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In grant seeking, the term ‘sustainability’ has several distinct meanings. One of its meanings raises questions about whether and to what degree an applicant is apt to continue to do what a requested grant will enable it to do after that initial grant ends.

 

Particularly when seeking large multiyear grants, school districts, like other applicants, must present cogent plans for future sustainability during the post-grant period. There are many ways they can address this issue in factual rather than conjectural terms. I offer seven possible ways here:

 

Organizational Precedents:

A proposal might describe a district’s past organizational commitments to arguably similar initiatives or projects. If a district has a 3-5 year (or longer) history of consistently investing in its technology infrastructure, or in its after school programs, or in its family/community engagement programs, there is a reasonable prospect — based on that recent track record — that such commitments (and funding trends) will continue after the completion of a new project to expand or intensify or perfect such efforts. I’d call this the Organizational Precedents strategy.

 

Plan Linkage:

A narrative might describe a district’s past and present organizational declarations of priorities, goals, and strategies— such as are often found in each school’s Site Improvement Plan as well as in a district’s Strategic Plan, Technology Plan, Professional Development Plan, and so on — and pull quotes judiciously from them. It can discuss how a proposed project is anchored in and advances such plans. If a new project advances an existing plan, already in place and adopted locally, its strategies are more likely to retain traction and elicit support after a new project — undertaken to serve as a catalyst for advancing such plans — comes to an end. I’d call this the Plan Linkage strategy.

 

Board Policy Directives:

A proposal might cite Board-adopted policies, goals, priorities, or similar imperatives or directives that relate to the new project and which that new project would either advance or serve to implement. If a proposed project has the local Board of Education behind it, its strategies (and their associated costs) are more likely to be sustained post-grant. I’d call this the Board Policy Directive strategy.

 

Leveraging Partnerships:

A narrative might describe a district’s pursuit and creation of partnerships with other (for-profit and non-profit) organizations whose organizational and/or financial resources might be brought to bear in sustaining the district’s project or initiative post-grant. A proposal might also describe local precedents for partnerships pooling their assets in pursuit of shared goals. If a project’s strategies reflect a broadly shared community vision they are more likely to persist post-grant. I’d call this the Leveraging Partnerships strategy.

 

Evaluation of Effectiveness:

A proposal might discuss how the findings of monitoring and evaluation will be used to identify effective project strategies and/or its key grant-funded positions or functions to be sustained by other means post-grant. Both monitoring and evaluation should be asking what works well and what does not, and it makes no sense for a district to continue what does not work well (or its associated costs) after a grant ends. I’d call this the Evaluation of Effectiveness strategy.

 

Seamless Funding:

An itemized budget and a budget justification narrative might demonstrate a district’s awareness of other (mandatory, formula-based) funding streams (e.g., NCLB Titles I, II, III, and VII and IDEA Part B, among many others) that may be brought to bear post-grant to sustain some of the project’s effective strategies and/or some of its key grant-funded positions or functions. Much of this funding is far less categorical, and far more flexible, than it once was, and it is thus expected to work in synergy with other funding sources, including discretionary grants. I’d call this the Seamless Funding strategy.

 

Expecting the Expected:

Finally, development office staff might remind administrators (whoever will listen) that if they do request funding for 50.0 FTE new grant-funded positions (as can happen in large urban comprehensive school reform projects), they need to realize that reviewers will expect its proposal to drop a few persuasive hints about how the district anticipates absorbing such significant costs post-grant. I’d call this the Expecting the Expected strategy.

 

There are other strategies. But perhaps these will provide a starting point.

Competition for grants is fierce and becoming fiercer. One strategy for thriving despite the intensified competition is to keep current on the professional literature of grantsmanship.

 

This post presents books about grant writing that were published either in 2012 or in 2013, as well as forthcoming books slated for later in 2013. An earlier post presented books published either in 2010 or in 2011.

 

Research Method:

Most of the listed books represent titles found among the first 50 pages of hits on Amazon using the search terms ‘grant writing’ and ‘grants.’ Several of the titles also reflect LinkedIn members’ responses to a question posed to several groups. The searches and solicitations yielded 14 titles for 2012 and 13 more titles so far for 2013, in addition to 9 more books slated to come out later during 2013.

 

It is likely that the use of other sources and search terms would have led to different lists. If you are aware of other titles that fit the search parameters, please send a ‘comment’.

 

Scope of Coverage:

Although the list is subject to correction and revision, it is not intended to be exhaustive. Unless they were published in new editions, it does not list books from 2009 or earlier years; such books may become the topic of a later post. Inclusion of a book in the list is not an endorsement nor does it necessarily mean I have read the book. The list excludes books only about grant writing as a career or grant writing as a business. It also excludes books that promote get-rich-quick myths in grant seeking

 

Published in 2012:

  1. Aldridge, Jacqueline, and Derrington, Andrew M. (2012). The Research Funding Toolkit: How to Plan and Write Successful Grant Applications.
  2. Dustin, Jill C. (2012). Grant Writing and Fundraising Tool Kit for Human Services.
  3. Epps, Andrea Belcher. (2012). The Grant Writing Toolkit.
  4. Geever, Jane C. (2012). The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing.
  5. Hexter, Jana Jane. (2012). Grant Writing Revealed: 25 Experts Share Their Art, Science, and Secrets.
  6. Li, Ping and Marrongelle, Karen. (2012). Having Success with NSF: A Practical Guide.
  7. Licklider, Mary M. and The University of Missouri Grant Writer Network. (2012). Grant Seeking in Higher Education: Strategies and Tools for College Faculty.
  8. MacKellar, Pamela H. (2012). Writing Successful Technology Grant Proposals: A LITA Guide.
  9. Maxwell, Nancy Kalikow. (2012). Grant Money Through Collaborative Partnerships.
  10. Ohrlich, Donald C. and Shrope, Nancy R. (2012). Developing a Winning Grant Proposal.
  11. Smith, Nancy and Works, E. (2012). The Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn How to Write Grants Like a Professional.
  12. Teitel, Martin. (2012). The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Grants: A Foundation CEO Reveals the Secrets You Need to Know.
  13. United States Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Agency. (2012). Funding Alternatives for Emergency Medical and Fire Services: Writing Effective Grant Proposals.
  14. Yang, Otto O. (2012). Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application.

