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COMING SOON: RFPMatch ONDemand, Your Resource for All Things Funding

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Potential can be fleeting. Take, for example, this blossom. It looks like a small, unassuming bud to most. But the mason bee knows—with the right ingredients and proper nurturing—that it has the potential to become a beautiful, juicy apple next fall.  

Does your company have the right tools to help your business bloom to its full potential? Could your company benefit from an infusion of nurturing ingredients?  We’ve got some great news: RFPMatch.com is launching an exciting new site to provide education providers with actionable, revolutionary data.

RFPMatch OnDemand is a new subscription service that provides funding trends, insights and actions, and grant opportunities that empower you to sell faster, market more efficiently, and deliver the best solutions to schools and districts.

We offer a limited number of free resources to everyone who registers, and a trove of rich resources for paid subscribers. Within the site, you can find funding data by state, by core business competencies, interest areas, and more.  

Need guidance on which grants align to your products and services? We’ve got you covered. Need help understanding the federal funds trends on the horizon and how they impact your key states? We’ll show you. The site is designed to be your go-to resource for all things funding in the education sector.

We’re excited to share a sneak peek of the site with you.  

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As a registered member, you’ll have access to thousands of dollars of grant opportunities, as well as regularly updated Funding Trends.

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In addition, you’ll have access to downloadable resources on a wide variety of topics.

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The site will be launching soon. Don’t miss the opportunity to help your company reach its full potential. Follow us on Twitter to make sure you’re notified when the site goes live.


Omnibus Spending Bill: Winners & Opportunities

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March 26, 2018

 Did you hear the collective sigh of relief from education advocates last Friday? We did, too. The federal Omnibus spending bill, passed by Congress and then signed by the President on Friday, includes an overall increase of $3.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Education.  This is good news, following months of speculation over potential cuts from the President’s budget proposal.

Now, states and districts can confidently move forward with plans. And providers of education solutions should also be moving forward. Are you wondering where to begin? Let’s break down the budget winners and the opportunities for the education market.   

THE WINNERS

TITLE IV
Omnibus Winner: Title IV Student Support & Academic Enrichment block grants receive an increase of $700 million, bringing the total to $1.1 billion.

The Opportunity: Do your solutions align with school safety, social-emotional learning, educational technology, arts, physical education, or humanities? If so, now is the time to find out how states are planning to divvy up these funds. At least 20% must be spent on a well-rounded education, at least 20% on school safety, and the remaining funds (up to 60%) can be spent the effective implementation of technology.

TITLE I
Omnibus Winner: Title I funds for underserved students receive a $300 million boost.

The Opportunity: Do your solutions support successful academic interventions or instruction and curriculum to support core academic subjects such as literacy and mathematics? Title I funds offer struggling students the opportunity to reach academic benchmarks.  States and districts are building their Title I plans; now is the time for conversations with education partners to learn how your solutions fit into their needs and goals. Remember, funds previously earmarked in a separate bucket for School Improvement are now part of the general Title I funding stream.

IDEA
Omnibus Winner: IDEA receives $275 million more to support students with special needs.

The Opportunity: Do you provide services that can help make education more accessible for students with special needs? If so, schedule meetings with key districts and schools to learn how your solutions or services can help make students’ educational experiences as equitable, successful, and accessible as possible.

 

CTE STATE GRANTS
Omnibus Winner: Career & Technical Education (CTE) Perkins State grants receive a $75 million increase to support CTE programs, mentoring, apprenticeships, and more.

The Opportunity: If you offer services that support CTE, vocational education, and industry career pathways, this boost in funding can open new doors. Schedule meetings with state and local CTE directors to determine how your solutions align to their state plans and pathways.

 

21st CENTURY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTERS
Omnibus Winner: The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program receives a $20 million increase to support after school and extended learning opportunities.

The Opportunity: This program was recommended for elimination by the President’s budget. The continuation and increase in funding signals strong support for extended learning, such as before and after school academic programs and summer learning programs. If your solutions can be offered through extended learning windows, now is the time to meet with state and local leaders of 21st Century Community Learning Centers to make sure your offerings are part of their plans. Remember, each state holds its own grant application competition for these grants and application cycles vary.

THE BOTTOMLINE
The Omnibus Spending bill signals a time of growth and investment for U.S. education. Is your company poised to be a part of the solution? If you need help connecting the dots between education funding and your solutions, RFPMatch.com is here to serve as your virtual assistant and to help you access the funds you need. Reach out to us today.


Everything You Need to Know About the New Title IV Block Grant

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Changes on the Horizon for School Improvement

School improvement funding has undergone a major overhaul, courtesy of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) education law. The changes, which will be rolled out in the fall of 2017, are expected to bring greater flexibility to states and districts as they strive to turnaround low-performing schools. But, the modifications also have funding implications that impact schools and providers alike.

