PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

11/24/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 112420-5
Subject:
City Announces Request for Proposals for Reimbursements to Nonprofits Administering Services During COVID-19 Pandemic
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach is seeking to contract with community-based nonprofits to receive reimbursement for providing various resources and services to address the impacts of COVID-19 from March to November 2020.
 
“Nonprofit organizations are at the core of so much of the good work we do here in Long Beach,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “They have answered the call to action during these past several months and CARES Act funding is now available to reimburse for activities that were not already grant funded. We strongly encourage them to apply.”
 
Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply through the City of Long Beach’s Vendor Portal by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7. Details related to scope areas, eligibility requirements and submission instructions are available at PlanetBids. The City has also developed a video with instructions on how organizations can submit a proposal. 
 
Nonprofits have played a crucial role in supporting affected communities because they are able to respond quickly and are uniquely positioned to reach areas of the community that are less likely to engage with the government. Without the work of the nonprofits during the onset of the pandemic, many Long Beach residents would not have had access to food, healthcare, support during social isolation, access to technology or mental health assistance.
 
For this RFP, support includes, but is not limited to: 
  • Food security (ie. food distribution, food gift cards, food delivery, etc.) 
  • Reducing social isolation for people isolating at home to reduce COVID exposure or for those who became COVID positive (ie. Friendly caller programs, flyer distributions, warm line operations, etc.) 
  • Mental health programming/supportive services (ie. Distribution of therapeutic kits for children, virtual support groups, training for providers, etc.) 
  • Provision of educational supports to children 0-18 as a result of virtual education (ie. school supplies, developmental supplies, etc.) 
  • Provision of digital access (ie. Virtual meetings technology, training for clients to use virtual platforms, technology equipment for children to use for school or therapy access, etc.) 
  • Provision of or navigation to other basic needs (ie. Distributions of toiletries, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, PPE, medication deliveries, diapers, case management, etc.) 
  • Provision of supportive services to assist individuals infected with COVID-19 to safely isolate in their homes 
  • Homeless sheltering and support for persons experiencing homelessness 
 Organizations should have demonstrated experience with working with the following groups: 
  • Black/African-American residents  
  • Cambodian residents 
  • Asian Pacific Islander (API) 
  • Filipino residents  
  • Latinx residents  
  • LGBTQ+ residents 
  • Limited and non-English speaking communities  
  • Low-income communities 
  • Uninsured individuals  
  • Older adults (60 years and over)  
  • Children (0-18 years old) 
  • Parents  
  • People with different abilities  
  • Individuals with limited internet access  
  • People with underlying health conditions 
  • Residents who have become COVID-19 positive 
  • Those residing in COVID-19 impacted regions (Central, West, and North Long Beach) 
Selected organizations will be awarded between $5,000 and $150,000 in CARES Act funding for reimbursement of activities. No new programming will be funded through this Request for Proposal (RFP). 
 
The Health and Human Services Department continues to develop strategies to support segments of the community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will release additional RFPs funded by the CARES Act to further these efforts. 
 
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.   
 
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