Grant Resources & Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

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Request for Proposals (RFP)

The following list contains Requests for Proposals (RFP)  that are administered by the Ohio Department of Higher Education and are in process/active. For information about closed RFPs from previous years, go here. 


1. Evaluation of the Current and Potential 401(a) Alternative Retirement Plan Vendors

Purpose: Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3305.03 (“Code”), the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, known effective September 29, 2015 as the Ohio Department of Higher Education, collectively referred to herein as the Ohio Department of Higher Education (“ODHE”) is responsible for designating the entities that are eligible to provide investment options under alternative retirement plans maintained by public institutions of higher education. In order for current or new vendors to be deemed eligible, the entity must complete an application to demonstrate they can meet certain requirements set forth in the Code.

In order to fulfill the duties and responsibilities outlined under the Code, the ODHE is conducting a review process of all entities currently providing the investment options to the 401(a) Alternate Retirement Plan and evaluating any potential new entities that submit an application. It is important to note that all entities providing these services today must complete the application process to be evaluated and have their designations renewed. Failure to complete the application process may result in the rescinding of the entity’s designation moving forward.

Once the ODHE has concluded the approval process, the universities may contract with any or all of the approved vendors. The universities will offer individual agreements at their choosing.

  • Download the Application (Word)
  • Investment Details (Excel)
  • Request for Proposal Released: November 2, 2015
  • Deadline for vendors to submit questions: December 2, 2015
  • Formal response to questions (PDF): Posted on December 9, 2015
  • Proposals Due: January 8, 2016
  • University Comment Period (click here for comment form): February 1 - March 2, 2016
  • Award Decisions: Spring 2016
  • Contacts:
    • Contact for inquiries regarding submission requirements, information requested and/or application clarification: David Swallow (
    • If there are any other inquiries not related to the requested materials and application process these should be directed to Michelle Chavanne, General Counsel, Ohio Department of Higher Education (



2. OhioMeansJobs Workforce Development Revolving Loan Program

Purpose: To promote and encourage Ohio’s workforce development and job growth through educational training and retraining in programs related to employment opportunities in growing fields. Institutions must qualify as eligible institutions, and their respective workforce training and education programs must be approved by the Chancellor in order for students in those programs to be eligible for loans under the Loan Program. The funds awarded to institutions will be disbursed in the form of loans to borrowers (students enrolled in approved workforce training programs at participating institutions). Proposals must demonstrate that completion of the workforce training program will directly impact the ability of borrowers to advance their career and education.


3. Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA)

Purpose: This Request for Proposal (RFP) is being issued from the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) which, through a shared cooperative agreement with the United States Small Business Administration (SBA), serves as host to the SBDC State Lead Center for Ohio. This RFP is intended to identify local partners to participate in the delivery of SBDC services to Ohio small businesses and nascent entrepreneurs allowing them to start and grow businesses, create jobs, increase sales and gain capital and investment.  The goal of this RPF is to utilize a competitive process to leverage resources and partnerships in a manner that will ensure the greatest outcomes for the small business community in Ohio while ensuring accountability, transparency and impact for the state and federal taxpayer dollars used to fund the program. It is the goal of ODSA to regularly issue competitive RPFs for the SBDC program to ensure innovative services, exceptional customer service, and maximum economic impact for the state while ensuring the highest levels of accountability for taxpayer dollars.



4. The Ohio Higher Education Transforming Campus Climate Program

Background and Purpose: Changing the culture on Ohio’s campuses, public and private, is a complex and challenging undertaking, but is critical in ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for learning and development.  Campuses need to have the ability to implement comprehensive and coordinated initiatives that support the strategies set forth in the Changing Campus Culture report using their climate survey data

Through the Ohio Higher Education Transforming Campus Climate Grant Program, Ohio’s Department of Higher Education (ODHE) seeks proposals from colleges and universities that demonstrate effective practices developed in response to climate survey data.  Proposed programs for the Transforming Campus Climate grants will seek to provide support to higher education institutions as they work to implement best practices to address sexual violence on their campuses, and develop effective practices with the potential to be expanded across Ohio’s campuses.

  • Click here to download the proposal 
  • Response to Questions
  • Request for Proposal Released: July 25, 2016
  • Online information session: August 9th and 10th
  • Proposals Due by 12:00 p.m.: August 22, 2016
  • Proposal Review Period: August 23 – September 21, 2016
  • Notification of Awards: October 5, 2016


Request for Information (RFI)


None at this time.