Request for Quotations (RFQ) for Developing a Cooperative Ecosystem under the American Rescue Plan Technical Investment Program
|Insurance Date:||September 8, 2022|
|Clarifications/Questions Due Date and Time:||September 20, 2022, by 5:00 pm EST|
|Closing Date and Time:||October 8, 2022, by 11:59 pm EST|
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is building a preferred vendor list to provide technical assistance to partners and selected grantees for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded Developing a Cooperative Ecosystem under the American Rescue Plan Technical Investment Program. This activity, managed by NCBA CLUSA, envisions a range of services that will be needed as described in the Request for Quotations (hereafter RFQ) below. NCBA CLUSA anticipates issuing Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) to qualifying organizations. Task orders for specific work will then be issued under the BPA. This will allow for a faster procurement and contracting process when NCBA CLUSA requires a technical assistance provider.
Section B of this solicitation sets out the activities that NCBA plans to implement. NCBA estimates that the ordering ceiling for BPAs resulting from this RFQ will be approximately $100,000.00 over the 5-year ordering period. The ceiling is a current estimate and may be exceeded. This ceiling is not subdivided among the number of awardees, nor is it being multiplied by the number of awardees. There is no guarantee on the number, if any, of BPA-Task Orders that the qualifying organizations will receive.
Section C outlines the BPA-Ordering procedures, requirements, and reporting.
Section D sets forth instructions for the preparation and submission of the proposal; and specifies the required contents of the proposal. Please submit your proposal in accordance with the requirements in Section C of this solicitation. Section D also states the criteria by which the proposal will be evaluated, and the award made. Offerors are responsible for ensuring proposals are received by NCBA CLUSA by October 8, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST. Failure to comply with the submission date will deem any submission unacceptable and it will not be reviewed or evaluated.
This RFQ in no way obligates NCBA CLUSA to make an award nor does it commit NCBA CLUSA to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal. An award under this RFQ is subject to the availability of funds and other NCBA CLUSA approvals. The final issuance of an award is subject to NCBA CLUSA approval.
This RFQ can be viewed and downloaded here or below. Questions and comments related to this RFQ must be in writing only and submitted electronically no later than September 20, 2022, by 5:00 pm EST to ARPA@ncba.coop. No questions will be accepted after the date. Questions and their responses are now available for all to access. Any amendments to this solicitation are occasionally issued and will be posted on the same website page. NCBA CLUSA advises to check the website for amendments.