Capacity Building Consultants for MFH Advocacy (Request for Qualifications)

Capacity Building Consultants for MFH Advocacy (Request for Qualifications)

The purpose of this RFQ is to request statements of qualifications from consultants who are interested in providing capacity-building support to Missouri Foundation for Health’s advocacy grantees. This RFQ is open to nonprofits, universities, and independent contractors.

Purpose of Capacity Building Consultants RFQ

MFH is seeking responses to this RFQ to connect nonprofit organizations to consultants that can provide capacity-building services. No awards will be made as a direct result of this RFQ. Responses will be catalogued by type of capacity-building assistance that each respondent is offering to provide.

MFH is seeking a broad and diverse array of capacity-building consultants with experience working with advocacy organizations. All capacity-building services provided will be related to an organization’s advocacy work. For example, the organization’s proposed advocacy project may contain a public awareness component that uses social media channels and needs capacity-building assistance for this social media work. The following are examples of capacity-building areas for which MFH is seeking consultants, but it should not be taken as an all-inclusive list:

• Program/Project Development
• Storytelling
• Traditional and Social Media
• Message Development
• Hosting Public Forums
• Health Literacy
• Healing/Self-Care
• Coaching and Mentoring
• Community Engagement
• Engaging with Diverse Sectors/Partners
• Policymaker Education
• Evaluation
• Data Analysis
• Data Management


MFH Advocacy Strategy

One of MFH’s advocacy strategies is focused on advocacy leadership and collaboration. Within this strategy, MFH is launching a funding program designed to build the capacity of organizations implementing a specific advocacy project of their design that aligns with the mission of MFH. Organizations applying to the program will self-identify an area of the project where they believe capacity building would be beneficial in helping them achieve success. The goals of this funding program are:

  1.  To increase the capacity of organizations to engage in health advocacy work in a sustainable and effective manner;
  2. To build the diversity of the advocacy field in Missouri, including the diversity of organizations, individuals (emphasis on engaging young people and people of color), sectors, and ideas;
  3. To create an effective and coordinated field of advocates aligned with the mission and values of MFH.

The responses to this RFQ will be used as part of the funding program’s Request for Applications (RFA) process which will be released by MFH in the spring of 2019 and is described below:

  1. Applicants will submit concept papers that will provide a) a brief summary of a proposed health advocacy project and b) a needed area of capacity building related to the project’s implementation.
  2. MFH staff will review applications and follow up with each applicant to determine if the organization will be invited to submit a full proposal.
  3. If a full proposal is requested, MFH will provide applicants with the names of 2-3 consultants derived from this RFQ. The applicant will choose a consultant and work with them to build out the capacity-building portion of
    their full proposal including the project budget.

Please note: Consultant will not be reimbursed for the cost of working with the applicant in the development of the proposal. However, consultant will be included as a paid subcontractor in the full proposal to assist with implementation of the project.


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The proposal is due no later than midnight on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

All response materials should be emailed to Rae Koch at Respondents will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of submission.

Questions concerning MFH’s Health Advocacy strategies or this RFQ should be directed to Nicole Brueggeman, Advocacy and Community Affairs Manager, at or (314) 345-5544.