Request for Quotes
For Environmental and Energy Justice Technical Assistance
Willamette Partnership (Partnership) is thrilled to announce that we’re applying for a US EPA Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TA Center) for the Northwest region (AK, ID, OR and WA). In this new initiative, the EPA will be awarding regional partnerships up to $2 million/year for five years to provide direct technical assistance that improve environmental justice outcomes across the region. If awarded, the Partnership and our partners would provide technical assistance to community leaders, tribes, local governments, community-based organizations, and others to further their work in building justice and equitable outcomes across a variety of sectors (ex. energy, transportation, environmental health, etc.).
Watch the Informational Webinar above to learn more about the RFQ process and what Willamette Partnership and our partners are seeking.
Though the Partnership is taking on the role as the lead applicant, we’re definitely not doing this work alone. The Partnership has three key institutional partners signed on who can provide capacity, institutional reach, and content expertise alongside us: Portland State University (PSU), Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Our team is actively seeking out additional partners to join us on our application, which is where you come in.
The Partnership is looking to engage local community engagement leads, subject matter experts, translators, and other TA service providers who can help us provide the best possible TA to the diverse communities who live across the Northwest region (‘Consultants’). The partners we’re seeking out right now aren’t going to be the recipients of the technical assistance, but rather individuals and organizations who can help us provide the technical assistance to communities over the next several years.
Because of the tight turnaround needed to get our application submitted to the EPA, the Partnership needs quotes for services by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30, 2022. Interested parties must submit their quotes through Google Form (https://forms.gle/bexFYi5nkxs7bLeu8) or email to be named on our application. (Don’t worry—if you’re not able to submit an application by September 30, the Partnership will have a future opportunity to add you to our Consultant list. Your name just won’t be on the EPA application.)
Selected Consultants who have their quotes submitted by the review date will be invited to be included as named partners on the EPA proposal, and in the event of a successful EPA award, may enter into a Contract for Professional Services with our partnership. The Partnership will not know the result of the application until February or March 2023, and so our acceptance of any consultant’s quote doesn’t guarantee a contract.
The EPA proposal will be submitted on November 1, 2022, with anticipated awards to be announced in February or March and a start date around April 2023. An EPA award would run for five years with a funding level up to $2M/year (up to $10M total). The Partnership team will apply to provide environmental and energy justice services across AK, ID, OR, and WA (EPA Region 10).