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Learning RFP - Now Open!

AdobeStock_300795276.jpegCommunities Foundation of Texas will be offering grants this Fall as a part of a strategic effort to build ladders of economic mobility by vastly increasing the number of young adults who possess postsecondary degrees and credentials of value. As the community emerges from the pandemic, North Texas’ abundance of industry, educational, and nonprofit partners are well-positioned in this region to meet the learning and navigation needs of young adults in this moment of economic transition and opportunity.

Prior to March 2020, economists predicted that 60% of all new jobs would require a postsecondary credential by 2030. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reports that only 52% of high school graduates enroll at a Texas postsecondary institution the fall after they graduate. This translates into about 40,000 youth annually in the DFW Metroplex who are either not enrolling or delaying postsecondary education. Overall, 56% of young adults under age 34 do not have a postsecondary degree or credential. Many have some credits, but not a degree, with young children, jobs, and other life factors making it challenging to complete their education. These learners also often need support in how to navigate the constantly changing needs of employers, as well as determining which credentials will lead to long-term economic and career growth.

Communities Foundation of Texas is seeking applications from organizations and/or collaborations focused on helping North Texans under the age of 34 complete their higher education.

Higher education is defined as supporting the acquisition of a terminal degree from a 2- or 4-year institution or industry-recognized credential and promoting successful transitions from high school to postsecondary and/or work-based learning opportunities.

CFT also recognizes that the pandemic has had an impact on student learning and engagement, particularly for high school students. CFT is seeking applications from providers who target academic recovery and acceleration, with unique dollars available for literacy support for students with learning differences, engaging girls in STEM subjects, and supporting social-emotional wellbeing. Special consideration will be given to providers who deliver these services to high need middle and high school students.

How do I submit my proposal?

You can submit your proposal through our online submission form, here. We recommend using the downloadable version of the application when drafting your responses before uploading them into the online submission form, as there are limits to word counts for each question and the online form does not allow applicants to save work and return to it. Final answers must be submitted through the online application. Download the application here or under Resources on the right side of the page.

Submit Your online Proposal here 

Submissions are being accepted through Wednesday, June 30, at 5:00 pm.

Accessing the online form to submit your proposal:

  • Visit our online application portal:
  • Select “Create a New Account” (or Log On if you already have an account) and follow the prompts
  • To access the online form, select the green “Apply” link in the top left-hand corner
  • Read the summary of the opportunity, click the blue “Apply” button, fill out the online form, and then click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page

*See below for our funding priorities, eligibility requirements, virtual office hours, and a recording of our Learning RFP: Overview Webinar.

Funding Priorities

We are seeking applications from organizations and/or collaborations that provide services and programs in one of the following funding priority areas:

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Programs or collaborations that support paid work-based learning, apprenticeship, internship, and credentialing programs that place workers on a career ladder to a family-sustaining wage in a growth industry, including programs that also provide wraparound supports.  Applicants with existing employer relationships and a focus on recruiting and retaining underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged groups will be given preference. Applicants must show a track record of effective, data-driven practice.

Programs or collaborations that support degree and credential attainment for jobs of the future by promoting successful transitions from high school to postsecondary or work-based learning opportunities. This could also include programs focused on evidence-informed methods to improve teacher quality in key courses and years, the reduction of summer learning loss, student-centered navigation and/or the re-engagement of students in higher education for the purpose of receiving a terminal degree or industry-recognized credential.  Applicants must show a track record of effective, evidence-informed practice, and be able to demonstrate that they have access to young adults who need support to make successful transitions.

Programs that provide support for students and young adults in one or more of the following:

  • Support for students with learning differences/disabilities in overcoming barriers and building confidence and skills with reading. Preference will be given to programs that serve high school students impacted by the pandemic, and young adults participating in Adult Basic Education programs who are pursuing credentials.
  • Development of STEM skills that may have been negatively impacted by the pandemic and science career exploration opportunities for girls.
  • Building resilience and development of coping mechanisms for youth that may be experiencing mental health issues due to the disruptions to the school year, community, and family life because of the pandemic. Special consideration will be given to providers who deliver these services to high school students.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

See below for our eligibility requirements.

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To apply, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt designation from the Internal Revenue Service that has been active for at least two years as of September 1, 2019 (which has or an affiliation with an established organization), and not be in violation of any applicable state, local or federal law, ordinance or regulation.
  • At least 50% of the population served must reside in one of the following counties:
Collin Cooke Dallas Denton Ellis
Erath Fannin Grayson Hood Hunt
Johnson Kaufman Montague Navarro Palo Pinto
Parker Rockwall Somervell Tarrant Wise
  • Preference will be given to programs that support underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged populations.  Special considerations will be given to programs that target high school students and/or young adults under 34.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that can demonstrate a track record of effective, evidence-informed, data-driven practice.

  • Individuals
  • For-Profit Businesses
  • Agencies/programs provided outside of the stated North Texas geographic areas
  • Non-US based organizations
  • Church and religious organizations’ programs that are focused on evangelism

Learning RFP: Overview Webinar

Missed our Learning RFP: Overview Webinar? No problem! Watch a recording of the webinar by clicking the button below.

Watch the Learning RFP: Overview Webinar

Download our Learning RFP Overview Presentation Slides here

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