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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 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.

 

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