Grant Resources & Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

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Request for Proposals (RFP)

Requests for Proposals with open submission dates:

1. Adult Basic and Literacy Education RFPs

Background and Purpose: To administer Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) instruction at an Ohio public library that currently provides remedial coursework instruction for postsecondary students. The applicant agrees to provide a basic educational instructional program for adults under the authority of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, Title II of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity  Act of 2014 as amended, and in accordance with the Chancellor’s guidelines.

ABLE services are provided at no cost to individuals participating in the program.  ABLE provides services including: basic math, reading and writing skills; Adult Secondary Education/GED preparation; English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); transition services – including employment and post-secondary; life skills, employability skills, and computer literacy; family literacy – enriching the parental role of adult learners; workplace literacy – education services offered in collaboration with business, industry, government, and/or labor to increase the productivity of the workforce through improved literacy skills; corrections education – a partnership with a jail, detention center, community-based rehabilitation center, or other similar institution; and distance education.

  • Download the RFP (Word)
  • Request for Proposals Released: September 24, 2015
  • Proposals Due: October 19, 2015 by 12:00 p.m.
  • Proposal Review Period: October 22-30, 2015
  • Notification of Awarded Proposals: November 4, 2015


2. Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program

The Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program is funded under the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 (Title II, Part A of Public Law 107-110). The purpose of the program is to increase the academic achievement of all students by helping schools and school districts improve teacher, instructional paraprofessional and principal quality. Through the program, state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) receive funds on a formula basis, as does the state agency for higher education (SAHE) which, in Ohio, is the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE). The SAHE awards competitive grants to public and private colleges and universities to form partnerships comprised of, at a minimum, schools of education and arts and sciences, along with a high-need LEA. The program will support sustained and intensive high-quality Mathematics, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)-related and other professional development to ensure that teachers provide challenging learning
experiences for their students. Inclusion of a language literacy component to the professional development design is encouraged.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education expects to have available approximately $2.4 million in federal fiscal year 2015 funds to support the Improving Teacher Quality Program. These funds will be awarded to colleges and universities under a competitive grant proposal process that focuses on Mathematics, Science, and other education programs operating between January 20, 2016 and May 31, 2017.


3. 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 (


4. The Ohio Higher Education Changing Campus Culture 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.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will award funds from the Changing Campus Culture (CCC) program to change the culture on campuses throughout the state of Ohio with regards to sexual violence prevention and response.  The department is seeking projects that draw upon the best practices laid out in the Changing Campus Culture report or that develop innovative best practices with the potential to be expanded across Ohio’s campuses. Collaborations between campuses are highly encouraged.

  • Download RFP (Word)
  • Request for Proposals Released: January 11, 2016
  • Proposals Due: February 22, 2016 by 12:00 p.m.
  • Proposal Review Period: February 23 – March 11, 2016
  • Notification of Awarded Proposals: March 18, 2016
  • Click here for FAQs (PDF)
  • Contact for inquiries regarding submission requirements, information requested and/or application clarification: Kerry Soller (


Requests for Proposals with closed submission dates (pending award):

1. College Readiness & Access: Early High Schools RFPs

Purpose: To support educational attainment for students by providing funding to institutions that support early college high school initiatives. The Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents will offer a grant opportunity for institutions to receive funding to advance and accelerate college readiness attainment and provide access to early postsecondary learning opportunities for students. Institutions participating in the initiative strive to remove academic and financial hurdles that prevent students from entering and succeeding in college.

  • Download the RFP (PDF)
  • RFP Questions (PDF)
  • Deadline for proposal submission: Noon on February 10, 2014
  • Notification of proposals for funding: March 2014
  • Bidders Conference for Interested Parties: February 10, 2014 (Click here for full info)
  • Proposals Due: 12:00 p.m. February 28, 2014
  • Proposal Review Period: February 28‐ March 21, 2014
  • Notification of Awarded Proposals: April 2014
  • Contact: David Cannon (


2. Small Campus Targeted Workforce Development Expansion Request for Proposals

Purpose: The Ohio Board of Regents released the Small Campus Targeted Workforce Development Expansion Request for Proposals (RFP) on May 21, 2014 with proposals due on July 1, 2014.  The agency is seeking high-quality, focused proposals designed to address the critical needs of the institution, including but not limited to workforce projects, student success and completion initiatives, major renovation and expansion projects, new buildings, maintenance, and safety-related issues. The grant money will be awarded to purchase equipment and/or improve facilities to support critical needs at the eligible institutions. The RFP encourages partnerships and collaboration with the broader community and industry.  The RFP provides the Board of Regents with $16 million in spending authority toward this effort. The capital funds for this program are available to eligible institutions in accordance with Section 207.10 of House Bill 497


3. Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS) 

Purpose: The Ohio Board of Regents (OBOR) will make strategic investments in each of the six JobsOhio regions for cooperative education and internship programs to develop and support business and postsecondary workforce development initiatives. The investments will actively support the ability of the state of Ohio to retain and expand existing businesses, attract new investment and talent, and further entrepreneurship. The Board of Regents will allocate and award $2,000,000 to consortia of existing and new Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops post-secondary institutions and their partners. The goal is to connect student co-ops and interns with In-Demand occupations at private companies and organizations within regionally targeted industries. Institutional consortia will collaborate with businesses to identify co-op/intern opportunities to help address skill gaps and occupational shortfalls using innovative design and implementation. The $2,000,000 is to be disbursed by the Ohio Board of Regents before June 30, 2015 with an allocation of $333,333 per region. Each region will identify a regional fiscal agent (must be public college or university) to lead the administration of the grant. Indirect costs will be capped at 8% of the regional allocation.


4. Evaluation of the 401(a) and/or 403(b) Providers

Purpose: The Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents 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 to designate these entities as vendors, the Chancellor must accept and review applications. The Chancellor is seeking a consultant to assist with the creation of the vendor application, review of the applications submitted by entities that desire to offer alternative retirement plans and a recommendation for vendor selection. The award of this RFP will result in a contract with the Chancellor through June 30, 2015. In addition, some of the four year public universities (Inter University Council (IUC)) in Ohio seek a consultant to assist with a review and evaluation of current providers/brokers and a recommendation for provider/broker selection under the 403(b) plan, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 9.90. A recommendation for suggested items to review should be included in the response. Potentially, one vendor could be selected for the ARP and 403(b) work, however a selection by the Chancellor is not guaranteed of work with the IUC. The award of this RFP may result in a contract with all or a portion of the IUC member institutions, individual contracts or term rates. Each institution may also individually contract for additional analysis or consultation. 


Recent awards:


1. Workforce Development and Facility Request for Proposals

Purpose: To support education and skill training of students and/or incumbent workers to meet the current and future talent needs of emerging and high demand industries through investments in capital equipment and facilities. The proposed equipment purchases and facility improvements will directly impact the capacity and capability of the applicant(s) to serve students and regional businesses. The RFP provides approximately $2.9 million in spending authority for the Board of Regents to this effort. The capital funds for this program are available to state-supported and state-assisted institutions of higher education as defined in Ohio Revised Code sections 151.01 and 151.04. The eligible lead applicants for a proposal are public universities and community colleges.


2. Ohio Means Internships & Co-ops

An investment of state dollars to make co-op and internship programs sustainable and relevant to the needs of students and businesses.

Click here for more information on the last grant cycle.


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