CSC does not accept unsolicited proposals, or requests for grants or funding.
We open a competitive process for vendors or programmatic services as the need arises, not on a regular cycle. As a county taxpayer-funded entity, we do not fund programs outside of Palm Beach County.
CSC uses data, research and in-depth discussions with our community to determine whether there’s a gap in services or a need among Palm Beach County children and their families, as well as whether it’s appropriate to use CSC funding to fill that gap. If the answer to both those questions is yes, CSC will release a detailed competitive bid with a timeline for responses. Any organization that meets the specific bid qualifications is welcome to apply. CSC does not require agencies to pre-register to be considered for a bid.
Once the applications are submitted, a review team scores, rates and interviews (if needed) the applicants before making a recommendation to CSC’s board to contract with an organization. If no organization is chosen, CSC can release the bid again or cancel the bid all together.
CSC releases competitive bids to contract with a vendor (or vendors) to meet a specific product or service need of CSC’s building and/or staff. Examples include janitorial services, technology services, printing services, kitchen supplies, etc.
CSC’s procurement process provides equal opportunity to all who submit. However, CSC makes a concerted effort to solicit bids from local and minority business owners in Palm Beach County. Bids and quotations received from all vendors will be evaluated based on the following criteria: lowest qualified prices and best quality of good and services. Bids are open on an as-needed basis. Depending on the need, contracts may range from short-term (weeks or months) to long-term (annual and renewed.)
CSC requires that all vendors provide a W-9 form for tax purposes, which should be on file with CSC prior to completing a purchase order for payment. We also require a Certificate of Liability Insurance from all food vendors and anyone who does work on site (i.e. landscapers, cleaning services, etc.)
Other Funding Opportunities
These funds assist nonprofits and other eligible organizations in sponsoring public awareness events, conferences and community outreach activities for children and families in Palm Beach County. HSS funds are intended to support organizations’ activities and efforts that do not fit within the typical funding parameters of Children’s Services Council, but support the Council’s goals.
The maximum to be awarded for any single event is $2,500. Organizations must submit an application at least 60 days prior to an event/activity to be considered for the grant. No one organization may be awarded more than $2,500 per CSC's fiscal year (October 1 - September 30).
The HSS Fund is open throughout the year, until funds run out.
Great Ideas Initiative
These grants, funded with under-expenditures, provide an opportunity for local nonprofits to launch their great ideas on behalf of the county’s children and families. The GII is open to local nonprofits with operating budgets of less than $1 million, which are working in partnership with local communities to achieve mutually agreed upon goals and aspirations. With that in mind, these funds encourage agencies to:
- Develop creative, community-directed approaches to solve a problem, manage change or deliver innovation
- Partner with residents to improve/expand upon an existing project that addresses a community's wants or needs
- Inspire young people to pursue their passions, truest intentions or daring ideas
- Fuel innovative partnerships that help families leverage community resources
- Build their own capacity to strengthen or expand their community-driven footprint
The GII application typically is released in early summer. However, the next GII application isn't expected to be released until summer 2021, if funds are available.
In an effort to broaden the types of programs we fund, Children’s Services Council (CSC) has opened the Community-Driven Innovation (CDI) Services funding opportunity, which gives communities the chance to determine for themselves what services or supports they need. CSC recognizes that there are opportunities to increase family choice and engage more families by offering more flexible and innovative options, paired with the existing evidence-based models. Community-Driven Innovation (CDI) Services support communities in ‘driving the process’ of finding creative ways to offer services that address their community’s needs in a more effective, equitable and sustainable way. We are looking to the community to tell us what these innovative options could, and should, be.
- You define the Community
- You define the Issue
- You define the Services
A critical foundational element of any community-driven and innovative service, regardless of the specifically proposed services or population, should include promoting equity and addressing disparities and systemic racism for children and families. CSC is looking for services with an equity emphasis that seeks to render justice by deeply considering structural factors that may benefit some social groups/communities and may harm others.
Children's Services Council and United Way of Palm Beach County support this grant (of up to $15,000), which is available to funded agencies for capacity building support in the areas of organizational development, information technology infrastructure and agency accreditation by NonProfits First.