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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 Arizona (AZ), California (CA), Colorado (CO), Hawaii (HI), Nevada (NV), New Mexico (NM), Texas (TX), and Utah (UT). Earlier posts have covered 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: Southwest

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

Arizona

Partial

No

No

No

No

California

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Colorado

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Hawaii

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Nevada

No

Yes

No

No

Yes

New Mexico

Partial

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Texas

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Utah

No

No

No

Yes

No

 

Arizona: 

The Arizona SDE has a partially consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its primary grants-related site has links to some RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Application Downloads’ site lists some active and inactive RFPs (called ‘applications’) from FY2013, but none for 21stCCLC or MSP. Its ‘All Programs’ index page lists three ‘grant/funding opportunities;’ none of them is 21stCCLC or MSP. Its ‘federal programs’ index entry lists both 21stCCLC and MSP. The SDE’s ’21st Century Learning Centers’ site does not present any active or archived RFPs. Its ‘Mathematics and Science Partnership Program’ site notes that ‘applications’ are not ‘currently available’ for MSP; it provides no links to archived RFPs. Arizona’s ‘on-line applications’ link does not list active RFPs and requires users to be pre-registered.

 

California:

The California SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs, which is searchable for ‘available funding’ by topic, funding type, fiscal year, and key words. Users can use the site’s user-configurable Search boxes and select a span from an earlier fiscal year to the present fiscal year to retrieve a full listing. They can also search funding more broadly by fiscal year, type, status, topic, keyword(s), or any combination.

 

Searchers can find an active FY2013 RFP for the 21stCCLC program by searching the SDE site’s A-Z Topic Index for ‘after school,’ and then clicking through several links. They can find an archived RFP for the MSP program by searching the SDE site’s A-Z Topic Index for ‘science’ (not ‘mathematics’ or ‘partnerships’) and clicking thru several links.

 

Colorado:

The Colorado SDE has a partially consolidated site for state/federal RFPs for ‘PreK-12 Education Grants’. It offers links to internal and external sources of grants and grant-related resources, including links that lead ultimately to RFPs. Its list of links to ‘competitive grants’ includes 21stCCLC, among other programs, but not MSP. A separate page for ‘Competitive Grants and Awards’ lists links to 21stCCLC and MSP as well as other federal programs. There are no links to archived RFPs. The SDE’s 21stCCLC program site includes a sidebar sub-link to ’21stCCLC grant competitions’ and an active FY2013 RFP. Its ‘Mathematics and Science Partnerships’ program site includes an active FY2013 RFP.

 

Hawaii:

The Hawaii SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. It presents links to ‘Funding Opportunities’ as well as to an application portal, which requires users to be preregistered. On the ‘Funding Opportunities’ sidebar, a link leads to a vast list of public and private grant sources. No state opportunities appear in the search return when it is filtered as ‘State’. No archived or active RFPs for 21stCCLC or MSP appear when it is filtered as ‘Federal’.

 

Nevada:

The Nevada SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. The SDE’s ‘Hot Topics’ site has a link to an active FY2013 MSP RFP. Using the site’s Search box, searches for ‘RFP’ and ‘grants’ turn up only the MSP RFP. The SDE’s ‘Programs’ link on its ‘Educators’ pull-down list includes links to 21stCCLC and other federal programs, but none to MSP, and no links to active or archived RFPs.

 

New Mexico:

The New Mexico SDE has a partially consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. It puts active RFPs, RFAs, and RFIs all in one place and includes a link to an active FY2013 RFP for 21stCCLC and an active FY2013 RFP for MSP. New Mexico’s SDE site has no searchable A-Z Index link and no Search box features. There is no separate collection of archived RFPs.

 

Texas:

The Texas SDE has a consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. It includes active and archived RFPs. Searchers can configure searches by application name, program/subject area, posting status, funding type, application type, school year, availability date, and due date. A search configured as ‘confirmed’ ‘federal’ ‘2013-2014’ ‘discretionary competitive’ generates an active RFP for 21stCCLC and other programs. Unfortunately, variously configured searches for an RFP for MSP turn up no results.

 

Utah:

The Utah SDE has no consolidated site for state/federal RFPs. Its website has no links for ‘grants’ or ‘applications’ or ‘RFPs,’ no links to archived RFPs, and no list of active RFPs. The SDE’s A-Z Index presents no links for ‘grants,’ ‘RFPs,’ ‘applications,’ or similar entries. Site users must search the Federal program links for an announcement of a grant opportunity; the term ‘announcement’ indicates notice of an RFP. There is no federal program link for MSP or for an active or archived RFP for MSP. An active FY2013 RFP for the 21stCCLC program is available.

 

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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