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Networks for School Improvement – NSI (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has issued a request for proposal (RFP) to fund Networks for School Improvement (NSI). An NSI is defined as a group of secondary schools working both collectively and individually with an Intermediary to use a continuous process to improve outcomes for Black, Latino, and low-income students.

Through this RFP, the Foundation plans to provide two different types of NSI investments: Type 1 grants will support Intermediaries that have demonstrated capacity and experience. Type 2 grants will support Intermediaries that have demonstrated experience in some, but not all, areas. The application deadline is February 21.

Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grantmaking guidelines for this RFP: (

Eligibility: Intermediary organizations using a continuous improvement process to significantly increase the number of Black, Latino, and low-income students who earn a high school diploma, enroll in a postsecondary institution, and are on track in their first year to earn a credential with labor-market value.

Type 1:
Based on an average network size of 20-40 schools for 3-5 years, investments may range from $1-$4M per year.

Type 2:
Award sizes (up to $500,000 total for 12-24 months) will be determined based on project specifics, including the scope and duration of the investment and number of schools involved in the network.

Deadline: The application deadline is February 21

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