Request for Proposals 121 - Workforce Services

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) supports the City’s economic vitality through key programs focused on neighborhood commercial corridors, workforce development, joint development projects, industry-focused business recruitment and retention, small business assistance and international business development. OEWD’s goal is to work continually to make San Francisco a better place to live, work and do business.


The City and County of San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to procure workforce development services for San Francisco residents. OEWD seeks applications from single organizations or collaborative partnerships that can effectively innovate on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program model and provide data driven, customer centered, high quality services for jobseekers and the local business community. 33 individual program areas are described in detail in the RFP and cover a comprehensive array of services for adults, young adults, and businesses. It is anticipated that this RFP will guide grant decisions through fiscal year 2020-2021. 

Download the FULL RFP 121 to review the specific services being solicited. Any additional information, updates, or changes to the content of the RFP will be posted at this website. If you are interested in applying, please review this site periodically to check for new information.

Update (1/12/2017 at 12:31 p.m.): The list of attendees at the RFP 121 Bidders' Conference, as well as a list of current OEWD Workforce Development service providers, have been uploaded under the "Document Downloads" section (see below)

Update (1/06/2017 at 6:14 p.m.):  The final set of questions and answers have been uploaded under the "Document Downloads" section (see below).

Update (1/05/2017 at 5:33 p.m.): The final set of questions and answers will be uploaded by COB on Friday, January 6, 2017 under "Document Downloads" section below. Please check back frequently for updates.

Update (12/22/2016 at 10:33 a.m.): The initial set of questions and answers have been uploaded under the "Document Downloads" section (see below).

Update (12/15/2016 at 6:01 p.m.): Additional resources have been uploaded under the "Document Downloads" section (see below).

Update (12/6/2016 at 10:10 a.m.): Additional resources have been uploaded under the "Document Downloads" section (see below).

Update (12/5/2016 at 3:05 p.m.): A revised copy of RFP 121 has been posted reflecting two changes. On page 12 in the paragraph immediately following "Additional Local Requirements", the font color for the entire paragraph has been changed to black. On page 15, the email account to submit technical assistance questions has been updated to


Key Dates
The anticipated* schedule for awarding grants is:

Proposal Phase


RFP is issued by the City:

Friday, December 2, 2016 

RFP Bidder's Conference:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (see below)

Deadline for submission of written questions to

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. noon

Answers to questions posted online:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 by end of day

Proposals due:

Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of awards:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Protest letters due:

Sunday, February 26, 2017 (or 5 calendar days after
award notification letters are sent)

Anticipated negotiations:

April-June 2017

Projects begin:

July 2017














*Each date above is subject to change. Check this website frequently for latest schedule.


Document Downloads

Full RFP 121

G-100 Grant Template

Online TGS Instructions

Adding Users and Editing Permissions in TGS

Navigating RFP 121 in TGS

RFP 121 Activity Chart

Definitions of Commonly Used Terms and Acronyms

RFP 121 Preview Presentation - September 2, 2016

RFP 121 Bidders' Conference Presentation (PPT) - December 14, 2016

RFP 121 Bidders' Conference 1-pager

Q&A Log - 12.22.16 Posting

Q&A Log - 01.06.17 FINAL Posting

RFP 121 Bidders' Conference Attendee List

OEWD Workforce Service Provider Overview

Accessing RFP 121


Proposals will be only be accepted through the online system Total Grant Solution (TGS). To create a profile or log in to Total Grant Solution (TGS) website, click on the TGS logo below:


To register your agency for the first time, review/set up your agency profile, or if you've forgotten your credentials and need to retrieve them, please review the Online TGS Instructions document for step-by-step guidance. To add new users, delete users, or change user permissions, review the Adding Users and Editing Permissions in TGS document. Once your profile is set up, review the Navigating RFP 121 in TGS document for guidance on how to submit your proposal through the system.  The RFP 121 Activity Chart  is a full list of available activities in the system, highlighting those that may be required or applicable only to specific program areas. These documents are available in PDF format under the "Document Downloads" section above.

Bidder's Conference

A Bidder's Conference to assist interested applicants in determining the eligibility of proposed projects and completing the required elements of the proposal packet will be held:

Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Hotel Whitcomb - Grand Ballroom
              1231 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

Questions on completing the application and programming described in this RFP will be addressed at the Bidders' Conference and posted on this website. Questions may also be submitted via email to OEWD at Please reference "RFP 121" in the subject line of the email. Questions asked via telephone that are not of a purely technical nature concerning the online system and all questions submitted via fax will not be responded to. The deadline for submitting all substantive questions is 12:00 p.m. noon, Wednesday December 21, 2016. Questions received after the deadline will not be answered.

Requests for Reasonable Accommodations

The Hotel Whitcomb is accessible to individuals with mobility devices. Upon request, captioning services, assistive listening devices and ASL interpretation can be made available. If you would like to request an accommodation for the Bidders' Conference, please contact Lauran Acevedo at (415) 701-4848 or TDD 800-735-2929 or send an email to by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 8th to ensure availability. If you would like to request any of the above documents in an alternative format, please email or visit the Office of Economic and Workforce Development at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 between 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please note that the office will be closed in observance of federal holidays on Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 as well as January 12, 2017.

Additional Resources

Please find below direct links to websites referenced within the RFP.

Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration 
WIOA Performance Measures
WIOA Performance Reporting
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Competencies

San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD)
MOHCD Forms and Documents
2015-2019 Five Year Consolidated Plan 

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