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400 Year Commemoration Request for Qualifications 

This year marks the 400 Year Commemoration of Africans being brought to Jamestown, VA by the British and forced into slavery. While Africans had been enslaved in the Americas prior to this date, this commemoration gives us an opportunity to reflect on the lasting impact of this event, as well as to honor the legacy of resistance and liberation of African American people.

To honor this commemoration, the City of Minneapolis’ Division of Race and Equity is coordinating an effort to bring City staff and residents together to remember the histories of African American people, recover the stories of oppression, resistance, and liberation, and reimagine a future that is not predicated on the harm of African American people. 

ReCAST Minneapolis is now accepting applications from individuals, organizations, and other interested parties to partner with the City as a part of this commemoration. Specifically, we are looking to fund commemoration activities throughout August and September, with a special emphasis on the Week of Resilience August 19 – 23. We hold this week sacred because August 20, 1619 was the day that the British brought 20 people of African ascent to the United States and enslaved them. While we request for vendors to think about the activities that can exist throughout August and September, we especially invite applicants who can host an event during the Week of Resilience. 

We are accepting applications through June 17th at 5 p.m. The application can be found below. 

Potential vendors can apply for up to $5000. Funding it limited to providers located and/or offering services in the identified ReCAST neighborhoods: Folwell, Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, McKinley, Near North, Sumner Glenwood, Webber Camden, Willard Hay, Bryant, Cedar Riverside, Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Elliot Park, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Powderhorn, Seward and Ventura Village.

Objectives and activities


    The following are our objectives related to the Week of Resilience

  • Provide residents and City staff an opportunity to remember the culture and identity of people of African ascent prior to enslavement; recover the narratives of oppression, resistance, and liberation of people of African ascent; and reimagine a future without the harm of institutional and systemic oppression.
  • Increase trauma awareness (historical and structural), promote healing and resiliency approaches; and lift-up strategies that can advance policy and systems change
  • Increase awareness of anti-Blackness that permeates society and institutions in order to take reparative actions that right the wrongs racism has caused
  • Create a space that enables people to grieve the history of oppression and celebrate the acts of liberation of people of African ascent
  • Activities

    Here are a few examples of types of activities we are looking for. We are open to other types of activities that center the 400 Year’s framework of Remembering, Recovering, and Reimagining. You can find out more information about this framework on the 400 Year Commemoration landing page. 

  • A teach-in on the legacy of enslavement, resistance, and liberation of people of African ascent
  • Training designed to increase the awareness of historical and ongoing trauma
  • Circle conversations designed to give community members an opportunity to process grief and have a better understanding of their cultural identities
  • Art and other pop-ups designed to push back against negative narratives about Blackness and instead center Black joy, resilience, beauty, and excellence
  • Opportunities for white people to wrestle with the sustaining impact of slavery and racism, and the trauma caused by the enduring systems of oppression including Jim Crow, redlining, mass incarceration, and other violence against Black bodies
  • Opportunities for other Indigenous People of Color to understand how they relate to sustaining impact of slavery
  • Activities can be new activities that are designed specifically for this commemoration or can be already scheduled activities that occur during this time frame if they meet the listed objectives. For activities already planned, proposals should include a justification for how these funds will be used to expand upon original plans for the activity. The proposal will also need to demonstrate how these funds will not be used to cover expenses already being covered through other funders or means.

    Funding is limited to providers located and/or offering services in the identified ReCAST neighborhoods: Folwell, Harrison, Hawthorne, Jordan, McKinley, Near North, Sumner Glenwood, Webber Camden, Willard Hay, Bryant, Cedar Riverside, Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Elliot Park, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, Phillips West, Powderhorn, Seward and Ventura Village.  

