Learning RFP - Now Open!
Communities 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: CFTgrants.org
- 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.