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Additional resources available for submitting Equity in Action ideas

Deadline extended until Sept. 24

Post Date:09/04/2019 12:00 PM

Tempe, AZ – Tempe added additional resources to help applicants with the Equity in Action submittal process and extended the deadline to Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m.

Additional resources include a video to help applicants better understand the Request for Quote (RFQ) process and a Spanish-language application.

Tempe’s Equity in Action pilot program is designed to increase the participation of underrepresented residents in Tempe’s planning and decision-making processes. The aim is for projects of all kinds – from local park improvements and streetscapes to bigger-picture, citywide issues like the Climate Action Plan – to receive more and better input from the widest possible array of Tempe residents.

If you serve or identify with Tempe’s youth, communities of color, low-income residents, non-English speaking residents, or other underrepresented groups within the city we’d like to invite you to join the Tempe Equity in Action Team!

Together, we’ll discuss engagement ideas that are inclusive to all types of people living and working in Tempe. Chosen partners will demonstrate their ability to reach underrepresented communities.

The RFQ is open to individual residents, community leaders, groups and nonprofits. A fixed rate of $25 per hour will be paid to awarded participants.

After the RFQ response deadline, Tempe will consider the RFQ responses it received to determine which individuals or groups are most qualified to help the city moving forward. The chosen applicants will demonstrate that they have the ideas and experience to assist with a pilot project to update the city’s processes for seeking input from a wide variety of Tempe community members, including those who may not always hear about or be engaged in city functions.

View the formal RFQ at

This is a partnership between the City of Tempe and Vitalyst Health Foundation. The group was one of nine applicants to receive awards in May 2018 from the Tempe City Council for community-focused projects. Tempe’s one-time Innovation Fund awarded a total of $500,000 to projects ranging from green business assistance to a career-readiness project for young people. 

The Equity in Action project was awarded $75,000, which is being matched by Vitalyst.

VitalystAbout Vitalyst Health Foundation

Vitalyst Health Foundation is on a mission to inform, connect and support efforts to improve the health of individuals and communities in Arizona. Over its history, the foundation has invested more than $100 million and established itself as a key thought leader, convener and catalyst of key initiatives – ranging from statewide health policy and systems to development of local community gardens. More information is available at

About the City of Tempe

Tempe makes waves as a technology and business magnet, an inclusive, caring community, and a hub for recreation and adventure.


Media contact: Nikki Ripley

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