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This post is the last in a series. It covers locating requests for proposals (RFPs) for K-12 Education grants on state department of education (SDE) websites for all 50 states in the United States of America. Earlier posts have covered the SDEs for the individual states organized into seven regions: New England, Mid Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, Great Plains, Northwest, and Southwest.

 

SDE websites varied greatly in how they handled information about grant opportunities and RFPs for K-12 Education. Some SDE websites proved to be much more accessible to the public, much more informative, and much easier to navigate than others.

 

Overview of Access to SDE RFPs:

In the table below is an overview of the results of exploring the 50 states’ websites in terms of: (1) consolidation of posting of RFPs; (2) access to active RFPs; (3) access to archived RFPs; (4) access to RFPs for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21stCCLC) grants; and (5) access to RFPs for Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) grants.

 

 

Consolidated RFP

Active RFP

Archived RFP

21stCCLC RFP

MSP RFP

 

Yes

Partial

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

New England

3

1

2

5

1

3

3

5

1

4

2

Mid Atlantic

4

0

2

5

1

2

4

6

0

3

3

Southeast

1

2

7

5

5

3

7

6

4

2

8

Midwest

1

1

3

4

1

3

2

5

0

4

1

Great Plains

1

0

8

7

2

4

5

6

3

5

4

Northwest

1

0

5

6

0

3

3

5

1

4

2

Southwest

3

3

2

6

2

2

6

5

3

4

4

TOTALS

14

7

29

38

12

20

30

38

12

26

24

 

Consolidated Education RFPs:

In the table, ‘Consolidated’ means that RFPs are located all in one place; it is easy to find both active and archived RFPs on one site; and the site is searchable in varied ways (e.g., by fund code, program name, date posted, date due, and grant type).

 

Results for SDE RFP access consolidation were that 14 (or 28%) were consolidated, 7 (or 14%) were partially consolidated, and 29 (or 58%) were not consolidated. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that consolidated access to RFPs were Mid Atlantic, New England, and Southwest.

 

Active Education RFPs:

In the table, ‘Active’ refers to grant competitions that were open for which an SDE was soliciting applications at the time of the search (or had done so very recently). If grant seekers could easily find and access active RFPs, they could respond to them more readily.

 

Results for exploring access to Active RFPs were that 38 (or 76%) of the SDE sites did post active (or recently closed) RFPs, and 12 of them (or 24%) did not. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted active RFPs were Northwest, New England, Mid Atlantic, and Midwest.

 

Archived Education RFPs:

In the table, ‘Archived’ refers to competitions that were closed, but for which past applications were available at the time of the search. Access to Archived RFPs could help potential applicants to plan for future ‘Active’ proposals.

 

Results for exploring access to Archived RFPs were that 20 (or 40%) of the SDE sites did post archived, and 30 (or 60%) did not. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted archived RFPs were Midwest, New England, and Northwest.

 

21stCCLC RFPs:

In the table, the term ‘21stCCLC RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, federal-origin educational grants program, 21st Century Community Leaning Centers (21stCCLC).

 

Results for exploring access to 21stCCLC RFPs were that 38 (or 76%) of the SDE sites did post RFPs for 21stCCLC, and 12 (or 24%) did not. The 21stCCLC RFP was used merely as a test for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted RFPs for 21stCCLC were Mid Atlantic, Midwest, New England, and Northwest.

 

MSP RFPs:

In the table, the term ‘MSP RFP’ refers to the RFP for the state-administered, federal-origin educational grants program, Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP).

 

Results for exploring access to MSP RFPs were that 26 (or 52%) of the SDE sites did post RFPs for MSP, and 24 (or 48%) did not. The ‘MSP RFP’ was used merely as a second test for gauging the ease of locating RFPs on SDE websites. The regions where searchers were most likely to find SDEs that posted RFPs for MSP were Midwest, New England, and Northwest.

 

Observations:

Among SDE sites that made it comparatively easier to find RFPs were California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Texas, and Washington. By contrast, among SDE sites that made it comparatively harder to find RFPs were Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Utah. Finally, among SDEs that appeared to limit public access to RFPs were Montana and Pennsylvania.

 

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One Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing!! This is great information for grant writers who are looking for education grants!


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