UPDATED with Q&A received – RFP: Equitable Recovery Training and Coaching – Due 12/02

Proposals due Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59 PST. Please use the “Apply for This Job” section at the bottom of this page. You can include your entire proposal with supporting documents under the “Additional Document” upload link.

To read the responses to all questions received by the Q&A deadline of Friday, November 20th, click here.


FUSE seeks one or more organizational partners to deliver equity-based training and individualized and group coaching to support up to 50-80 FUSE Fellows from January 2021- October 2022 and possibly beyond.

In 2021, FUSE will have up to four cohorts of fellows (each 15-20 people), with start dates in January, April, July, and October. These people will be joining fellows already deployed to cities and counties across the country. In your proposal, please describe the approach you would propose FUSE adopt for scaling learning for all fellows in the field. Ideally, the organizational partner will help create a scaffolded learning journey for fellows that includes asynchronous training modules, virtual workshops, and resources for advanced practitioners.

Please specify if you have the capacity to develop self-guided online modules; develop and adapt case studies appropriate to FUSE fellows and local government context; deliver virtual workshops; maintain a cadre of project coaches for one on one and group coaching; etc.

FUSE is open to partnering with multiple organizations, given the large scope of this project. If you can do some, but not all aspects of the work described above, please share in your proposal the components of the RFP you could deliver.


Cities and counties across the United States are facing simultaneous crises across economic, political, health, and social systems in large part exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. History has shown that local governments are capable of repairing and rebuilding after crises, however, these actions have often fallen short of ensuring recoveries are inclusive. This current crisis provides a unique moment of opportunity for local governments to address the structural inequities that permeate their core institutions.

As a mission-driven nonprofit, FUSE Corps is dedicated to supporting our city and county partners in all aspects of COVID-19 response and recovery, ensuring they emerge as more resilient and equitable communities for all residents. Currently, FUSE Fellows are on the frontlines of local government, helping to mobilize a wide array of emergency response strategies. In partnership with our host agencies, FUSE Fellows are restructuring hospital operations to manage COVID-19 infected patients; supporting small businesses; conducting community engagement programs with vulnerable populations, such as seniors, the homeless, and immigrants to support access to critical services; overhauling programming and operations to run on a virtual basis; and supporting justice-related needs of those trapped in the suspended legal system – among other initiatives.

Through our work with local governments, national philanthropic partners like the Ford Foundation, and high-profile supporters like recording artist John Legend, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for systemic change. The social and economic disruptions that we are currently experiencing represent a narrow window for action in which we can truly reimagine and rebuild local communities. With the right leaders in the right roles at the right time, we can forge a more economically just and racially inclusive nation. The responsibility for answering this call has fallen largely on local leaders. Even while managing unprecedented challenges, our boldest local leaders have started to imagine new solutions to old problems. They are presenting promising initiatives that can be scaled and replicated, but only if they can first be piloted, proven, evaluated, and shared broadly.

Our cities and counties need experienced, entrepreneurial, and results-oriented professionals who have deep credibility in their communities. Such leaders can dispel long-standing mistrust and break down barriers between government and the public that they serve. They can use human-centered design approaches to engage community members in policymaking. They can advance participatory democracy and empower communities to co-create the futures of the places they call home. They can envision new public-private partnerships. Our cities and counties will serve as laboratories to create solutions that can lift-up our entire country in one of our greatest hours of need.

FUSE places executive-level leaders across government agencies to help accelerate systems change. They focus on the fundamental equity considerations inherent in core issue areas such as:

Redoubling our focus on race and equity

FUSE has always had a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. It has been at the core of the organization’s values since our founding and has been a central element of how we develop strategic projects with governments, recruit executives as program participants, provide training and coaching to our staff and fellows, and communicate through storytelling about our work. In 2021, we are using this moment as an opportunity to increase our learning opportunities for fellows and government leaders so that equity is at the forefront of each project scope and there is support in project delivery across the lifecycle of the work.

We believe our fellowships can substantially impact racial equity for the following reasons:


The partner(s) will be responsible for designing training workshops and coaching support to fellows that assist them to:

1. CURRICULUM. Develop and deliver flexible and scalable curriculum for executive-level professionals on core racial equity competencies, that enables them to:

2. COACHING. Through FUSE’s Equitable Recovery Initiative, there will be 10 or more cities and counties with 3-5 fellows working in different focus areas (education, health care, criminal justice, economic/workforce development, housing). Our goals for the fellow coaching program include the below. FUSE is open to different approaches to meet these goals.



Proposals due Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:59 PST. Please use the “Apply for This Job” section at the bottom of this page. You can include your entire proposal with supporting documents under the “Additional Document” upload link.

If you have any questions, please submit to [email protected] by Friday, November 20th. FUSE will respond to all posted questions in a reposted RFP on Tuesday, November 24th.


FUSE Corps is an equal opportunity employer with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives into our work at every level. We encourage proposals from teams of all backgrounds to respond to this opportunity.



RFP Response Guidelines
Please respond to the RFP using the following headings and subheadings. If you are not responding to all deliverables outlined in this RFP in your proposal, please include an N/A next to those deliverables.

Each RFP section should also include the following:


Understand the history of racial inequity in the United States; race and equity terminology and the concept of being anti-racist; the idea of race as a social construct and the manifestations of personal, institutional, and systemic racism. [SubHeading]

Root cause analysis of their project scope. [SubHeading]

Apply racial equity tools and principles to their project scope and deliverables with their host agencies. [SubHeading]

Engage communities and support community-led efforts. [SubHeading]

Surface data disparities related to race and equity. [SubHeading]

Set project-level racial equity outcomes, goals and performance metrics. [SubHeading]

Deepen personal understanding of their own bias and level of influence and managing it to advance racial equity. [SubHeading]

Effectively communicates about race to support cultural change. [SubHeading]

COACHING [Heading]

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