 

Published in 2013:

  1. Coley, Soraya M. and Scheinberg, Cynthia A. (2013). Proposal Writing: Effective Grantsmanship.
  2. Crossthwaite, Mark (2013). Grant Writing for Individuals.
  3. Eisenstein, Amy M. (2013). 50 Asks in 50 Weeks: A Guide to Better Fundraising for Your Small Development Shop.
  4. Gherman, Sharon Charnell. (2013). The Art of Grant Writing: Communicating Your Vision to Funders.
  5. Harris, Kim. (2013). How to Write a Program Grant Proposal: Nonprofit Guide to Successful Grant Proposals.
  6. Illes, Judith. (2013). The Strategic Grant Seeker:  A Guide to Conceptualizing Fundable Research in the Brain and Behavioral Sciences.
  7. Klosterman, Mark. (2013). Thou Shalt Not Lie About Grants: Learning the Craft of Grant Writing.
  8. Locke, Lawrence F., Spirduso, Waneen W., and Silverman, Stephen J. (2013). Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals.
  9. Richardson, Kimberly. (2013). The Official Federal Grants Prep Guide: 10 Tips to Position Your Organization for Success.
  10. Schafer, Louis S. (2013). Operating Grants for Nonprofit Organizations.
  11. Shamblee, La Quetta M. (2013). The Grantbuilder:  Step-by-Step Guide to Grantwriting Workbook.
  12. Sternberg, Robert J. (2013). Writing Successful Grant Proposals from the Top Down and Bottom Up.
  13. Tomlin, Carolyn. (2013). Writing Grants for Faith Based Organizations and Community Non-Profits.

 

Forthcoming in 2013:

  1. Brownstein, Lauren. (2013). Grant Writing Quick Tips.
  2. Charles, Claire. (2013). Foundation Grants to Individuals.
  3. Condon, Richard. (2013). How to Write Successful Grant Proposals and Letters of Inquiry.
  4. Erickson, Jane. (2013). The Grant Writer’s Manual For Schools: Money Really DOES Grow on Trees.
  5. Gitlin, Laura N. and Lyons, Kevin J. (2013). Successful Grant Writing: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals. 4th Edition.
  6. O’Neal-McElrath, Tori and Carlson, Mim. (2013). Winning Grants Step by Step: The Complete Workbook for Planning, Developing and Writing Successful Proposals.
  7. Pawlicki, Dakota, Chase, James, and Kloepper, Kathryn. (2013). The Insider’s Guide to Winning Education Grants.
  8. Stevenson, Scott C. (2013). Challenge Gifts and Grants: 76 Ways to Multiply Your Fundraising Dollars.
  9. Valague, P. Esmeralda. Editor. (2013). Best Practices in Grant Seeking.

 

 

Competition for grants is fierce and becoming fiercer. One strategy for thriving despite the intensified competition is to keep current on the professional literature of grantsmanship.

 

This post presents books about grant writing that were published either in 2010 or in 2011. A later post will present books published either in 2012 or in 2013 — as well as forthcoming books. Assuredly, some of the titles listed here are already well along their way to becoming classics!

 

Research Method:

Most of the listed books represent titles found among the first 50 pages of hits on Amazon using the search terms ‘grant writing’ and ‘grants.’ Several of the titles also reflect LinkedIn members’ responses to a question posed to several groups. The searches and solicitations yielded 17 titles for 2010 and 18 more titles for 2011.

 

It is likely that the use of other sources and search terms would have led to different lists. If you are aware of other titles that fit the search parameters, please send a ‘comment’.

 

Scope of Coverage:

Although the list is subject to correction and revision, it is not intended to be exhaustive. Unless they were published in new editions, it does not list books from 2009 or earlier years; such books may become the topic of a later post. Inclusion of a book in the list is not an endorsement nor does it necessarily mean I have read the book. The list excludes books only about grant writing as a career or grant writing as a business. It also excludes books that promote get-rich-quick myths in grant seeking.

 

Published in 2010:

  1. Bergman, Roberta. (2010). Not Just Small Change: Fund Development for Early Childhood Programs.
  2. Black, Alexis Carter. (2010). Getting Grants: The Complete Manual of Proposal Development and Administration.
  3. Driver, Carolyn M. (2010). Guidelines for Writing Successful Grant Proposals for Nonprofit Organizations.
  4. Gerin, William, et al. (2010). Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-by-Step Guide.
  5. High, William F. (2010). Grants for Christian Ministries and More.
  6. Landau, Herbert B. (2010). Winning Library Grants: A Game Plan.
  7. MacKellar, Pamela H. and Gerding, Stephanie K. (2010). Winning Grants: A How to Do It Manual for Librarians with Multimedia Tutorials and Grant Development Tools.
  8. Mann, Valerie Joan. (2010). Getting Your Share of the Pie: The Complete Guide to Finding Grants.
  9. McLean, Theodicia. (2010). Approach Non-Profit Grant Writing with Confidence: A Must Have Workbook for All New Non-Profit Executive Directors.
  10. O’Neal, Glenda and O’Neal, Bryke. (2010). Let’s Write a Grant.
  11. Payne, Mary Ann. (2010). Grant Writing DeMYSTified.
  12. Pequegnat, Willo, Stover, Ellen, and Boyce, Cheryl Anne. (2010). How to Write a Successful Research Grant Application: A Guide for Social and Behavioral Scientists.
  13. Robbins, Veronica. (2010). 101 Tips for Aspiring Grant Writers.
  14. Rosenberg, Gigi. (2010). The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing.
  15. Shore, Arnold R. and Carfora, John M. (2010). The Art of Funding and Implementing Ideas: A Guide to Proposal Development and Project Management.
  16. Silk, Keri. (2010). Navigating the Grant Writing Maze. 2nd Edition.
  17. Staines, Gail M. (2010). Go Get That Grant:  A Practical Guide for Libraries and Nonprofit Organizations.

