Call for Proposal


Polk County, through its Health and Human Services Division - Indigent Health Care program, announces the availability of Community Partner Grant funding; and, is accepting proposals for the provision of transportation to healthcare appointments for qualified residents.  Funding for this purpose is offered based on the findings of multiple local community health needs assessments, which identified the lack of transportation as a significant barrier to accessing healthcare in Polk County.

Any non-profit agency with 501(c) 3 status interested in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process should send an email to expressing an interest in receiving RFP documents.  The email subject line should include the agency’s name followed by “Interested in RFP Process” (ex: Agency ABC Interested in RFP Process). Interest emails must be received by 5pm, May 28, 2019.  The body of the interest emails should include the agency name and physical address, the primary contact name and email address, and an alternate contact name and email address. Both contacts will receive the RFP communications.

Replies to all interest emails will include the call-in number for a mandatory applicant information call, to be held on June 5, 2019 at 3pm.   The reply email will also include all application documents and instructions.

 Funding is available from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2022 for programs providing transportation to healthcare appointments.  Funding available for year one is $593,428, with additional funds available in year one for start-up costs if needed.         

The proposal deadline is 3pm, July 8, 2019. The address for proposal deliveries is 2135 Marshall Edwards Drive, Bartow, FL 33830.

Key Dates/Deadlines

RFP Announcement posted May 21, 2019
Email of interest due: May 28, 2019; 5pm
Agency Questions Due email: June 3, 2019 (before 5pm)
Mandatory Applicant Phone Call* June 5, 2019; 3pm
Proposal Submission Deadline July 8, 2019 at 3:00pm
Grant Review Committee Meetings July 15-July 19, 2019
Agency presentations/Q&A with Review Committee July 18, 2019
Present Award Recommendations to COC** August 16, 2019
Present Contracts to Board October 1, 2019
Project Starting Date October 1, 2019


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