Boston Builds Credit
Request for Partnership

Requesting Community Partner for New Way Forward

We are searching for a partner to assume the lead role of the Boston Builds Credit (BBC) initiative. The awardee will commit to hiring and supervising a full-time BBC Program Director who will lead, manage and coordinate the work of the initiative moving forward. United Way will provide a two-year grant equal to $250,000, to support the leadership transition process to the new lead partner. United Way will remain involved in the initiative by continuing to provide advisory, strategic, and technical support.

Due Date: July 15, 2024

Applications must be submitted via United Way’s online grant management database eCImpact by July 15th, 2024, by 11:45 PM. Please read the RFP Narrative before applying. Interested organizations can apply using United Way’s online grant management system by clicking the "Apply Now" button

Office Hours: Jun 17 – July 9

You're welcome to schedule a time to discuss the RFP process and get your questions answered.

Requirements & Selection Criteria

The following is a summary of the principal criteria for eligibility and selection: - Applicant must be a 501(c)(3) organization or a public entity. - Experience in delivering credit building and other financial empowerment-related services, policy and advocacy work, or other related activities. - Experience managing or leading a cross-sector partnership. - Commit to dedicating one full-time program director to manage BBC. - Organizational commitment to economic equity and justice. - The organization centers community voice from BBC focus communities. - The organization has a positive community reputation. - Boston, MA presence or Boston based. Note: an existing partnership in BBC is not required. Applicants who are new to BBC or who have had previous engagement with BBC may also apply. FOCUS POPULATION & GEOGRAPHY BBC’s focus is to serve residents of the city of Boston, MA. Applicants must reside in Boston and/or its services and activities must be targeted to benefit residents of Boston. Services and activities that focus on low-to-moderate income residents who reside in the Boston neighborhoods with the highest concentration of poverty: Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roxbury.

About Boston Builds Credit

As the first in the nation citywide credit building initiative, BBC approaches credit building as a foundational building block for economic security, mobility, and equity. This initiative was launched in 2017 by a cross-sector collaboration of United Way of Massachusetts Bay, City of Boston Center for Working Families, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation Boston (LISC Boston). BBC emerged from the alignment of shared goals across these lead partners in collaboration with over forty community, business and institutional partners and an assessment of the needs of low-income Bostonians. BBC envisions a Boston where all residents, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, are empowered to reach their financial goals without systemic and institutional barriers to success.