Request for Proposals: Grants Evaluation Contractor

Project: Evaluation and impact assessment of grant-making

Overview

Oregon Humanities reaches tens of thousands of Oregonians each year through our public programming, media, and grant making. Our grant making has significantly increased in size over the last year thanks to a generous donor and National Endowment for the Humanities COVID-related funds. We are currently in the first year of a three-year strategic framework that emphasizes, among other things, understanding the impact of our grantmaking and ensuring that we are able to effectively evaluate its impact going forward. We are especially interested in learning about this work’s impact on partner organizations and communities across the state. We encourage you to learn more about Oregon Humanities, including reviewing our Strategic Framework, Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook, and more on our website.

 

Goals of project

We hope that this evaluation project will:

  1. Significantly strengthen our internal understanding of how current grantmaking efforts, including how we communicate about them and the process of administering them, align with organizational goals identified in our strategic plan and our equity and inclusion framework.

  2. Help us determine useful outcome measurements as well as challenges to measuring the impact of our grantmaking in order to create an evaluation strategy to move forward across all of our grantmaking programs.

  3. Assist us in demonstrating the impact of our work to external partners, stakeholders, and supporters. 

 

Provisional anticipated deliverables

  1. Development of a report detailing the relationship between our current grantmaking efforts and our organizational goals. 

  2. Development of evaluation plan, surveys, and other evaluation tools to implement going forward.

  3. Impact report to share with current partners, funders, and stakeholders.

 

Timeline & Budget

We anticipate that this project will run no more than 12 months in duration, beginning as soon as circumstances allow. 

The anticipated budget range is between $30,000 and $40,000.

 

Scope of request

Please be sure your proposal includes:

  • a summary of your interest and qualifications
  • estimated cost and timeline
  • your earliest availability to begin the project

 If there is information missing from this call for proposals that would dramatically affect your estimates, please do not hesitate to reach out via email using the contact information below. 

 

Oregon Humanities Grantmaking

Oregon Humanities typically has two main grantmaking programs: Public Program Grants and Responsive Program Grants. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have also had the opportunity to make CARES Act and American Rescue Plan (SHARP) grants. We are interested in evaluating through this project each of those grant programs as well as our grantmaking as a whole. 

Public Program Grants
Public Program Grants are awarded once a year in support of programs across Oregon that get people together to listen, learn, and struggle over challenging issues and ideas. Awards of up to $10,000 are made, totalling approximately $100,000 annually.   

Responsive Program Grants
Responsive Program Grants are awarded in support of programs across Oregon that respond to timely issues or events. Awards of up to $2,000 are made on a quarterly basis throughout the year, totalling approximately $25,000 annually.

CARES Act Grants
Oregon Humanities was one of fifty-six state and jurisdictional humanities councils to receive emergency relief funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities. In May 2020, we awarded $460,500 to 63 organizations around Oregon at amounts of $5,000, $7,500, and $10,000. 

SHARP Grants
In July 2021, Oregon Humanities will launch our SHARP (Saving the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) funding initiative. We are still working through those details and anticipate having over $675,000 in funding to grant to organizations around Oregon. 

 

To Apply

Please submit the following no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, 2021 to Jennifer Alkezweeny, Program Director, via email at jennifer@oregonhumanities.org.

Proposals should not exceed 5 pages and must include:

  • A summary of the proposed process for achieving the goals and developing the deliverables as stated above

  • A work plan outlining the activities to be completed and a schedule for reports and deliverables with timelines

  • A complete and detailed budget summary

  • A CV, outline of relevant qualifications and experience, references, and samples of similar work

  • A statement of how the consultant understands issues of confidentiality as applied to this project and disclosure concerning any real or perceived or potential conflicts of interest