 

Published in 2011:

  1. Bauer, David G. (2011). The ‘How To’ Grants Manual: Successful Grant Seeking Techniques for Obtaining Public and Private Grants.  7th Edition.
  2. Bowers, Louis E. (2011). Physical Educator’s Guide to Successful Grant Writing: How to Find Funding and Prepare Winning Proposals.
  3. Bowers-Lanier, Rebecca. (2011). The Nurse’s Grant Writing Advantage: How Grant Writing Can Advance Your Nursing Career.
  4. Bradley, Kurt, Stark, Margaret, and Philpott, Don. (2011). Grant Writer’s Handbook.
  5. Burke-Smith, Nancy, and Tremore, Judy. (2011). The Everything Grant Writing Book. 2nd Edition.
  6. Falkner, Roberta. (2011). 143 Tips and Tricks for Writing Foundation Grants.
  7. Floys, Mike. (2011). Writing and Winning Grants and Government Contracts: A Guide to Basic Grant and Government Contracts.
  8. Gatrell, Jay D., Bierly, Gregory D., and Jensen, Ryan R. (2011). Research Design and Proposal Writing in Spatial Science. 2nd Edition.
  9. Grow, Pamela. (2011). Five Days to Foundation Grants.
  10. Hall-Ellis, Sylvia D., et al. (2011). Librarian’s Handbook for Seeking, Writing, and Managing Grants.
  11. Henson, Kenneth T. (2011). Successful Grant Writing for School Leaders: 10 Easy Steps.
  12. Howlett, Susan. (2011). Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals. 5th Edition.
  13. Karbon, Gary. (2011). Proposal Planning and Writing for RFPs.
  14. Karges-Bone, Linda, Krueger, Bonnie J., and Jeffers, Patti. (2011). The Educator’s Guide to Grants: Grant Writing Tips and Techniques for Schools and Non-Profits.
  15. Miner, Jeremy T., Miner, Lynn E., and Griffith, Jerry. (2011). Collaborative Grant Seeking: A Guide to Designing Projects, Leading Partners, and Persuading Partners.
  16. Schimel, Joshua. (2011). Writing Science: How to Write Papers that Get Cited and Proposals that Get Funded.
  17. Thompson, Waddy. (2011). The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing. 3rd Edition.
  18. Ward, Deborah. (2011). Writing Grant Proposals That Win.

This post is the last in a series. It covers locating requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education grants on state department of education (SDE) websites for all 50 states in the United States of America. Earlier posts have covered the SDEs for the individual states organized into seven regions: New England, Mid Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Northwest, and Southwest.

 

SDE websites varied greatly in how they handled information about grant opportunities and RFPs for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites proved to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

Overview of Access to SDE RFPs:

In the table below is an overview of the results of exploring the 50 states’ websites in terms of: (1) consolidation of posting of RFPs; (2) access to active RFPs; (3) access to archived RFPs; (4) access to RFPs for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) grants; and (5) access to RFPs for Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) grants.

 

 

Consolidated RFP

Active RFP

Archived RFP

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

 

Yes

Partial

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

New England

3

1

2

5

1

3

3

5

1

4

2

Mid Atlantic

4

0

2

5

1

2

4

6

0

3

3

Southeast

1

2

7

5

5

3

7

6

4

2

8

Midwest

1

1

3

4

1

3

2

5

0

4

1

Great Plains

1

0

8

7

2

4

5

6

3

5

4

Northwest

1

0

5

6

0

3

3

5

1

4

2

Southwest

3

3

2

6

2

2

6

5

3

4

4

TOTALS

14

7

29

38

12

20

30

38

12

26

24

 

Consolidated Education RFPs:

In the table, ‘Consolidated’ means that RFPs are located all in one place; it is easy to find both active and archived RFPs on one site; and the site is searchable in varied ways (e.g., by fund code, program name, date posted, date due, and grant type).

 

Results for SDE RFP access consolidation were that 14 (or 28%) were consolidated, 7 (or 14%) were partially consolidated, and 29 (or 58%) were not consolidated. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that consolidated access to RFPs were Mid Atlantic, New England, and Southwest.

 

Active Education RFPs:

In the table, ‘Active’ refers to grant competitions that were open for which an SDE was soliciting applications at the time of the search (or had done so very recently). If grant seekers could easily find and access active RFPs, they could respond to them more readily.

 

Results for exploring access to Active RFPs were that 38 (or 76%) of the SDE sites did post active (or recently closed) RFPs, and 12 of them (or 24%) did not. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted active RFPs were Northwest, New England, Mid Atlantic, and Midwest.

 

Archived Education RFPs:

In the table, ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that were closed, but for which past applications were available at the time of the search. Access to Archived RFPs could help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

Results for exploring access to Archived RFPs were that 20 (or 40%) of the SDE sites did post archived, and 30 (or 60%) did not. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted archived RFPs were Midwest, New England, and Northwest.

 

21stCCLC RFPs:

In the table, the term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, federal-origin educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC).

 

Results for exploring access to 21stCCLC RFPs were that 38 (or 76%) of the SDE sites did post RFPs for 21stCCLC, and 12 (or 24%) did not. The 21stCCLC RFP was used merely as a test for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted RFPs for 21stCCLC were Mid Atlantic, Midwest, New England, and Northwest.

