Social Services Funding Overview

The City of Columbia recognizes that, in addition to physical infrastructure and public safety, it must also make an investment in the social infrastructure of our community.  To this end, the City seeks to assure that adequate levels of needed and effective social services are made available to low-income residents of the City. This is accomplished through a combination of coordinating, providing, and purchasing social services. For those social services which are deemed to be necessary but cannot be provided directly by the City, the City seeks to assure the availability of these services by entering into purchase of service contracts with community-based social service providers.

The Human Services Commission (HSC) and the Division of Human Services (DHS) are charged by the Columbia City Council to make annual recommendations for the allocation of City general revenue funding for the purchase of social services. To do so, DHS issues targeted “Requests for Proposals” (RFPs) by issue area in a staggered, three year cycle.

The current RFP issuance schedule is outlined in the table below:

RFP issuance timeline

Please refer to the Social Services Funding Policyopens in a new window for detailed information regarding the City’s social services funding.

Requests for Proposals FY2018 Social Services

City of Columbia Funding for Community-Based Projects and Servicesopens in a new window– provides information on City of Columbia funding types for community-based projects and services.

On August 1, 2017, the City of Columbia (City) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking proposals from organizations to contract with the City in FY2018 to provide social services to address issues related to Children, Youth, and Families. There are no RFPs open at this time.

For more information, go to the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services websiteopens in a new window.