Active Requests for Proposals

Harbor Island Ferry Service RFI – Closed

Boston Harbor Now (BHN), on behalf of the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership, is seeking industry input prior to issuing an RFP for seasonal ferry service to the Boston Harbor Island National and State Park. BHN will be contracting with a private company to provide comprehensive waterborne transportation services to six of the islands in the Boston Harbor Islands State and National Park.

A market sounding by phone will be conducted between August 13 and 24. An RFP for this service will be issued in September of 2018.

A copy of the Request for Information and Expressions of Interest and related information can be found below.

RFP Issue Date: July 17, 2018

RFP Due Date: Submissions are due on Friday, August 10, 2018 by 5:00 pm. For more information please write to Alice Brown at


Peddocks Island RFI – Closed

Boston Harbor Now (BHN) works in partnership with public agencies, communities, and the private and non-profit sectors to plan, advocate, and activate a thriving waterfront, harbor, and Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. In collaboration with Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) and the National Park Service (NPS), BHN is seeking brief expressions of interest from consultant teams to lead a process that will result in a widely supported management and conceptual development plan, an engaged public, strengthened partnerships that support a transformational visitor experience, and a sustainable model for redevelopment and an enhanced island park environment.

RFP Issue Date: May 11, 2018

RFP Due Date: Proposals are due on Friday, June 22, 2018 by 5pm. For more information please visit the Peddocks Island RFI page for supporting documents and contact info.


Plan Development for Volunteer Programs RFP – Closed

Boston Harbor Now is seeking a Consultant to assess and advance our existing volunteer program. The scope of this contract is to assess current volunteer efforts and complete a high priority program plan by which to guide Boston Harbor Now’s efforts in the management of its volunteers into the future

The contractor shall produce a Volunteer Program Management Plan, which will be used by BHN as a guiding document in the development of a robust volunteer program by incorporating elements described in the scope of the RFP

RFP Issue Date: November 22, 2017

RFP Due Date: Proposals are due on Friday, January 12, 2018 by 5pm.
For more information please contact

Volunteer Consultant RFP (Download full description PDF)

Spectacle Islands Repair RFP – Closed

Boston Harbor Now is requesting proposals for the installation and repair of the wave screens on Spectacle Island. This project includes the installation of critical safety and operation components at Spectacle Island within the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.

To view full Request For Proposal please use the following link: BHN SOW SPEC Pier

RFP Issue DateOctober 20, 2017

Mandatory Pre-Bid Site VisitOctober 27, 2017

RFP Due DateNovember 3, 2017 @ 5:00 PM



Water Transportation Business Plan RFP – Closed

Boston Harbor Now seeks consultant water transportation experts for two related projects, a Comprehensive Boston Harbor Water Transportation Study and Business Plans, and a Water Transportation Strategy for the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.
Boston Harbor Now is managing these projects on behalf of our partners at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the National Park Service.

Proposals are due on Friday, April 14, 2017

Water Transportation RFP

Supporting Documents 


Food & Concession Vendor – Closed

Boston Harbor Now, the non-profit partner of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, seeks an entrepreneurial restaurateur, caterer, restaurant group or franchisee for a unique and rare opportunity to operate two existing seasonal café restaurants, retail sales, and a special events business on Georges and Spectacle Islands in Boston Harbor, and to launch a new café restaurant, retail sales and special events business in the heart of downtown Boston at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Interested bidders should preregister and attend an information session and mandatory site visit on Friday, February 10, 2017 9:00AM to 12:30PM

Proposals are due on Wednesday, March 1, 2017

2017 Food Service RFP

Supporting Documents (Photos, Appendix, Plans)


Public Relations – Closed

Boston Harbor Now Public Relations Request for Proposals

Boston Harbor Now is currently accepting proposals to develop, launch, and manage our new brand rollout, messaging and outreach. Boston Harbor Now has recently completed a nearly year-long intensive rebranding effort led by our Board, leadership team, and local branding consultants and we are now ready to re-introduce ourselves to our constituents, the city, and the world. We’re looking for a qualified PR team to help us effectively lead the way.

Interested bidders are invited to submit a proposal to our Communications Director directly. Proposals are due on Wednesday, February 17, 2017

Boston Harbor Now PR RFP