 

MSP RFPs:

In the table, the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, federal-origin educational grants program, Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP).

 

Results for exploring access to MSP RFPs were that 26 (or 52%) of the SDE sites did post RFPs for MSP, and 24 (or 48%) did not. The ‘MSP RFP’ was used merely as a second test for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted RFPs for MSP were Midwest, New England, and Northwest.

 

Observations:

Among SDE sites that made it comparatively easier to find RFPs were California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington. By contrast, among SDE sites that made it comparatively harder to find RFPs were Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Utah. Finally, among SDEs that appeared to limit public access to RFPs were Montana and Pennsylvania.

 

State Department of Education (SDE) websites vary greatly in how they handle information about grant opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites prove to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

This post covers SDE websites for Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Hawaii (HI), Nevada (NV), New Mexico (NM), Texas (TX), and Utah (UT). Earlier posts have covered other regions in the United States of America. A final post will provide a synopsis of access to RFPs for K-12 Education in the 50 states.

 

State Education RFP Databases: Southwest

In this series, ‘Consolidated’ means that requests for proposals (RFPs) are located all in one place and are easy to find; ‘Active’ refers to competitions that are open for which applications are being solicited at present (or very recently); and ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that are closed, but for which past applications are available. Access to archived RFPs can help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

The term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC); the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, Mathematics-Science Partnerships (MSP). The ‘21stCCLC RFP’ and the ‘MSP RFP’ are both used merely as tests for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites.

 

State

Consolidated

Active RFPs

Archived RFPs

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

Arizona

Partial

No

No

No

No

California

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Colorado

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Hawaii

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Nevada

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

New Mexico

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Texas

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Utah

No

No

No

Yes

No

 

Arizona: 

The Arizona SDE has a partially consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its primary grants-related site has links to some RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Application Downloads’ site lists some active and inactive RFPs (called ‘applications’) from FY2013, but none for 21stCCLC or MSP. Its ‘All Programs’ index page lists three ‘grant/funding opportunities;’ none of them is 21stCCLC or MSP. Its ‘federal programs’ index entry lists both 21stCCLC and MSP. The SDE’s ’21st Century Learning Centers’ site does not present any active or archived RFPs. Its ‘Mathematics and Science Partnership Program’ site notes that ‘applications’ are not ‘currently available’ for MSP; it provides no links to archived RFPs. Arizona’s ‘on-line applications’ link does not list active RFPs and requires users to be pre-registered.

 

California:

The California SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs, which is searchable for ‘available funding’ by topic, funding type, fiscal year, and key words. Users can use the site’s user-configurable Search boxes and select a span from an earlier fiscal year to the present fiscal year to retrieve a full listing. They can also search funding more broadly by fiscal year, type, status, topic, keyword(s), or any combination.

 

Searchers can find an active FY2013 RFP for the 21stCCLC program by searching the SDE site’s A-Z Topic Index for ‘after school,’ and then clicking through several links. They can find an archived RFP for the MSP program by searching the SDE site’s A-Z Topic Index for ‘science’ (not ‘mathematics’ or ‘partnerships’) and clicking thru several links.

 

Colorado:

The Colorado SDE has a partially consolidated site for state/federal RFPs for ‘PreK-12 Education Grants’. It offers links to internal and external sources of grants and grant-related resources, including links that lead ultimately to RFPs. Its list of links to ‘competitive grants’ includes 21stCCLC, among other programs, but not MSP. A separate page for ‘Competitive Grants and Awards’ lists links to 21stCCLC and MSP as well as other federal programs. There are no links to archived RFPs. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site includes a sidebar sub-link to ’21stCCLC grant competitions’ and an active FY2013 RFP. Its ‘Mathematics and Science Partnerships’ program site includes an active FY2013 RFP.

 

Hawaii:

The Hawaii SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. It presents links to ‘Funding Opportunities’ as well as to an application portal, which requires users to be preregistered. On the ‘Funding Opportunities’ sidebar, a link leads to a vast list of public and private grant sources. No state opportunities appear in the search return when it is filtered as ‘State’. No archived or active RFPs for 21stCCLC or MSP appear when it is filtered as ‘Federal’.

 

Nevada:

The Nevada SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Hot Topics’ site has a link to an active FY2013 MSP RFP. Using the site’s Search box, searches for ‘RFP’ and ‘grants’ turn up only the MSP RFP. The SDE’s ‘Programs’ link on its ‘Educators’ pull-down list includes links to 21stCCLC and other federal programs, but none to MSP, and no links to active or archived RFPs.

 

New Mexico:

The New Mexico SDE has a partially consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. It puts active RFPs, RFAs, and RFIs all in one place and includes a link to an active FY2013 RFP for 21stCCLC and an active FY2013 RFP for MSP. New Mexico’s SDE site has no searchable A-Z Index link and no Search box features. There is no separate collection of archived RFPs.

 

Texas:

The Texas SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. It includes active and archived RFPs. Searchers can configure searches by application name, program/subject area, posting status, funding type, application type, school year, availability date, and due date. A search configured as ‘confirmed’ ‘federal’ ‘2013-2014’ ‘discretionary competitive’ generates an active RFP for 21stCCLC and other programs. Unfortunately, variously configured searches for an RFP for MSP turn up no results.

 

Utah:

The Utah SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its website has no links for ‘grants’ or ‘applications’ or ‘RFPs,’ no links to archived RFPs, and no list of active RFPs. The SDE’s A-Z Index presents no links for ‘grants,’ ‘RFPs,’ ‘applications,’ or similar entries. Site users must search the Federal program links for an announcement of a grant opportunity; the term ‘announcement’ indicates notice of an RFP. There is no federal program link for MSP or for an active or archived RFP for MSP. An active FY2013 RFP for the 21stCCLC program is available.

 

Note:

The FY2013 Federal budget no longer funds grant competitions under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology); thus, this program is absent from discussions in this series.

