Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Website Redesign

First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is soliciting proposals for a consultant to design a new website.

The deadline for the RfP has passed. Please see below for reference information related to this funding opportunity.

Click here to download the Request for Proposals document. For your reference, the following attachments are available:

Any questions concerning this request for proposal should be directed to: Lauren Arzu, Program Manager, larzu@first5ventura.org.

RFP Questions and Answers (Updated 3/20/2020, 8:35 AM)

Q: Can the 4 page limit be expanded?

The 4 page limit applies to 5 bullets listed under “Proposal Requirements” (workplan, timeline, costs, etc.)

The items under “Additional Required Information” can be included as attachments/appendices.

Q: Does the website RFP deadline still stand for March 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. or has it been pushed forward due to the Coronavirus situation?  

The deadline for the website RFP is still March 20, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Q: Could you provide me with how much you paid for the current out of date website?

This information is not part of the RFP and is not routinely released during a bidding process.

Q: Do you have a budget range in mind for this project? Do the following summary scope and budget align with your expectations? If not, can you please tell me what’s out of alignment with your expectations? [Details on the scope and budget have been omitted from this question].

A maximum budget was not specified in the RFP. Proposals will be evaluated based on the value offered. F5VC does not anticipate needing a particularly complex or elaborate website. If a proposal captured the essence of the project but the scope of work was too elaborate or too simple, F5VC would discuss adjustments with the consultant. We are unable to provide feedback to potential applicants on their proposals prior to submission.

Q: Do you currently offer visitors the ability to make a donation and receive an immediate thank you? What platform/plugin do you use? Are you happy with the solution, or do you need something more robust?

Website visitors can currently make a donation through a link to PayPal. We would be interested in learning more about a platform/plugin that offers better integration with the website (rather than taking them to a different site) that maintains F5VC branding, is cost-effective, and offers an immediate thank you to donors.

Q: What does the requirement to “be able to share the platform with other First 5 counties interested in updating their website” mean?

Every county in California has a First 5. Smaller counties have limited budgets and aren’t able to fund the full design and development of a website. If possible, we would like to be able to share the template of our website with other counties so that they can populate the website with their own local information.

Q: Do you already have a local photographer you use?

No.

Q: Do you require native translation? If so, which language(s)?

Currently, we have access to LetzChat LetzPlugin, which can be embedded in our website and will translate the website into the language each visitor’s device language. We have bilingual staff who spot check translations in Spanish. We do not anticipate requiring additional translation.

Q: What is the maximum budget for this project?

A maximum budget was not specified in the RFP. Proposals will be evaluated based on the value offered. F5VC does not anticipate needing a particularly complex or elaborate website. If a proposal captured the essence of the project but the scope of work was too elaborate or too simple, F5VC would discuss adjustments with the consultant.

Community Investment Loan Fund

The Community Investment Loan Fund is a partnership between First 5 Ventura County and the Economic Development Collaborative (EDC). It provides below-market financing for developing licensed quality child care and preschool facilities for Ventura County children. Loans may be used for the planning, construction, expansion and rehabilitation of new or existing licensed childcare and preschool centers. For more information about the EDCs loan programs, please contact Marvin Boateng at (805) 384-1800 x9158 or Marvin.Boateng@edc-vc.com.

EDC General Loan Information

EDC Early Childhood Education Initiative Information