CBO Outreach and Planning RFQs

ANNOUNCEMENT: Outreach & Project Funding for Community Organizations Serving San Mateo County 

San Mateo County is pleased to announce three Request for Quotes funding opportunities for community-based organizations (CBOs), NGOs and faith-based organizations to support a variety of outreach and resilience planning projects, and to reduce heat and wildfire impacts on San Mateo County communities. We appreciate the expertise of community organizations and look forward to partnering with CBOs on these projects. For details on the three Requests for Quotes, and to apply,  please see information below.  

Outreach and Funding Opportunities 

  1. On-Call Support for Outreach and Project Planning
    2. Resilience Planning Stakeholder and Community Engagement
    3. Heat and Wildfire Community Preparedness Projects 

Funding available: $5,000 – $50,000 per organization 

Who can apply? Community-based organizations (CBOs), nonprofits, faith organizations or associations that serve residents in San Mateo County and are tax-exempt organizations. Expertise with environmental and sustainability topics not required. 


  • February 2, 2021           Deadline for questions submitted to County 
  • February 4, 2021           Webinar for answering RFQs questions  (Register here)
  • February 9, 2021           Deadline for applications to RFQ #1 and #3 
  • February 22, 2021         Deadline for applications to RFQ #2

Overview of Funding Opportunities 

RFQ #1: On-Call Support for Outreach and Project Planning 

Funding available: $5,000 – $50,000 per organization
Purpose: The County seeks to establish on-call contracts with CBOs to conduct outreach and engagement activities with hard-to-reach populations in San Mateo County, in order to more fully incorporate the views and perspectives of these populations in the Office of Sustainability and Planning and Building’s programs and projects.
Deadline to apply: February 09, 2021 

RFQ #2: Heat and Wildfire Community Preparedness Projects 

Funding available: $10,000 – $50,000 per organization
Purpose: The Office of Sustainability seeks to contract with CBOs to implement solutions to reduce the impacts of heat, smoke and poor air quality, wildfire, and/or Public Safety Power Shut Offs (PSPS) or heat-related power outages on our most at-risk communities.
Deadline to apply: February 22, 2021 

RFQ #3: Resilience Planning and Community Engagement 

Funding available: $10,000 – $50,000 per organization
Purpose: The Office of Sustainability seeks CBOs to assist with the development and outreach of the San Mateo County Multi-Jurisdictional Local Hazard Mitigation Plan update and other resilience planning. The Plan focuses on ways for County unincorporated areas and Cities to plan for natural and human-caused hazards and disasters like earthquakes and climate impacts like flooding, fire, heat.
Deadline to apply: February 09, 2021 


Application Submittal 

Email Completed Application to:  hdoress@smcgov.org and hpapendick@smcgov.org.    

Any Questions? 

If you have any questions about the contract program, guidelines, or application please email hdoress@smcgov.org and hpapendick@smcgov.org.