Non-profit Community-Based Organizations
NGSS and Climate Science Education Competitive Grant RFP Description
The Formal Request for Proposal Application IS NOW OPEN -
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Due to the holiday, the due date for the Letter of Intent has been extended to Thursday, May 31, 2018.
The 2018 Washington State Legislature allocated $4,000,000 of the general
fund in Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019 to provide grants to education service districts
and community based organizations (CBOs) for science teacher training in the
Washington State Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) (Next Generation Science
Standards – NGSS) including climate science education standards (ClimSciEd)
(ESSB 6032, Section 501, p. 300 (68).
These funds are designated for:
ESDs to work with school districts to provide teacher training in the WSSLS
including Climate Science Standards.
School districts, which must “at a minimum…ensure that within school districts,
teachers in at least one grade level in each elementary, middle, and high school
participate in this science training.”
Nonprofit community-based organizations (CBOs) to participate in providing
training to schools and districts for the WSSLS using available learning
resources, including open educational resources (OER), and sharing their
training resources as OER.
Distribution of Funding:
Approximately, $3 million is allocated to ESDs to work with their regional
schools and districts to plan science teacher training. Of the allocated amount,
$2 million is targeted to elementary teacher training, $500,000 to middle school
teacher training, and $500,000 to high school teacher training.
Approximately, $1 million, with approximately $100,000 per ESD region, will be awarded
through competitive grants to nonprofit community-based organizations to work with school districts.
Of this award, approximately 50% is targeted to elementary teacher training, 25% to middle school, and 25% to high school.
Nonprofit community-based organizations around the state use many innovative
processes and strategies and are best poised to build student understanding and
problem solving around local environmental challenges. OSPI has determined that
via a competitive grant process, qualified, local, nonprofit community-based
organizations will coordinate and collaborate with their regional Educational
Service Districts to innovate and complement the WSSLS and Climate Science
trainings to schools and districts.
The following breakdown is an approximation of grant awards:
Approximately 4 grants in the range of ~$50,000 operating in four different ESD regions.
Approximately 1 grant in the range of ~$100,000 in a minimum of one region.
Approximately 2 grants in the range of ~$250,000 - $300,000 operating in multiple ESD regions.
An informational webinar for applicants who have submitted a Letter of Interest will be held on June 1 at 2:00 p.m. via zoom.
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A detailed request for proposals via iGrants is anticipated to be released in late May. The proposal deadline will be approximately 2 weeks after the application release. This
rubric may be used for planning purposes.
Education Service District RFP Guidance
For more information, please contact Amber McCulloch, K-12 Science Specialist