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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 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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