Network Posts RFP for Project Consultant – due date October 13, 2015

As you may recall, the FY2015 state budget allocated funds to the Western Massachusetts Network to End Homelessness to advance its mission to prevent and end homelessness in Western Massachusetts in alignment with the Opening Doors: A Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.

The Network has now released its Request for Proposals for consultant(s) to implement this project.

Please click here to obtain the RFP.  The due date is October 13, 2015.

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Thank you very much!

Survey on nonprofit executive leadership – please participate!

From Third Sector New England – please read below!

New Study of Nonprofit Executive Leadership in New England Launches on September 16, 2014

Are you a nonprofit executive or board member?

You are invited to participate in Leadership New England, a survey of executive leadership in our region.

In partnership with foundations and nonprofits from each New England state, Third Sector New England is launching a new study on the state of nonprofit leadership. The survey is designed for executive directors and board members to help investigate their current challenges, discover where they are headed, and document what organizations need to move forward.

The Leadership New England survey launches on September 16, 2014. Don’t miss your chance to take part. Your participation and the information you share are critical to helping the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors better understand leadership and organizational challenges and support needs.

Click here to take the Leadership New England survey today.

The executive director survey will take approximately 40 minutes to complete and the board survey will take about 30 minutes to complete. Both surveys are divided into sections that focus on you, the organization, leadership support needs, the board and the staff. Many of the questions are fast-paced multiple choice or ranking style questions with optional narrative questions to help us more deeply understand your perspective and experience.

Why Now?

The past decade has been a tumultuous time for nonprofits. As our region recovers from the recession, nonprofit leaders and organizations will be faced with a new set of challenges that will require different types of support from funders and capacity builders. Nonprofits are also about to experience the departures of many long-time leaders, which will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the sector.

In response to what we believe is a significant information gap, we are initiating Leadership New England to provide real data about our region’s nonprofit sector. We are inviting you to participate in this groundbreaking study.

The Study

Leadership New England is a region-wide study that will provide a view on leadership, upcoming executive departures, financial security, bench strength, and the state of nonprofit boards of directors. It will include data from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and will be customizable for specific areas: by city, state and region. A full report and interactive website will follow in the spring of 2015 and be accessible at no cost.

The survey will be open through November 26, 2014. TSNE will be in touch with you throughout the time period that the survey is open to update you on the response rate in your area. We will also follow up with you and your staff about this promotional schedule and to see if there is any more information or materials we can provide to you that will help in these efforts.

Please contact Tamsin Elias at with any questions.

SECOND NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY! Hampden County Continuum of Care

Last week, the Hampden County CoC opened a funding competition seeking proposals for a single project, with a budget of up to $530,189, to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families.

Today, the CoC is opening a second competition, which seeks new projects in two categories:

  1. Permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals or families; or
  2. Rapid rehousing for homeless families with children.

In this competition, new projects and renewal projects will compete to be included in the application that the CoC submits to HUD.  While the CoC had originally decided to only allow renewal applicants this year, an existing renewal has dropped out, which means that the CoC will not be able to apply for its full grant unless it identifies new project(s) to include in the application.  The CoC’s general application has scored very high, so it is expected that the CoC will receive funding for submitted projects.  New projects should expect a start date in spring 2015.

Due to HUD timeframes, the competition period is very short: applications are due October 14, 2014, by 4:00 p.m.

There are now two scheduled bidders’ conferences (both optional):

  • Wed., Oct. 1, 2014, 10 am
  • Fri., Oct. 3, 2014, 10 am

Both will be held at the City of Springfield Office of Housing, 1600 E. Columbus Ave., Springfield.

All information related to the competitions is posted on the FY2014 CoC Competition page, which is updated regularly.

Housing First Training SOLD OUT!

The Network’s Housing First training, scheduled for October 16, 2014 at Holyoke Community College, has reached full capacity at 150 people.

If you wanted to go and have missed out, you can still go to the registration page and provide your information for the waitlist.  While we do not know if any spots will open up, this will give us information about how many people are interested in this training, which will let us know if we should try to offer it again.  We’ll keep your name on file for future trainings.

Thanks for all the interest!