Important logistics for applicants

    Responsibilities of applicants

  • Selected applicants will be responsible for hosting their activities in the identified time period of August 1 – September 29
  • Selected suppliers will work with ReCAST Minneapolis staff to advertise and recruit participants to their event/activity
  • Suppliers will also be asked to provide space for evaluation and reflection for participants. Vendors can either use their own evaluation tool or ReCAST Minneapolis can provide trainers with one.
  • Suppliers will be required to fill out a reporting form that details all of their activities at a very high level.
  • Qualifications

  • Understanding of historical, structural, and intergenerational trauma and its impact on African American Minneapolis residents
  • Community and evidence based practices around training in one or more of the scope areas (trainers should have curriculum and materials developed to meet this requirement)
  • Proven connections and relationship with population of focus
  • Demonstrated understanding and embodiment of human learning theory
  • Requirements

  • Please be sure to look over the Terms and Conditions document on ReCAST Minneapolis’ web page. This document lists the requirements that your organization will need for insurance and also spells out what selected trainers will be agreeing to.
  • Please also look at the fee schedule for specific activities that may apply to your work
  • Budget

    Interested applicants should submit a detailed, itemized budget exceeding no more than $5000. Please refer to the toolkit for vendors that includes our terms and conditions, provider fee schedules, and other pertinent information in developing your budget. For time and material other than what is listed on the fee schedule, include your or expected costs for these items in your budget. Between 12 – 15 activities will be funded for this body of work.

    Review process

    Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee made up of City of Minneapolis employees and community members. Evaluations will be based on the required criteria listed under the proposal format spelled out above. A collaborative process will be used to make final recommendations on awarding contracts to fulfill the scope of work. We anticipate multiple contracts being awarded in this process.

  • RFQ released May 24
  • RFQ due by 5 p.m. June 17
  • Suppliers notified by Wednesday, June 26
  • Information session for selected trainers the week of July 15
  • Activity Implementation Period: August - September
  • Applications are due June 17 by 5 p.m. Please direct questions to [email protected].    

400 Year Commemoration RFQ toolkit

Funding restrictions - please read

SAMHSA, ReCAST Minneapolis grant funds must be used for purposes supported by the program and cannot be used for any of the following:

  • Pay for any lease.   
  • Pay for food, other than light snacks, not to exceed $3.00 per person.
  • Pay for housing other than residential mental health and/or substance abuse treatment.  
  • Provide services to incarcerated populations (defined as those persons in jail, prison, detention facilities, or in custody where they are not free to move about in the community).  
  • Pay for the purchase or construction of any building or structure to house any part of the program.  (Applicants may request up to $75,000 for renovations and alterations of existing facilities, if necessary and appropriate to the project.)  
  • Provide residential or outpatient treatment services when the facility has not yet been acquired, sited, approved, and met all requirements for human habitation and services provision.  (Expansion or enhancement of existing residential services is permissible.)  
  • Provide inpatient treatment or hospital-based detoxification services.  Residential services are not considered to be inpatient or hospital-based services.  
  • Pay for unallowable costs (e.g., meals, sporting events, entertainment). Only allowable costs associated with the use of federal funds are permitted to fund evidence-based practices (EBPs). Other sources of funds may be used for unallowable costs (e.g., meals, sporting events, entertainment).  Other support is defined as funds or resources, whether federal, non-federal, or institutional, in direct support of activities through fellowships, gifts, prizes, or in-kind contributions. 
  • Make direct payments to individuals to induce them to enter prevention or treatment services. However, SAMHSA discretionary grant funds may be used for non-clinical support services (e.g., bus tokens, child care) designed to improve access to and retention in prevention and treatment programs. 
  • Make direct payments to individuals to encourage attendance and/or attainment of prevention or treatment goals.  However, SAMHSA discretionary grant funds may be used for non-cash incentives of up to $30 to encourage attendance and/or attainment of prevention or treatment goals when the incentives are built into the program design and when the incentives are the minimum amount that is deemed necessary to meet program goals.  SAMHSA policy allows an individual participant to receive more than one incentive over the course of the program.  However, non-cash incentives should be limited to the minimum number of times deemed necessary to achieve program outcomes.  A grantee or treatment or prevention provider may also provide up to $30 cash or equivalent (coupons, bus tokens, gifts, child care, and vouchers) to individuals as incentives to participate in required data collection follow up.  This amount may be paid for participation in each required interview.
  • Distribute sterile needles or syringes for the hypodermic injection of any illegal drug.  
  • Pay for medicines for HIV antiretroviral therapy, sexually transmitted diseases (STD)/sexually transmitted illnesses (STI), TB, and hepatitis B and C, or for psychotropic drugs. 

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Last updated Jun 17, 2019



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