 

State Department of Education (SDE) websites vary greatly in how they handle information about grant opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites prove to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

This post covers websites for Alaska (AK), Idaho (ID), Montana (MT), Oregon (OR), Washington (WA), and Wyoming (WY). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America. A final post will provide a synopsis of access to RFPs for K-12 Education in the 50 states.

 

State Education RFP Database: Northwest

In this series, ‘Consolidated’ means that requests for proposals (RFPs) are located all in one place and are easy to find; ‘Active’ refers to competitions that are open for which applications are being solicited at present (or very recently); and ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that are closed, but for which past applications are available. Access to archived RFPs can help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

The term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC); the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, Mathematics-Science Partnerships (MSP). The ‘21stCCLC RFP’ and the ‘MSP RFP’ are both used merely as tests for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites.

 

State

Consolidated

Active RFPs

Archived RFPs

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

Alaska

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Idaho

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Montana

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Oregon

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Washington

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wyoming

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Alaska:

The Alaska SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Forms and Grants’ site includes a sub-heading for ‘competitive grants’ but lists only one RFP under it. Other RFPs (called ‘requests for application’ or RFAs, also called simply ‘applications’) are available under other sub-headings. Searchers must scroll down for sub-headings for specific titles and programs. The site includes no archived RFPs and no sub-headings for Title II B (MSP) or Title IV B (21stCCLC) and thus no links to RFPs for either program. The SDE’s ’21st Century Alaska Community Learning Center’ program site includes a recently closed FY2013 RFP. The list of ‘programs’ on the SDE’s ‘Educators and Administrators’ page omits ‘mathematics,’ ‘science,’ or ‘MSP’. User searches on the SDE’s Search box turn up no links to ‘Mathematics and Science Partnerships’ or ‘MSP’.

 

Idaho:

The Idaho SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Searchers must sift through the list of links on the ‘Programs’ site for RFPs for specific programs of interest. The SDE’s 21stCCLC ‘programs’ page includes a sidebar link to the ‘Competitive Grant Process’ and a recently closed FY2013 RFP (called here an ‘application’) for 21stCCLC. The SDE’s Mathematics ‘programs’ page has a sidebar link to ‘Math-Science Partnership Grants’, which presents a recently closed FY2013 RFP (called here a ‘Request for Proposals’) for MSP. There is no SDE archive of RFPs.

 

Montana:

The Montana SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE has a log-on portal for applicants. It lists ‘grants currently available through e-Grants.’ 21stCCLC is listed, but not as a link. For the uninitiated, the SDE’s RFPs at first appear accessible by using the ‘Public Access’ log-on where a list of links appears. Listed RFPs are sorted as ‘competitive grant’, ‘discretionary grant’, or ‘formula grant’. The 21stCCLC program appears as a ‘competitive grant’ while the MSP program does not. However, the RFPs are inaccessible to the general public without users having been pre-designated as an authorized representative (AR) of a local educational agency (LEA).

 

Oregon:

The Oregon SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Users must search the ‘E-Grant Management System’ for specific program RFPs. The SDE presents an active RFP for MSP under the heading of ‘Elementary & Secondary Ed Act (ESEA)-Grant/Program Info’ (sic). An archived FY2012 MSP RFP is at the ‘Oregon Mathematics and Science Partnership’ program site, and an archived FY2012 RFP is at the 21stCCLC program site.

 

Washington:

The Washington SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs as well as an application portal for LEAs and others. RFPs are in fact accessible without a special login. Users must follow the SDE site’s ‘Form Package Inventory’ link. This latter site explains that ‘form package’ means ‘all components of an online grant application or report’ of such types as: ‘federal/state formula grants, federal/state competitive grants (RFPs), federal/state consortium grants, agreements, waivers, foundation grants, and end-of-year reports.’ Searchers may select the ‘form package type’ of interest and scan its contents for a program of interest. An archived 21stCCLC RFP and an archived MSP RFP are found under the ‘federal competitive grants’ form package type. Hit the program’s link and a detailed ‘Profile’ page pops up.

 

Wyoming:

The Wyoming SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘All Programs’ site lists state/federal programs, which may or may not have active or archived RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Grants’ site leads to both active and archived ‘RFPs’ and ‘applications’ for MSP, GEAR UP, and other state/federal programs, but not any to 21stCCLC. Its 21stCCLC program site leads to program-specific information and includes links to active and archived RFPs.

 

Note:

The FY2013 Federal budget no longer funds grant competitions under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology); thus, this program is absent from discussions in this series.

 

State Department of Education (SDE) websites vary greatly in how they handle information about grant opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites prove to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

This post covers websites for Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Minnesota (MN), Missouri (MO), Nebraska (NE), North Dakota (ND), Oklahoma (OK), South Dakota (SD), and Wisconsin (WI). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America. A final post will provide a synopsis of access to RFPs for K-12 Education in the 50 states.

 

State Education RFP Databases: Great Plains

In this series, ‘Consolidated’ means that requests for proposals (RFPs) are located all in one place and are easy to find; ‘Active’ refers to competitions that are open for which applications are being solicited at present (or very recently); and ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that are closed, but for which past applications are available. Access to archived RFPs can help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

The term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC); the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, Mathematics-Science Partnerships (MSP). The ‘21stCCLC RFP’ and the ‘MSP RFP’ are both used merely as tests for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites.

 

State

Consolidated

Active RFPs

Archived RFPs

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

Iowa

No

No

Yes

No

No

Kansas

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Minnesota

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Missouri

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Nebraska

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

North Dakota

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Oklahoma

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

South Dakota

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Wisconsin

No

No

No

No

No

 

Iowa:

The Iowa SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. A link to ‘Requests for Proposals (RFPs)’ on the SDE site’s A-Z Index takes users off-site to a list of links for multiple state agencies. This latter site’s ‘Grant Opportunities Offered by State Agencies’ link leads to an archive of RFPs, including an FY2011 RFP for 21stCCLC, but no archived RFPs for MSP. Neither the SDE’s 21stCCLC program site nor its MSP program site posts any active or archived RFPs.

