Request for Proposal (RFP)

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The Makers Market of Ludington
Request for Proposal
Bequest of Makerspace and Program Funding

Overview:


New or existing Mason County, MI organizations or community groups are invited to submit a proposal for the bequest of durable goods and supportive funding in order to enhance or establish a “makerspace” (fab lab, hackerspace, libratory, discovery zone, etc.) for the purpose of community benefit and enrichment.
Background:

The Makers Market of Ludington is an educational and service-based community workshop, generally referred to as a makerspace. The business provides the venue and equipment for adults and youth to engage in hands-on experiences (such as woodworking, electronics, home repair, upcycling, sewing, painting, and more) on a membership basis. It has grown to accommodate the needs and requests for more educational opportunities, including specially designed curriculum for STEM education, community initiatives, fields trips, in­-school programming, drop-­in workshops and camps.
Current membership and volunteers have determined the most effective way to best serve the community’s expressed needs is to equip and fund a local organization or group by way of bequest and establish a permanent location for a makerspace.
Goals & Target Audience:

The goal of the bequest is to support an organization or group’s efforts to provide adults and youth access to hands-on experience, creation and experimentation through the establishment of a makerspace (or similar community resource that provides facilities, tools and programs that enable the development of knowledge and self-sufficiency).
Scope of Bequest and Support:

The bequest includes (1) tooling, equipment and materials, (2) fixturing, (3) marketing material, (4) program funding.
Tooling, equipment and materials:
  • General/light power tools: sanders, sawzalls, circular saws, jigsaw, drills, dremel, rotozip, jigs, heat gun, hot glue guns, soldering iron, etc.
  • Woodworking: Table saws, band saw, drill press, radial arm saw, compound miter saw, scroll saws, shopsmith, biscuit joiner, router, etc.
  • Metalworking: Grinder, polisher, tin snips, etc.
  • Paint & Finishing: Roller handles, brushes, stencils, paint and stain, etc.
  • Electronics: volt tester, soldering equipment, wiring tools and supplies, etc.
  • Textiles: sewing machine, leatherworking, fabrics, etc.
  • Fine art / Craft: Paper, basket weaving, beading/jewelry making, etc.
  • Cleaning & Maintenance: shopvac, air filtration, extension cords, step ladder, etc.
  • Materials: wood, hardware, fasteners, youth program supplies, books, etc.
Fixturing:
  • Shelving, cabinetry, rolling storage carts, rolling moving carts, rolling workstations, folding workstations, folding chairs, tool stands, utility sink, etc.
Marketing material:
  • Laptop computer, signage, website and social media accounts, etc.
Program funding:
  • Up to $5,000.00 USD will be disbursed for approved expenses supporting the establishment of the makerspace and/or associated programming.
Technical Requirements:

Approximately 400 sq.ft. or larger total/combined facility space within Mason County.
Criteria for Selection:

New or existing Mason County, MI organizations or community groups must submit a written proposal outlining how they intend to utilize and implement the bequest. Proposals will be reviewed by Makers Market members and supporters. Selection will be based on the proposal that best supports the spirit of the Maker Movement and the goals of the bequest. The Makers Market reserves the right to accept or deny any submitted proposal, regardless of the number of proposals received.
Format & Proposal Timeline:

Proposals should include detailed information for the following:
  1. Cover letter introducing your organization or community group.
  2. How will the tooling, equipment and funding be used?
  3. Who will be provided access?
  4. Where in Mason County will the space be located?
Proposals must be received no later than January 5, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST and may be submitted by mail or email to the following addresses:
Request for Proposal Submission
Makers Market of Ludington
PO Box 883
Ludington MI 49431

- OR -
director@makersmkt.org
Subject: Request for Proposal Submission
  • Proposals will be reviewed and the recipient notified by January 12, 2018. 
  • Bequest of makerspace will be transferred to the recipient by February 1, 2018.
  • Program funding will be disbursed in increments based on approved expenses.
  • Makers Market volunteers and recipient will mutually provide assistance to complete the transfer.