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Request For Proposals: For Comprehensive Homelessness Programs For Nonprofit Organizations

Offer Valid: 02/17/2021 - 03/15/2023

Special Notices
1) Questions will be accepted via email to:
2) This funding is subject to and contingent upon the receipt of an approved RFP and Application, adhering to all process requirements and Board approval.

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a family philanthropic organization, works to solve problems, especially those associated with generational poverty in McGowan geographic regions of support. Our approach involves nonprofits, both single organizations and collaboratives, working to move families who are experiencing homelessness or living in extreme poverty to self-sufficiency. Therefore, the Fund is announcing a concerted effort to award grants toward this goal and invites organizations to apply, either independently or with other service providers.

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund has worked since 1993 to support and uplift families living in poverty.
We provide grants in the follow areas:

  • Education—through grade 12 graduation
  • Human Services—in homelessness prevention and remediation
  • Healthcare & Medical Research—improved access to healthcare for those with no or little insurance
We also maintain the legacy McGowan Fellows Program, a program steeped in ethical, principle-based leadership development for second-year MBA students.

In our 23 years, we have learned that working to lift people and families from generational poverty is complex and challenging. During that time, we have awarded over $200 million in grants; we know that robust organizations can develop effective programs that lead to self-sufficiency and a life in which families can—and do—flourish.
The Fund is launching a competitive campaign to identify similarly robust and thoughtful organizations who have the ability and attitude to engage in a program for one to two years. This should include a set of processes (including essays and interviews) to determine eligibility. We believe engaging in a life-changing program requires a “winning” mindset, an understanding that increasing self-confidence, resilience, and “agency” is critical to long-term success. We also believe that establishing expectations for participation is very important.
For collaborative efforts, two or more nonprofits may submit one proposal with a full explanation of all services and activities provided. The McGowan Fund uses a logic model in the application process and asks that every facet of a program be addressed in terms of activities, outcomes, and benchmarks.

Services to be Funded:
We expect programs to address a continuum of care including the following:
  1. Stabilized housing and food
  2. Development of a robust and competitive eligibility criteria
  3. Development of a comprehensive weekly plan
  4. An attendance requirement
  5. A robust daily schedule design
  6. Case management using evidence-based behavioral change science, and coaching and mentoring for life and financial skills
  7. Strong focus on strengthening resiliency and self-confidence
  8. Workforce development for living wage and sustainable jobs
  9. Job placement
  10. Continued support and tracking for one to two years
  11. Metrics and data collection
  12. Modes of celebration and recognition
Applicants are advised that data collected or maintained through the implementation of the proposed program shall remain the property of the organizations along with the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.

Funding Information:
For the purpose of this initiative, the McGowan Fund will make available up to $1 million over the next two years and reassess thereafter.

  1. Applicants must be nonprofit organizations duly registered to conduct business within the states of Kansas and Missouri.
  2. Applicants must be in good standing with all state and federal agencies.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate a proven track record of long-term success for participants.
  4. Applicants must be fiscally viable.
  5. Where required, all applicants and/or their employees must hold current state licenses.
RFP Schedule (Please See Website)
Open   Next deadline is March 15 for July funding cycle
May 1, 2021   Next application deadline
July 2021   First round of funding approved

Proposal Review Process:
The McGowan Fund will convene a Proposal Evaluation Committee. The Committee will review each application in accordance with the established criteria outlined in this document. All reviewers will complete a conflict-of-interest form, and those who have conflicts, or the appearance of a conflict, will be disqualified from participation in the review process. Once the application has passed committee review, the proposal will be presented to the McGowan Board of Directors for approval.
The McGowan Fund reserves the right to request that applicants virtually present their proposals as part of the application process.

Post Award Requirements:
Successful applicants will be required to comply with the terms and conditions of the McGowan Fund, including a midyear interim presentation and a one-year report and presentation.

Application Instructions
All proposals must be submitted to the online portal. For more information, please see the website at For additional space, supplemental attachments may be included.

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