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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 Connecticut (CT), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), Rhode Island (RI,) and Vermont (VT). It is the first in a series. 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 and Washington, DC.

 

State Education RFP Databases: New England:

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

Connecticut

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Maine

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Massachusetts

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

New Hampshire

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rhode Island

No

No

No

No

No

Vermont

No

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

 

Connecticut:

The Connecticut SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The site presents links for active RFP. It also provides links to collections of RFP archives, which go back to 2005.

 

There are no active FY2013 RFPs for either 21stCCLC or MSP. A link to a recently closed 21stCCLC RFP is located in the FY2012 RFP archive site. There is no archived FY2012 MSP RFP.

 

Maine:

Maine state government has a multi-agency consolidated RFP site. The solicitations listed on it do not link to actual RFP documents; instead, potential bidders must contact the RFP Coordinator cited within each notification. The site lists an active MSP RFP; it does not list a 21stCCLC RFP. The site does not archive closed RFPs.

 

The Maine SDE site’s A-Z Index has a link for ‘Grants’. Its link for 21stCCLC leads to a program RFP. The A-Z Index does not list the MSP program. In addition, MSP is not listed as a further link on the A-Z Index’s ‘Mathematics’ link. The Maine SDE’s ‘Grants and Funding Opportunities’ (or ‘Grantlist’) site lacks a consolidated list of education-related RFPs; however, it does give links to multiple private grant opportunities.

 

Massachusetts:

The Massachusetts SDE has a consolidated ‘Grants’ site for state/federal RFPs. It is searchable by fund code, program name, date posted, and date due. It also has links to active RFPs. The 21stCCLC RFP is listed on it.

 

The SDE’s ‘Pastgrants’ site archives links to closed FY2013 RFPs for competitive, continuation, and non-competitive grants. The FY2013 Title IIB MSP RFP is listed on it.

 

New Hampshire:

[The New Hampshire SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE site itself only lists active RFPs and has no link to archived RFPs; however, searches of entries in the site’s Subject Index yield more definitive results. Use of the site’s ‘Subject Index’ leads to a 21stCCLC program site and to an active RFP. Use of the site’s ‘Subject Index’ also leads to a ‘Math/Science Partnership’ program site and to a closed FY2011 RFP.

 

Rhode Island:

The newly revamped Rhode Island SDE website has a page for ‘Funding Sources’ but none for state/federal RFPs. User searches for ‘grants’, ‘rfp,’ ‘requests for proposals,’ or ‘RFP 2013’ do not turn up any active and/or recent RFPs. There is no RFP archive. There are no links to state/federal programs that solicit competitive grant proposals, such as 21stCCLC and MSP.

 

Vermont:

The Vermont SDE does not have a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE’s site for Federal programs has no direct links to RFPs and provides no lists of RFPs for active or archived grant opportunities. The SDE site’s ‘Index A-Z’ has no link for ‘grants’ or ‘request for proposals’ or ‘RFP’. The SDE’s individual Federal program pages do provide links to active FY2013 RFPs for 21stCCLC and for MSP.

 

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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