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Request for Proposals (RFP)
NC AIR AWARENESS EXHIBIT PROJECT
Working with museums / education centers across North Carolina to
improve outdoor air quality and protect the health of all North Carolinians
FIND THIS RFP here: https://www.ips.state.nc.us/
Under this request for proposals (RFP) the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) is seeking proposals from eligible applicants to design and build an air quality education exhibit in North Carolina.
The DAQ seeks professional services to (1) design and build an air quality education exhibit at the contractor’s existing museum, organization, building, structure, or space; (2) maintain and promote the exhibit with staff and marketing as needed to maximize public engagement and exposure; and (3) collaboratively work with the DAQ through the entire exhibit creation, installment, and maintenance process to ensure that air quality information is accurate and stays up-to-date, messaging and branding are consistent, and that the DAQ’s Air Awareness Program goals are being met.
Number of Awards and Value:
The DAQ expects to award one (1) to three (3) awards for the entire state of North Carolina; the award amount will range from $50,000.00 to $525,000.00. The award is subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of applications received, and other applicable considerations. The DAQ reserves the right to award zero (0) awards for this RFP if no proposal is deemed suitable by the selection committee or the NC Air Awareness team supervisor. The DAQ anticipates that the average award will be around $175,000.00 but encourages both large and small proposals to submit applications.
Applicants must complete an Application, the Tasks & Budget spreadsheet, and all required RFP documentation to be considered. Digital copies of the Application and Tasks & Budget spreadsheet may be obtained here,http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/aq/airaware/exhibits. Please include digital copies with proposals.
Deadline for Applications:
Applications must be received by June 15, 2013, to be considered. Applicants are highly encouraged to participate in the pre-proposal webinar scheduled for May 1, 2013. If you cannot participate, you may be able to view the archived webinar materials online before submitting proposal.
Museums, education centers, environmental education centers, visitor centers or other organizations with facilities that have permanent (or semi-permanent) educational exhibits or have space suitable for an exhibit may apply. Locations must regularly attract large groups of students, families and a variety of visitors annually. Locations must be in North Carolina and in an eligible county (see below).
ALAMANCE, ALEXANDER, BURKE, CABARRUS, CALDWELL, CASWELL, CATAWBA, CHATHAM, CUMBERLAND, DAVIDSON, DAVIE, DURHAM, EDGECOMBE, FORSYTH, FRANKLIN, GASTON, GRANVILLE, GUILFORD, HAYWOOD, IREDELL, JOHNSTON, LINCOLN, MECKLENBURG, NASH, ORANGE, PERSON, RANDOLPH, ROCKINGHAM, ROWAN, SWAIN, UNION, WAKE
Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) requirements:
The majority of the funds (80 percent) of the funding for this project will come from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant agreement between the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and NCDENR. As per the CMAQ agreement (Agreement C-4903), 20 percent of the funding would come from the DAQ. CMAQ funds can only be spent in EPA-designated non-attainment or maintenance areas in North Carolina.
Cost Sharing Requirement:
Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide non-federal matching funds of at least 15 percent of the total cost of the project. Staff time or other in-kind matches will be considered.
NC Air Awareness Program Background
The North Carolina Air Awareness Program (NC Air Awareness) of the DAQ began air quality public outreach, including forecasting of ground-level ozone levels, in 1997. The DAQ is responsible for protecting and improving outdoor air quality in North Carolina. The DAQ currently faces the environmental challenge of reducing harmful tailpipe emissions that greatly contribute to poor air quality in much of our state. The primary goal of this program is to educate the public, reduce air pollution and improve air quality for the benefit of all North Carolina citizens. (See additional background information in appendix B of full version of the RFP - link below)
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