CORE Investments FYs 2025 - 2028

CORE Request for Proposals for Fiscal Years 2025-2028

Invitation to the CORE RFP
The County of Santa Cruz (County) and City of Santa Cruz invites proposals for the Collective of Results and Evidence-based (CORE) Investments funding opportunity. This opportunity aims to uncover and address the root causes of inequities to advance the CORE Conditions of Health and Well-Being for all residents of the County. Proposals will be accepted from non-profit 501(c)(3) entities, federally recognized Tribal entities, and tax-exempt education entities. Nonprofit 501(c)(3) acting as fiscal sponsors or a lead fiscal agency are eligible to apply for the program(s) for which they provide fiscal oversight. Read more HERE.
There is significant need in all areas of the CORE Conditions of Health and Well-Being in Santa Cruz County, but due to funding limitations, services must be prioritized. As a result, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors and the Santa Cruz City Council directed that CORE Investments proposals for the fiscal year (FY) 2025-28 (July 1, 2025, to June 30, 2028) award cycle be requested for the following categories: 
  • Lifelong Learning & Education 
  • Thriving Families 
  • Healthy Environments 
Proposals will be accepted from Monday, June 3, 2024 until Friday, August 2, 2024 at 5:00pm. All proposals must be submitted via an online proposal system.
CLICK HERE to find the CORE RFP solicitation and any addenda.
Documents related to this RFP include:

CORE RFP Timeline

For a larger view of the RFP timeline click on the image above or, CLICK HERE

Applicant Conference and Question and Response
An applicant conference (virtual) will be held on June 21, 2024 from 10 am-12pm. To access the conference please use the following link:
All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted to The deadline for questions is July 1, 2024 at 5pm. Responses to questions will be posted by 5pm June 21, 2024 and July 8, 2024.

Individualized Online Portal Support
Individualized portal support for the Reviewr platform is available by e-mailing
CLICK HERE to register for the online Portal Technical Assistance session, which will be held on June 26, 20224 from 11am-12pm.

CORE Investments Annual Funding Structure for Fiscal Years 2025-2028

Training and TA

The CORE consultants (Optimal Solutions Consulting and subcontractors) will provide training and technical assistance (TA) on topics related to the RFP, including but not limited to: 
  • Developing a theory of change and logic model with an equity lens 
  • Using the CORE framework and tools to prepare your proposal 
  • Preparing a Statement of Needs and Strengths  
  • Describing your Proposed Approach: What should be done, and for whom? 
  • Developing your Scope of Work 
  • Developing your Data Collection and Evaluation Plan 
  • Preparing your Budget and Budget Narrative 
 Training and TA will be provided through a combination of  
  • Virtual, structured workshops on the topics listed above 
  • 4 open office hours by CORE Condition/Impact Statement 
  • Individual TA sessions for applicants (up to 2 sessions per applicant) 
CLICK HERE to find a schedule of CORE RFP Trainings and TA sessions, as well as registration details and links.
Read detailed CORE RFP Training and TA session descriptions in English and Spanish!