Request for Proposals: Curriculum development in areas of small business and community development

The Center for Rural Affairs seeks a contractual relationship with an individual, organization or firm to assist in developing community based adult learning curriculum in the areas of small business and community development. Initial engagement is estimated to be in the $7,500 to $10,000 range. There is an opportunity for an ongoing relationship for additional work as well. 

Scope of work

  • Review existing Center for Rural Affairs training offerings
  • Review existing Academy training curriculums and delivery strategies in particular
  • Make recommendations to strengthen training curriculums and delivery
  • Help build a training curriculum toolkit that can facilitate development of new offerings (e.g. curriculum outlines, checklists, common/modifiable material)
  • Advise on effective modes of delivery 

Desired expertise

  • Expertise in adult learning and curriculum development
  • Familiarity with small business and community development 
  • Familiarity or interest in topics of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Expertise or interest in different modes of delivery (in-person, online, on-demand)
  • Written and spoken Spanish language fluency a plus

To express interest: Send a one to two page response to stating: interest; relevant experience and qualifications; availability between December 2020 and May 2021; links or attachments representing past work; two or three references representing similar work. Review of responses will begin in early December.  

More about the Center for Rural Affairs Academy training initiative

Our academies are multi-session sector specific trainings delivered by trainers with expertise in the sector. The Center has offered Restaurant, Cleaning, Financial Education, Child Care, and Construction academies. In the next 12 months, we plan to develop new Freight Trucking, Salon Management, Beginning Farmer, Forming a Nonprofit, Early Stage Food Businesses, and Artisan Business academies, as well as a Resource Academy for intermediary and resource providers. Additional trainings include credit readiness, loan readiness, marketing for business, business planning, computer literacy and financial literacy. See this link: Trainings for more information.

For each Academy, we develop a curriculum and contract with experienced trainers in the relevant industry. Graduates come away with a basic understanding of key business concepts and industry skills. In some cases, such as the Cleaning Academy, they have the option to receive professional certification. Participants are also offered one-on-one technical assistance.

The Restaurant Academy, for example, often attracts new immigrant food service workers exploring the opportunity to become the owner-operator of a restaurant, food truck, or catering service. We encourage all sector-based Academy graduates to also enroll in our Financial Education for New Entrepreneurs Academy. 

With this RFP, we seek to refine our existing curriculum, our future curriculum development process, and our delivery strategies.