Funding Opportunities

Communications and Marketing Planning Services (RFQ)

RFQ Document:  

FIRST 5 is seeking a respondent who is highly skilled and fully knowledgeable in the marketing and communications planning and can effectively advise and execute strategies to strengthen FIRST 5’s brand and public awareness. Communications and campaigns will revolve around topics including, but not limited to: early childhood, public health, education, and family engagement.

Prior experience with these topics, and with public sector/government entities, is preferred but not required.

The respondent selected through this RFQ will support FIRST 5 in a variety of areas which may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Communications Strategy Development
● Message development
● Public awareness/engagement strategies
● Strategic partnership engagement
● Campaign planning
● Media planning/ media buys
● Social media strategy

Communications Strategy Implementation
● Collateral material development/consultation
● Content development
● Graphic design
● Event planning
● Media relations

Questions & Answers:

Download (November 27, 2018)

Request for Qualifications Released – November 16, 2018Applications are available online at
Deadline for Questions from Applicants – November 26, 2018Questions regarding the application may be addressed via email to All questions and responses will be posted on the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County website:
Application Submission Deadline – December 7, 2018 by 5:00 PM7The completed application packet must be emailed to: Application Packet shall include: 1. Application Cover Sheet and Minimum Qualifications 2. Prior Project Experience 3. Qualifications and Staffing
Anticipated Applicant Selection – December 14, 2018The selected applicant will receive notice via email. Those applicants who are not selected to move forward in the process will also receive notice via email.
Appeal Process – December 17 – 19, 2018Applicants, who are not selected for the pre-qualified list and who wish to appeal the decision, have three working days from receipt of the email notifying applicants of the initial award recommendation to file an appeal in writing. The written appeal needs to document the reason for the appeal and must be sent via email to: and addressed to Tyson Jue, Chief of Communications. Grounds for appeal are limited to a violation of a FIRST 5 Santa Clara County procedure, law, rule, regulation, or practice regarding this RFQ process. Appeals will not be accepted on any other grounds. Appeals will only be considered if received in the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County office by 5:00 p.m. on the third working day from the date of the email regarding the initial award recommendation. Decision on appeal is final.