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RFP: CLPHA Housing Is Development Consultant

Job Location: 
Washington, DC
Salary Range: 
Funds Available: We can dedicate up to $50,000 to this scope of work with the potential for a longer relationship upon securing requisite grant awards. Applicants should propose a budget and timeline indicating level of effort by month and relevant personnel.
Full Job Description: 


The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) is a national nonprofit association (501c4) of over 70 large public housing authorities (PHAs). CLPHA leads a cross-sector initiative called Housing Is, which encourages and deepens partnerships between public housing authorities and organizations in the health and education sectors. To date, this initiative has been funded by grants (e.g. Gates, Kresge, MacArthur, Funders for Housing and Opportunity) and will be for the foreseeable future.

CLPHA seeks to secure new funding sources for core Housing Is projects such as:

  • Facilitating a community of practice to support PHAs’ education and health partnerships
    • Hosting an annual national convening of 300-400 executives, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers focused on the intersection of affordable housing, education, and health/healthcare
    • Managing workgroups dedicated to the intersection of housing, education, and health
    • Maintaining an online clearinghouse, HousingIs.org, with hundreds of articles, toolkits, templates, forums, and other resources to help establish and grow partnerships
  • Identifying best practices related to PHA health and education partnerships, programs, and internal capacity
    • Establishing pilot programs to develop and evaluate collaborations between public housing authorities and cross-sector partners
    • Promoting data sharing and cross-sector data analytics to guide policy and practice
    • Hosting informative webinars presenting cutting-edge programs, research and policy
    • Providing in-depth consultation to member PHAs to build and sustain cross-sector partnerships
  • Promoting the value of engaging PHAs in cross-sector collaboration at a range of events, conferences, and roundtables

CLPHA does not currently have staff dedicated to development activities. We seek to engage a consultant who can identify, apply for, and secure funding opportunities that will sustain the Housing Is Initiative for the next several years. We can dedicate up to $50,000 to this scope of work with the potential for a longer relationship upon securing requisite grant awards.



The objective of this consulting agreement is to facilitate new relationships between CLPHA and relevant foundations or other funding sources such as corporate sponsorships, secure at least four new sources of grant funding to support the work of CLPHA’s Housing Is Initiative, and provide CLPHA with guidance to continue to raise new grant funds and establish/maintain relationships with funders over the next 2-3 years.


Scope of Work:

CLPHA seeks a consultant for a 9-12 month engagement – beginning in Spring 2020 – with the potential for a longer term relationship to identify multi-year funding opportunities and secure grant funds to support the ongoing sustainability of our Housing Is Initiative work.



  • Schedule and facilitate regular meeting schedule with appropriate CLPHA staff.
  • Completion of an agreed-upon number of grant proposals submitted and number of foundation relationships established based on the findings of the consultant's assessment of the fundraising landscape conducted specifically for CLPHA and its programming needs.
  • Securing funds for next 1-2 years of the Initiative (a minimum of $250,000 annually).
  • A summary of landscape analysis findings: potential funding sources, established contact, funder-specific intelligence (e.g. funding priorities, relevant information about internal organization, future funding interests, reputation, likelihood of funding, typical range of grant awards for organizations like ours, etc.), and reporting about activities conducted with these funders and contacts during the course of this engagement (e.g. meetings, pitches, proposals, feedback received, etc.).
  • A written set of strategic recommendations (e.g. lessons learned, critical guidance, relevant risks and opportunities, etc.) for ongoing organizational development and fundraising strategies for the next 2-4 years, ideally including tested recommendations about how to effectively position CLPHA and public housing authorities for foundation grant opportunities.


Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants will have a proven track record of securing successful grant awards from various types of funders including but not limited to: relevant family and corporate foundations, private donors, local/community funders, and others. Additionally, ideal candidates:

  • Will be responsible for researching funding sources and calls for proposals; establishing relationships with funders; leading grant writing activities; and summarizing findings (e.g. successful strategies for securing grants, barriers to additional funding) and providing recommendations for future fund development activities.
  • Will have experience working with comparable nonprofit organizations (i.e. small nonprofit and 501c4 trade associations) and familiarity with the relevant sectors (affordable housing, health, education, cross-sector collaborations).
  • Will have the ability to participate with the CLPHA staff for some in-person meetings.
To Apply: 

Content and Form of Application Submissions:

Applications should include the following headings in the order listed and should address the issues included under each heading below:

  1. Contact information (1/2 page maximum)
  2. Statement of interest and experience including summary of successful grant writing (including sources, amounts awarded and dates)  (2 page maximum)
  3. Proposed project plan including strategic approach to developing a funding strategy, securing new relationships and writing new grant proposals (4 pages maximum)
  4. A timeline, including level of effort estimations (1 page maximum)
  5. Proposed budget, monthly and by relevant personnel (1 page maximum)
  6. Appendix – additional materials (not required and may not be reviewed)
  7. Three references with contact information
  8. CV or Resume of Key Personnel


Please send complete proposals to clpha@clpha.org by March 20, 2020.

Date Posted: 
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Posting Expiration Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2020

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