Friday, December 15, 2017

ISBE Issues RFP for FY19 Prevention Initiative

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced it is re-constituting its entire Early Childhood Block Grant for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) and every school district that wants to receive a grant must re-apply, even if planning just to continue current services.

This presents a chance for grant winners to change things around – to do more full-day school programming, for example, focused on higher-need children. The preschool applications are due in early January 2018, and in early February for the grades 0-3 programs.

ISBE has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Prevention Initiative program for FY19. The RFP form must be submitted by 4 p.m. on February 9.

Please note that an RFP for the FY19 Prevention Initiative program is not available for electronic submission in the Illinois Web-Based Application System (IWAS), the usual channel for filing applications. Eligible applicants must submit an Intent to Apply before submitting an application. Those proposing to provide services for children and families within the Chicago city limits must apply for funds through Chicago Public Schools.

Officials say this opportunity to reinvent the local prevention block grant has not been available for many years, and communities should think broadly about what is required in order to better serve the needs of local children under age five, and their families. School districts must submit a FY19 application to continue and expand existing programs or to access new funding to begin new services. If a program has already submitted a proposal for the FY18 Prevention Initiative, it must still apply for the FY19 Prevention Initiative.

Please check the ISBE RFP page regularly for resources, including the RFP rubric and updates. A Bidders Webinar is forthcoming. Questions should be directed to the Early Childhood Division of ISBE at 217/524-4835 or emailed at