DEADLINE EXTENDED: Deadline for Proposal Submission has been extended to September 13, 2019. Please email a .pdf of the proposal to: and Please include “Inclusive Procurement Consultant” in the subject line. See RFP for Q+A opportunities and schedule.

The Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia (the “Fund”) and the City of Philadelphia (the “City”) seek proposals from qualified consultants to support the City’s efforts to improve City procurement.

The Citi Foundation and Living Cities selected Philadelphia as one of ten cities to participate in an inclusive procurement initiative. More information about the initiative can be found here: Through the initiative, the City will work over the next year to conduct research and pursue a range of projects to find innovative, effective, locally-tailored strategies to leverage its public purchasing power to develop firms owned by people of color, women and immigrants.

The City is experiencing great momentum and economic success right now, and understands that this comes with the responsibility of building an economy that works for all residents. The City recently shared its vision for inclusive growth in Philadelphia, which includes targeted and intentional strategies aimed at expanding financial access and business supports to increase diverse business inclusion. Growth with Equity, Philadelphia’s Vision for Inclusive Growth. As part of the City’s work to improve equitable economic outcomes, the City’s plan also highlighted the need to make City procurement processes and outcomes more equitable.

The City’s goal in participating in the City Accelerator includes significantly increasing response rates to bid opportunities by diverse business owners, with a particular focus on local minority business enterprises. To this end, the City will utilize a comprehensive approach to develop an understanding of the critical structural and institutional barriers that limit contracting opportunities with the City; initiate and implement strategies to target specific challenges; and, grow partnerships with key stakeholders to inform the development of a strategy that could be scaled citywide in the future. More information on Philadelphia’s Inclusive Procurement Proposal is available online.

Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), the City is seeking a consultant to conduct specific research on the institutional and structural barriers that may impact inclusive procurement participation, and develop a set of recommended strategies to address identified barriers.

To view the full RFP, click here: RFP Inclusive Procurement Research_extended_final

To view the questions and responses submitted in reference to the opportunity, click here: RFP Inclusive Procurement Research_Q+A_Final

To view the RFP Exhibits, see below: