The Request for Proposals resulted in an overwhelming response! Twenty three (23) separate proposals were received by the Environmental Task Force prior to the 1/31/2022 5:00 PM deadline.
The proposals included a variety of types of projects, programs and initiatives intended to address local environmental injustices and promote the long-term well-being of Bridgeport citizens. The proposal submissions are currently being reviewed and evaluated by the Environmental Task Force. It is anticipated that the first round of rewards will be announced by the Environmental Task Force this spring. Monitor this page for updates on the process.
The Environmental Task Force (ETF) committee, working with the Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation (BEDCO), is managing a $2 Million Community Environmental Benefits Fund. That funding process was established by the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement (CEBA) between PSEG Power Connecticut, the City of Bridgeport, and representative community organizations on February 26, 2016.
The ETF, along with BEDCO, are requesting Proposals from individuals and organizations serving the Bridgeport community, including departments of the City’s government that are referenced in the CEBA. Selected proposals will be evaluated and considered for funding. For funding consideration, the proposals must advance “the intents and purposes underlying the adoption of the US Environmental Justice Act including, but not limited to, achieving maximum public health and environmental benefit for the air quality in the neighborhoods surrounding Bridgeport Harbor Station.” Proposals should detail programs, projects, and/or other initiatives that will contribute to the long-term public benefit and wellbeing of the community by addressing health and environmental needs relating to infrastructure, health services, outreach, education, and energy efficiency.
The CEBA emphasizes the attraction of non-local funding sources to supplement the Community Environmental Benefits Fund: “The funding agreement shall include provisions to encourage the Designated Organization (BEDCO), the City and the ETF to seek and apply for additional funding as available from governmental, quasi-governmental, and charitable entities and institutions and other programs to increase or supplement the funds available for the purposes stated therein and described above.” The ETF and BEDCO plan to do that as separate entities, and also require selected proposers to do that as well; proposals that provide evidence of the attraction or leveraged funding from non-local sources will receive more favorable consideration than proposals that do not.
The Proposers Conference took place on Monday, December 13th, 2021. The guest presenters begin at approximately 14:50 in the video recording below.
Links to PDFs of the PPT Presentations
Questions & Answers
A letter of good standing is not required. The RFP requires an Applicant to “Please include a definitive statement of good standing with the US IRS, and CT Department of Revenue Services.” Such a statement should be the Applicant’s own written representation of its status with the IRS and CTDRS, which the ETF may later independently verify if it chooses to.
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