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Funding Opportunities

This site will help potential applicants navigate the funding opportunities that are currently available through the State Board of Education. This site lists opportunities for grants (Request for Proposals and Request for Applications) and contracts (Request for Sealed Proposals).

Important Notice About New Grant Application and Award Requirements

The Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) includes development of a new grants management system that will be implemented in all state agencies beginning in fiscal year 2017. This new system will require significant changes to the grant-making process at ISBE and across state government, including the application process for school districts and other grantees.

ISBE Merit-Based Review and Selection Process for Competitive Grants
GATA and the Federal Uniform Guidance require ISBE to design and adopt a merit-based review process for competitive grants. This process is incorporated by reference in all competitive grant funding opportunities, unless otherwise prohibited by federal or state statute. The full text of the merit-based review policy is found at

Exceptions to the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) (30 ILCS 708/1 et seq.) and the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements (Uniform Guidance) (2 CFR Part 200)
The Office of the Governor has the authority to approve exceptions to the requirements of GATA and the Uniform Guidance pursuant to 30 ILCS 708/55 and 44 Ill. Adm. Code 7000.40. Pursuant to that authority, the exceptions that are found at (9/8/16) have been approved, and are made part of the grants awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This listing will be updated as additional exceptions are approved.

For additional information and resources visit the ISBE GATA page.

RFPs and RFAs are the vehicles used to award grants to eligible applicants. This link will take you to a list of the grant opportunities that are currently available. You can click on the title of any RFP or RFA to review the requirements for the program and the process for submitting the grant proposal or application.

RFSPs are the vehicles used to award contracts to eligible applicants on a competitive basis. This link will take you to a list of opportunities currently available and instructions for accessing the RFSPs on the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.

RFIs are the vehicles used to gather information in order to develop an RFP or RFSP. This link will take you to a list of currently available RFIs.

The Illinois State Board of Education will post the grant awards for competitive and discretionary grant programs for each fiscal year on The list of grant awards can be found at (updated frequently)

Awards for all grant programs will be posted on the State grants portal at