 

Kansas:

The Kansas SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE website has a scrollable ‘Topics’ list with links to ‘Grants’ and this page leads in turn to ‘federal programs’ and to ‘state programs.’ Some links on these two sites in turn present further links to specific program RFPs. There is no RFP archive. The SDE’s MSP program site includes a link to a closed FY2013 RFP. Its 21stCCLC program site includes a link to an active FY2013 RFP.

 

Minnesota:

The Minnesota SDE has a consolidated site for RFPs. The SDE requires potential applicants to preregister in order to apply, but users can access active and archived RFPs without registering. The SDE site includes a searchable database of active RFPs; it lists only formula grants. It also includes an extensive archive of past state/federal formula and competitive ‘grant applications’ (which are in fact RFPs) going back several years. Among these are closed FY2012 RFPs for both the MSP program and the 21stCCLC program.

 

Missouri:

The Missouri SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Users must search for ‘grants’ using the site’s Search box. The SDE’s ‘Discretionary Grants’ site posts no RFPs. Its ‘Math/Grants’ site posts two links to external grant opportunities, but no links to MSP. The SDE’s ‘Afterschool Grants’ site has links to RFPs for three programs, including an archived 21stCCLC RFP. Its ‘Career Education’ site also posts links to RFPs (called ‘grant applications’).

 

Nebraska:

The Nebraska SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs and no archive of RFPs. Users must use the SDE website’s ‘Departments and Programs’ Search feature and search for ‘rfp.’ The SDE’s ‘Federal Programs’ site’s link to the 21stCCLC program leads to a recently closed FY2013 RFP. Its ‘Mathematics and Science Partnerships’ program site leads to an active FY2013 RFP.

 

North Dakota:

The North Dakota SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘NCLB’ site does not consolidate RFPs. The NCLB site’s link to Title IIB in turn leads to a link for an archived FY2010 RFP for MSP. The same site’s link to Title IVB (21stCCLC) leads in turn to an active FY2013 RFP for 21stCCLC.

 

Oklahoma:

The Oklahoma SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Searchers must use the website’s Search box and search the Site Map/Index page for specific grant programs and for ‘grants,’ ‘RFP,’ ‘application,’ and similar terms. The SDE’s ‘Federal Programs’ page has a further link to Title IIB, which includes a link to the MSP RFP. The same site has no link for Title IVB (21stCCLC) and thus no links to any RFPs. There is no SDE archive of RFPs.

 

South Dakota:

The South Dakota SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Searchers must use the SDE website’s Search box and search the site for ‘grants’ and ‘application’ and similar terms. The SDE site’s ‘A-Z Index’ list of links and its ‘Finance, Grants, and Data Management’ pull-down links have no links for ‘grants,’ ‘RFPs,’  ‘applications,’ or similar terms. The A-Z Index has no link for ‘mathematics’ or ‘NCLB Title II B,’ and none for the MSP program. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site has a link to a recently closed FY2013 RFP. There is no SDE archive of RFPs.

 

Wisconsin:

The Wisconsin SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Grants’ site has a link to 21stCCLC program application guidance but not to an active or archived RFP. Other programs, such as Title II B (MSP), are not listed in SDE ‘Grants’ site’s index. The SDE lists multiple grants related to school nutrition separately. There is no SDE archive of RFPs.

 

Note:

The FY2013 Federal budget no longer funds grant competitions under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology); thus, this program is absent from discussions in this series.

 

State Department of Education (SDE) websites vary greatly in how they handle information about grant opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites prove to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

This post covers SDE websites for Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Kentucky (KY), Michigan (MI), and Ohio (OH). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America. A final post will provide a synopsis of access to RFPs for K-12 Education in the 50 states.

 

State Education RFP Databases: Midwest

In this series, ‘Consolidated’ means that requests for proposals (RFPs) are located all in one place and are easy to find; ‘Active’ refers to competitions that are open for which applications are being solicited at present (or very recently); and ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that are closed, but for which past applications are available. Access to archived RFPs can help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

The term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC); the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, Mathematics-Science Partnerships (MSP). The ‘21stCCLC RFP’ and the ‘MSP RFP’ are both used merely as tests for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites.

 

State

Consolidated

Active RFPs

Archived RFPs

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

Illinois

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Indiana

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Kentucky

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Michigan

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Ohio

No

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Illinois:

The Illinois SDE’s ‘Innovation and Improvement’ page presents a partially consolidated site for active, but not archived, state/federal RFPs and continuing applications. Both its ‘Grants’ site and its ‘Funding Opportunities’ site provide links to active RFPs for formula grants, competitive grants, and continuation grants. There is no single archive of past RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Active Applications’ page includes links only to many closed RFPs from FY2012 and earlier fiscal years, including archived RFPs for continuing applications for MSP. The 21stCCLC program site includes an active FY2013 RFP for a continuation application only.

 

Indiana:

The Indiana SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Grants Management’ site provides some links to state/federal program RFPs and related materials, but not others. It has no links to archived RFPs. This site provides links to RFPs for the 21stCCLC program and to related materials. It provides no links to active or archived RFPs for MSP.

 

Kentucky:

The Kentucky SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal ‘Bid and Proposal Opportunities’. Its ‘Competitive Grants from KDE’ page presents links to active and archived state/federal program RFPs and related materials; among these are archived ‘Requests for Application’ (or RFAs, which are the same as RFPs) from 2012 for both 21stCCLC and MSP. The site’s notices for the 21stCCLC program include an interesting caution about the disqualifying effect of applicants’ ‘plagiarism’ of past proposals. The SDE also has a page that lists sources of other federal, state, and private foundation ‘External Grant Opportunities’.

