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Request for Proposal on Networks for School Improvement



Application: Request for Proposal on Networks for School Improvement

Open Date: January 08, 2018 (5pm PST)

Applications Due: February 21, 2018 (5pm PST)


Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, and that all students—especially Black, Latino, and low-income students—must have equal access to a great public education that prepares them for adulthood, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is excited to announce this Request for Proposal (RFP) to fund Networks for School Improvement (NSI).

An NSI is a group of secondary schools working in partnership with an Intermediary organization to use a continuous improvement process to significantly increase the number of Black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to earn a credential with labor-market value. Secondary school teams work collaboratively to identify, test, and refine solutions that target a problem and reach an aim common across the network. An NSI’s aim is to improve outcomes that are predictive of high school graduation and postsecondary success.

Over the next several years, the foundation intends to release multiple RFPs for applications to lead NSIs. This is the first of those opportunities, and we are soliciting applications only from Intermediaries at this stage. Grants will be made directly to Intermediaries.

Please visit the K-12 Education site to learn more.


  • January 8, 2018: RFP opens
  • January 17, 2018: Prospective applicant webinar 1 (public—recorded live)
  • January 26, 2018: Prospective applicant webinar 2 (public—recorded live)
  • February 21, 2018: RFP closes at 5pm PST
  • February 22—March 16, 2018: Initial screening of applications
  • March 16, 2018: K-12 Team confirms the review timeline
  • Late March/Early April 2018: Round 1 interviews (video conference)
  • Late April/Early May 2018: Round 2 site visits
  • Late May/Early June 2018: Applicants complete detailed grant proposal
  • August 1, 2018: Final funding recommendations

How to Apply

To apply:

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NSIs are one initiative of the foundation’s US education work. We encourage you to explore other components of the K-12 U.S. education strategy.

Please contact with any questions.


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