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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 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.

 

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