 

Michigan:

The Michigan SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Programs’ site and sidebar have links that may or may not lead to RFPs, depending on the program or category selected. Its ‘Programs’ sidebar does lead to a link for ’21st Century Community Learning Centers’, including its active RFP. The SDE site’s ‘Grants’ sidebar offers a link to ‘Other Federal and Private Grant Sources’, which includes Title I B (Even Start), and others; however, the Even Start RFP is 10 years old. The SDE site’s ‘Grants’ sidebar also offers a link to ‘Archive: Active/Historical Grant Programs’, which includes 21stCCLC and MSP and their archived RFPs.

 

Ohio:

The Ohio SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Competitive Grants’ site includes a list and links to state/federal programs, such as 21stCCLC, but not to active or archived RFPs. There is no link to MSP. The site’s sidebar link to ‘Grant Related Forms and Applications’ does not lead to active RFPs for either 21stCCLC or MSP. The SDE’s ‘Ohio Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Program’ site includes a link to an archived FY2013 RFP for MSP. A separate page includes a link to a closed, state-administered FY2013 ‘Race to the Top MIni-Grant Competition’.

 

Note:

The FY2013 Federal budget no longer funds grant competitions under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology); thus, this program is absent from discussions in this series.

 

State Department of Education (SDE) websites vary greatly in how they handle information about grant opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites prove to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

This post covers SDE websites for Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), New Jersey (NJ), New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), and West Virginia (WV). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America. A final post will provide a synopsis of access to RFPs for K-12 Education in the 50 states.

 

State Education RFP Databases: Mid-Atlantic

In this series, ‘Consolidated’ means that requests for proposals (RFPs) are located all in one place and are easy to find; ‘Active’ refers to competitions that are open for which applications are being solicited at present (or very recently); and ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that are closed, but for which past applications are available. Access to archived RFPs can help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

The term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC); the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, Mathematics-Science Partnerships (MSP). The ‘21stCCLC RFP’ and the ‘MSP RFP’ are both used merely as tests for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites.

 

State

Consolidated

Active RFPs

Archived RFPs

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

Delaware

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Maryland

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

New Jersey

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

New York

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Pennsylvania

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

West Virginia

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

Delaware:

The Delaware SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘RFP Listing’ site posts active RFPs, but not archived RFPs. The homepage’s Site Map provides no links to active or archived RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Federal/State Programs’ site presents links to programs that may or may not have an RFP. It does not list a link for MSP or any active or archived RFPs for MSP. Its 21stCCLC program site page includes a recently closed FY2013 RFP.

 

Maryland:

The Maryland SDE site consolidates links to ‘programs that support public education’ but it does not represent a truly consolidated list of state/federal RFPs. There is no Site Map and no site A-Z Index to assist with searches. There are no pull-down or sidebar links dedicated to grants, grant programs, or RFPs. Neither the SDE’s ‘Programs’ pull-down menu nor its ‘STEM’ programs page lists MSP or any active or archived RFPs for MSP. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site does include an active FY2013 RFP.

 

New Jersey:

New Jersey’s consolidated site for ‘NJDOE Grant Opportunities’ has links to active ‘discretionary grants’ and to ‘entitlement grants’ and for active and archived RFPs. Its ‘discretionary grants’ page includes links for active FY2013 21stCCLC and MSP RFPs. The SDE site’s ‘DOE A to Z’ index has a link for ‘grants.’ The same SDE site’s index includes a link to a 21stCCLC program site, which in turn has a link to an active FY2013 RFP. The SDE’s MSP program site also has a link to an FY2013 ‘Notice of Grant Opportunity’ (an active RFP). In addition, ‘Grants, education’ is an entry in the State’s comprehensive ‘Services A-Z’ index.

 

New York:

The New York SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Current Applications’ site has a thoroughly described list of active RFPs. Each specific state/federal program has an entry to with a link to its RFP; however, MSP is not listed among them. The SDE’s ‘P-12 A-Z Index’ provides links to both the 21stCCLC and MSP programs. Its ‘Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program’ site does not list active or archived RFPs for MSP. By contrast, its 21stCCLC program site does present a link to an active FY2013 RFP. In addition, the SDE’s Race to the Top (RTTP) program has its own site with its own extensive set of links to RFPs for projects and procurement.

 

Pennsylvania:

The Pennsylvania SDE requires eligible potential applicants to set up user permissions to access grant applications on its ‘eGrants’ site. The SDE may approve or deny access to interested entities. The site includes a sidebar with links to 21stCCLC and other state/federal grant programs. Archived RFPs for the 21stCCLC program are accessible on another website; however, neither active nor archived RFPs for MSP are accessible without first registering with the SDE’s eGrants site. By both measures, the SDE has not entirely consolidated its RFPs.

 

West Virginia:

The West Virginia SDE does not have a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its sidebar link to ‘Other WVDE sites’ leads to a list of state/federal programs; the 21stCCLC program has an active RFP, the MSP program does not. On the SDE site’s Search box, users’ searches for ‘rfp’ and ‘grants’ generate program-specific leads but no consolidated access to RFPs. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site posts a recently closed FY2013 RFP. Its ‘Math/Science Partnership’ program site posts an archived FY2012 RFP for MSP. Separately, the SDE’s ‘Office of Healthy Schools’ site posts private grant opportunities and other materials.

 

Note:

The FY2013 Federal budget no longer funds grant competitions under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology); thus, this program is absent from discussions in this series.

 

 

State Department of Education (SDE) websites vary greatly in how they handle information about grant opportunities and requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites prove to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

This post covers websites for Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Louisiana (LA), Mississippi (MS), North Carolina (NC), South Carolina (SC), Tennessee (TN), and Virginia (VA). Later posts will cover other regions in the United States of America. A final post will provide a synopsis of access to RFPs for K-12 Education in the 50 states.