Let’s start with a quick re-cap. Previously, funds for school improvement were awarded via formula to states as a separate pool of funds called the School Improvement Grants (SIG), under a sub-set of Title I called Section 1003(g). Each state then distributed the SIG funds to the lowest-performing schools through a competitive process. But SIG schools had to agree to use the funds to implement one of several specific intervention models. And, there was a cap on the amount of funding a single district could receive—regardless of how many low-performing schools were within its borders.

Now, under ESSA, school improvement no longer has its own separate funding authorization. Instead, states are required to reserve 7% of their general Title I funds for school improvement activities. Furthermore, the federally-prescribed intervention models are no longer mandated, giving states and districts the flexibility to work together to implement programs that meet the unique needs of each low-performing school. Finally, the annual per-district funding cap is gone. 

These changes are important to follow because the sum of school improvement funding in the United States each year is over $1 billion—a sizeable pot of money.

More Flexibility in Methods & More Funding for Lowest-Performing Districts

Under ESSA, each state will determine how to competitively dole out its share of funds—and the parameters around how those funds will be used. Expect to see wide variations in this process from state to state.

Also, because there is no longer a cap on the amount of funding that can be awarded to school districts, expect to see increases in school improvement funding in districts with high numbers of low-performing schools. This will be a state-by-state decision, but could significantly impact school improvement distributions in many regions.

Listed below are examples of how several states are rolling out new school improvement plans.

Nevada: More Districts and Vendors Implementing Improvement Activities  

In Nevada, the ESSA-related shift means more districts will receive improvement funds and more vendors will participate in improvement activities. Nevada has more than doubled the number of districts receiving funding for school improvement activities. In the previous SIG funding cycle, only five districts received funds. But starting in the summer of 2017, there are 11 districts that have been awarded funds through a competitive grant cycle for school improvement. During the application process, the state also held match-making events to pair vetted non-profit organizations with districts. In the past, one sole nonprofit worked with all five Nevada school improvement districts. Now, there are 10 providers working with various districts.

New York: Focus on Tried-and-true Strategies & Diversity

New York intends to identify a select number of school-improvement strategies to offer to low-performing schools. Data from the state’s current work with the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative is expected to influence the chosen strategies. The state has also committed to using a portion of its Title I school improvement funds on activities that increase diversity and reduce racial/ethnic and socio-economic isolation in schools.

Washington: Formula Distribution & Flexible Interventions

As outlined in the state’s draft ESSA plan, Washington will distribute school improvement funds via formula to schools identified for comprehensive or targeted support. The intent is to offer funding to implement interventions to meet the unique needs and characteristics of each school.

Want to know more?

RFPMatch.com offers customized insight into school improvement. Contact us today to learn more about how these changes could impact your key states and partner districts.


Press Release - March 27, 2017

CONTACT
Dr. Paula Love
President of RFPMatch.com
paula@rfpmatch.com
800-766-8002
Twitter: @RFPDoctor & @GrantsBuzz
www.RFPMatch.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RFPMatch.com acquires education funding service GrantsAlert.com
NEWTON, N.C.—March 16, 2017—RFPMatch.com is pleased to announce the acquisition of GrantsAlert.com, a free service offering up-to-date information about education funding opportunities. This acquisition brings together the two top education funding matchmakers to deliver the best available knowledge and insight to the education community and the sector that serves it.

“We look forward to working with and supporting the educators who rely on GrantsAlert.com,” Dr. Paula Love, President of RFPMatch.com, said. “My team is excited to offer this powerful tool for America’s educators and workforce development folks who need information and guidance.”

GrantsAlert.com, founded by Joe Mizereck in 1996, has helped thousands of K-12 teachers and schools find funding to enrich classroom learning. The site offers free up-to-date alerts on corporate, foundation, state, and federal education funding opportunities.

“I cannot wait to watch all this unfold and know that I am making a great decision in handing my business over to Dr. Love,” Mizereck said. “She shares my passion to make a difference and to do good by helping others do good.”

Founded in 2005, RFPMatch.com delivers funding expertise and grant strategies to state and local educational agencies, institutions of higher education, and non-profit and for-profit education organizations. RFPMatch.com offers a comprehensive solution for locating and filtering grants and RFP opportunities, delivering the insight schools need to fund education needs and businesses need to grow. RFPMatch harnesses the power of deep web research technology and combines it with professional expertise to bring clients actionable funding insights specific to the education industry.

Together, the two services form an ideal team of funding matchmakers for the education community. GrantsAlert.com will continue to operate as a free grants service, sharing up-to-the-minute alerts on its website as www.grantalerts.com and on Twitter @GrantsBuzz. RFPMatch.com shares insights on funding news, trends, RFPs, and grants and is available for funding support services.


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