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Catalyst RFP

Catalyst Request for Proposal Opportunity

The Central San Joaquin Valley CERF (Valley CERF) is issuing this Catalyst Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that support our disinvested and disadvantaged communities; have a local or regional scope; and aim to attract additional state, federal, or philanthropic funding. For more information, see the Catalyst Request for Proposals and Catalyst Request for Proposals Application Questions linked below.

Ensuring an inclusive process that centers disinvested community and nontraditional voices is key to the Valley CERF process. With input from local kick-off meetings, focused stakeholder outreach, and hundreds of follow up discussions with community leaders, the Valley CERF coalition built its Collaborative Governance Structure and overall Outreach and Engagement plan. The plan include its own “Principles of Community Engagement” such as (1) community engagement “first and throughout” the planning process; (2) resourcing trusted community partners to lead resident engagement; and (3) adopting the International Association for Public Participation’s “Transformative Community Engagement” framework pictured below.

A photo of sticky notes attached to two large poster boards with the titles "Strengths" and "Wanted Changes"
A graphic image of a 
 Public Participation Chart with 5 steps: Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate, and Empower.

Community Engagement Opportunity

The following organizations were selected by Local Table Evaluation Committees to lead community surveys, interviews, and focus groups throughout the Central San Joaquin Valley. With their leadership and support, we will ensure that community voices, especially those who have been historically excluded from regional economic development processes, are engaged and central to the decisions of the Valley CERF Coalition.


Binational of Central California

Centro Unidad Popular Benito Juárez


Kings/Tulare Local Table

Central Valley Worker’s Center

Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce


Fresno County Local Table

Central Valley Worker’s Center

Familias Empoderadas

Jakara Movement

The Southeast Asian Business Center


Madera County Local Table

Youth Leadership Institute

Madera Coalition for Community Justice

Community Action Partnership of Madera County

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