 

State Education RFP Databases: Southeast

In this series, ‘Consolidated’ means that requests for proposals (RFPs) are located all in one place and are easy to find; ‘Active’ refers to competitions that are open for which applications are being solicited at present (or very recently); and ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that are closed, but for which past applications are available. Access to archived RFPs can help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

The term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC); the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, Federal educational grants program, Mathematics-Science Partnerships (MSP). The ‘21stCCLC RFP’ and the ‘MSP RFP’ are both used merely as tests for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites.

 

State

Consolidated

Active RFPs

Archived RFPs

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

Alabama

No

Yes

No

No

No

Arkansas

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Florida

No

No

No

No

No

Georgia

No

Yes

No

Yes

?

Louisiana

No

No

No

No

No

Mississippi

Partial

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

North Carolina

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

South Carolina

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Tennessee

No

No

No

No

No

Virginia

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

No

 

Alabama:

The Alabama SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Grants’ site lists only one grant program. There are no lists or links to RFPs for MSP or 21stCCLC. User searches for ‘rfp,’ ‘applications,’ and ‘grants’ do not lead to collections of active or archived RFPs.

 

Arkansas:

The Arkansas SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Grants’ site lists opportunities for districts, schools, and educators. Although it is said to include grants offered ‘by national, state, public and private organizations and foundations’, it lists links to mostly private grant opportunities, which are sorted into ten areas. Neither the SDE’s ‘Federal Programs’ page nor its ‘Topics Index’ has entries for ‘mathematics,’ ‘science,’ ‘partnerships,’ or ‘MSP’ nor any links to active or archived RFPs for MSP. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site has a sidebar with a link to ‘2012-2013 21stCCLC Guidelines,’ which is in fact an inactive RFP.

 

Florida:

The Florida SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Grants and RFPs’ site presents several links to RFPs, but those for MSP and 21stCCLC are not among them. Its Site Index scroll-down menu includes no entries for ‘RFP,’ ‘applications,’ ‘grants,’ or similar terms. The SDE’s ‘Office of Grants Management’ page has no links to MSP. Its link to ‘21stCCLC’ leads off-site to the US Department of Education. The SDE does post a separate searchable database of active and archived links to RFPs for programs related to Career and Technical Education.

 

Georgia:

The Georgia SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs and no archives of RFPs. Its ‘Federal Programs’ site includes links to specific programs that may or may not offer RFPs; it includes no links to MSP or to active or archived RFPs for MSP. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site includes a link to an active ‘Request for Application’ (or RFA, which means the same as RFP). The state’s Office of Adult Education site posts active and archived ‘Requests for Application’ related to adult education.

 

Louisiana:

The Louisiana SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs and no archive of RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Grants Management’ site presents no discernible grant opportunity information as of the search date. Its ‘Federal Grants’ site gives an overview of Federal (‘Title’) education programs, but no inks to program sites and no RFPs for 21stCCLC, MSP, or other programs.

 

The state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) posts information about a state grant program, but not an RFP. The site indicates: ”The agencies administering [them] have their own system for funding as well as identifying and notifying participants. Eligible public/nonpublic districts or independent public/nonpublic schools apply directly to these agencies for program guidelines and funding methods.”

 

Mississippi:

The Mississippi SDE has a consolidated site for RFPs, but it does not list most RFPs. Its ‘Federal Programs’ site lists 21stCCLC, among other programs, but it presents no link for Title II B (MSP) or its active or archived RFPs. The 21stCCLC program site includes an archived FY2012 RFP. Neither the SDE site’s ‘Mathematics’ page nor its ‘Science’ page lists or has a link to MSP or its active or archived RFPs.

 

North Carolina:

The North Carolina SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Program Area’ pull-down menu has links to discrete Federal programs, including a 21stCCLC program site, which has a link for an active RFP. The pull-down menu presents no links to ‘applications,’ ‘grants,’ ‘requests for proposals,’ or similar terms. An archived FY2012 RFP for MSP is found at another site entirely; it is off-site from a link on its ‘Science’ curriculum page, but not from any links on its ‘Mathematics’ curriculum page.

 

South Carolina:

The South Carolina SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs, but It has no archives of RFPs. Its ‘Grant Programs Administered by SCDE’ page has RFPs for 21stCCLC and MSP. A sidebar on the ’21stCCLC Program’ page has a link to an active RFP. The SDE’s ‘STEM’ page has links to an archived FY2013 MSP RFP and to earlier MSP RFPs. A ‘Current Grant Announcements’ page separately lists columns of federal and foundation grant opportunities, but not state-origin or state-administered grant opportunities. The links lead off-site.

 

Tennessee:

The Tennessee SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its ‘Grant Opportunities’ site posts one RFP and has no links to archived RFPs. Its ‘A to Z Index’ has a link to 21stCCLC, but no active or archived RFP on its program page. The index has no entries for ‘applications,’ or ‘grants,’ or ‘RFP’. The SDE’s ‘Federal Programs’ page has no links to ‘mathematics’ or ‘science’ or ‘MSP’.

 

Virginia:

The Virginia SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs, but links to RFPs for specific Federal programs are located elsewhere; the site does not archive RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Federal Programs’ ‘Federal Programs’ page has a sidebar link for ‘ESEA,’ which leads in turn to a sidebar link for a ‘Title II Part B (Mathematics and Science Partnerships)’ program page, but no active or archived RFPs for MSP. The same ‘ESEA’ sidebar also has a sidebar link that leads to a ‘Title IV Part B (21stCCLC)’ program page with an active FY2013 21stCCLC RFP. The same ‘Federal Programs’ site also features a sidebar link to a long list of formula grant applications.

 

Note:

The FY2013 Federal budget no longer funds grant competitions under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology); thus, this program is absent from discussions in this series.

 

 

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