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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 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.

 

 

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