6) grants for this program. A CFBO responding to this RFP may be eligible for a grant award of up to $200,000.
The goal of the CCP is to reduce recidivism in Colorado through the delivery of community reentry programming and gender responsive case management services for returning community members preparing to exit a CCP participating CDOC facility. This goal will be achieved by opening the doors to community for CCP participants and establishing a supportive alliance that additionally aims to support participants in reengaging healthy and positive community relationships and addresses the harm experienced through the lived experience of incarceration.
CFBOs awarded a CCP grant will create or allocate existing case management capacity to sustain in person or virtual case management interactions with returning community members prior to their release from the CDOC facilities mentioned above. Organizations responding to this RFP may propose additional individual or group inreach activities that are relevant to the target population and goal of the CCP. Inreach programming offered by a CFBO is contingent upon approval by the CDOC. Such programming will reflect the organization’s expertise and documented success for the proposed activities.
The CCP will reduce recidivism in Colorado through the following outcomes: establishing a supportive alliance with CCP participants and the CFBO’s CCP Case Manager, creation of an individualized community support plan for CCP participants, and enrollment of CCP participants into the CFBOs reentry services upon release from the CDOC facility.
Preferred organizations will meet the following criteria:
- Be a non-profit organization or any Indian or Native American entity,
- Have demonstrated experience administering community reentry programs or activities,
- Have a track-record of achieving positive outcomes on behalf of returning community members
- Be able to develop and maintain partnerships with state correctional agencies, local parole offices, local drug and alcohol treatment centers and local workforce investment boards,
- Provide documentation that their organization is in good standing with the CO Secretary of State,
- Agree to participate in trainings conducted or sponsored by the CDOC or LCCL,
- Agree to perform timely data entry into the LCCL and CDOC data systems,
- Agree to have staff, volunteers or contractors submit to a criminal background check (the existence of a criminal background is not grounds for automatic denial and will be considered on a case by case basis especially in circumstances in which the individual is still under supervision),
- Provide services directly or through linkages with established and reputable entities, and although not required, matching-funds and/or in-kind contributions are encouraged.
Note: For-profit organizations and units of government are not eligible to apply.
The LCCL will host via Zoom webinar a bidder’s conferences on Monday, October 18 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm MT so that interested parties and applicants can learn more about the LCCL, WAGEES Program, and the RFP process as well as ask questions.
Any organization interested in responding to the Community Connections Program RFP may register for this Bidder’s Conference. Advanced registration is required. Please register here.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Request for Proposal Documents
The documents below provide the guidance and requirements for submitting a proposal to be considered for a Community Connections Program grant funding. The LCCL highly recommends downloading the latest free version of Adobe Reader which can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you have any issues downloading these documents, please try using a different internet browser other than Google Chrome (we recommend Firefox or Safari), or contact Rich Marquez, LCCL Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Deadline for Submission of Proposals
In order to be considered for funding, the proposal, budget and budget narrative must be electronically submitted through Submittable (instructions follow) no later than 5:00 p.m. MT, on November 7, 2021. Submission of proposal documents via email is not acceptable and will be rejected.
- Create an account (email required) at www.latinocoalition.submittable.com
- Search for “Community Connections RFP Application” or click on the button below.
- Complete all required fields in the grant application. Submittable automatically saves your work to return later. The completed form must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. MT on November 7, 2021.
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