City of Long Beach Business Brief
February 18, 2022
Welcome to the Economic Development Department's Business Brief! We are continuing to ensure you are updated on the latest business resources and news.
City of Long Beach 
Long Beach Recovery Act (LBRA) 
Digital Inclusion Resources & Services Request for Proposals 
As part of the City of Long Beach’s (City) effort to bridge the digital divide, the Economic Development (ED) and Technology & Innovation (TID) departments have announced two funding opportunities for Long Beach organizations to implement digital inclusion resources and services administered to residents and business owners most in need. Funded through the Recovery Act, organizations can submit proposals for opportunities including distributing hotspots and computing devices, offering computer literacy training and implementing community outreach.  
Eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, by 11 a.m. (PST) on Mar. 1, 2022. Questions regarding the RFPs can be directed to the City’s Purchasing Team at information regarding the City’s Digital Inclusion Initiative, visit the website.   
City Launches Request for Qualifications for Grant Writing Services
The City of Long Beach is seeking grant writing consultants and firms to provide grant writing services for various City Departments that require assistance applying for county, state, federal and philanthropic grants. Now through Feb. 23 at 11 a.m., eligible organizations are encouraged to submit proposals through the City’s Request for Qualification (RFQ) Vendor Portal, PlanetBids, for consideration.

To be eligible, consultants and firms must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a grant writing consultant or firm offering tailored grant writing services with at least five years’ experience providing grant writing services for a range of simple to complex federal, state, county, and philanthropic grants to government agencies.
  • Have familiarity with current procedures for submission of applications under, including the use of Workspace, preparation of SF-424s and other relevant federal forms; similar knowledge of FEMA and other portal requirements; requirements of, FFATA, etc.
  • Have experience and capacity to produce grant deliverables under tight deadlines.
  • Have strong project management and administration skills.
  • Be able to apply an equity lens throughout the grant application process.
  • Have a Long Beach business license (must be obtained prior to final contract award).

Details related to scope areas, eligibility requirements and submission instructions are available at PlanetBids. The City also has developed an instructional video on the registration process.
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Contact the City of Long Beach BizCare Hotline for Immediate Assistance:

Phone number: 562-570-4BIZ (4249)
Days: Monday - Friday
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City staff will respond to voicemails made after business hours within 24 hours.