Grant Resources & Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

Grant Opportunities - The place to go to find and apply for federal grants. Use the links below to search by agency.

ODHE is pleased to announce that application materials for the higher education CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) are now available. Please visit The Ohio Grants Partnership website for complete information.


Requests 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. Choose Ohio First (FY 2021)

  • RFP Release: September 24, 2020
  • The proposals submission window closed on December 9, 2020.
  • Please see this page for more information.

2. STEM Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program

3. Aspire FY2021 Competitive Grant

The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Aspire Adult Workforce Readiness Education program is accepting applications from eligible providers to implement and improve adult education and literacy activities within the state. 

The Aspire Grant Application is now available on the Aspire Grants webpage.

Aspire programs assist adults in developing literacy skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency; obtaining educational skills necessary to become full partners in the educational development of their children; and achieving the educational skills necessary for completion of a secondary level of education. This funding is made available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II, Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA).

Grant opportunities include: 

  1. Aspire Instructional, WIOA Section 231
  2. Corrections Education & Other Institutionalized Individuals, WIOA Section 225 
  3. Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education (IELCE), WIOA Section 243

Applicants may apply for one of the above or any combination of grant opportunities. The deadline for applying for the three-year grant(s) is 5:00 PM EST on March 31, 2021.

Timeline for the RFP:

  • RFP Issued: 2/1/21
  • Recorded Informational Webinar Posted: 2/12/21
  • Deadline for Accepting Grant Questions: 3/5/21
  • RFP/Grant(s) Application Submission Deadline: 3/31/21
  • Award Notifications Issued: 6/4/21

The Aspire Grants Guidance and other grant resources are available at this page.

All questions must be sent to Responses will be posted on the grants page of the ODHE website. 


4. Evaluation – Data Synthesis and Action Plan Development

Summary: The Chancellor is seeking proposals from qualified vendor(s) and will review proposed model support services to implement campus power and gender-based violence prevention and response strategies. The above recommendation will be the basis for future campus-based strategies, or initiatives, needed by Ohio’s higher education institutions to effectively implement the remaining recommendations of the Changing Campus Culture report.


  • RFP release date pdfpdf - March 8, 2021
  • Questions due by 12 p.m. March 15, 2021
  • Bidders call at 11:00 a.m. March 18, 2021 (CANCELLED DUE TO NO QUESTIONS BEING SUBMITTED)
  • Proposals Due by 12 p.m. April 9, 2021
  • Review, score, and select vendor(s) - April 12th – May 7th, 2021


5. Regionally Aligned Priorities in Delivering Skills (RAPIDS)

Purpose: The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) will make strategic regional investments in equipment and facilities to develop and support postsecondary institutions’ workforce development projects that enhance the economic growth of students and businesses. The investments will directly impact the ability of the state of Ohio to retain and expand existing businesses, attract new enterprises, and further entrepreneurship by addressing regional talent and workforce needs. These regional investments (in a total of seven regions – map available here) will address regionally identified industry-specific occupation and skill requirements.


6. Evaluation - Campus Climate Survey Support

Overview and Scope: The State of Ohio is committed to changing the culture on Ohio’s campuses, public and private, in regard to preventing and responding to power and gender-based violence. To support a safer campus environment for all of Ohio’s students, the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) encourages immediate and thoughtful action to help prevent the occurrence of terrible crimes and ultimately support every college and university’s aim to provide an excellent and safe learning environment for students through the collection of climate survey data. With the goal of ending and preventing power and gender-based violence on Ohio’s campuses, the Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education is issuing this RFP for consultative services and technical assistance to support campus leaders in implementing the following recommendation found in the Changing Campus Culture report.


  • RFP release date pdfpdf - March 24, 2021
  • Questions due by 12 p.m. - April 2, 2021
  • Bidders call at 12 p.m. - April 7, 2021  (CANCELLED DUE TO NO QUESTIONS BEING SUBMITTED)
  • Proposals Due by 12 p.m. - April 23, 2021
  • Review, score, and select vendor(s) - April 26 – May 28, 2021

Requests for Information (RFI)


1. Provider Partnership to Build a Pay for Success (PFS) Project that Funds College Access and Success Coaching for Recipients of the Ohio National Guard Scholarship

Overview: The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) requests information from college access and success service providers to contribute relevant experiences, information, and ideas to inform the development of a new Pay for Success (PFS) initiative serving recipients of the Ohio National Guard Scholarship. The ODHE staff will evaluate all RFI submissions on respondents’ capacity to participate in the proposed PFS initiative. Before approving programs through the RFI process, the ODHE team may consult the Ohio Adjutant General's Department, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Treasurer’s Office.

Important Dates:

  • RFI Issuance: November 2, 2020 [
  • Responses Due: Monday, November 16, 2020; 5:00pm EST


Requests for Quotes (RFQ)


1. Online Program Approval Software System [

The Ohio Department of Higher Education requests quotes for a state-level academic program review software system.


2. Adult Education Data Management System [

Estimated Schedule:

  • RFQ Release: April 13, 2020
  • RFQ Deadline: May 15, 2020
  • Evaluation of Responses: June 22, 2020
  • Anticipated Award Date: TBD
  • Anticipated Full Implementation: July 31, 2021