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RFP GC#16-011: 2016-2021 Bilingual Education Program
Announcement of Funding Opportunity


Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.17 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (161 KB)
Questions and Answers PDF icon (380 KB) – Posted 4/26/16

Purpose of Grant

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL), is seeking applications from Public School Districts for a Bilingual Education Program (transitional bilingual and one-way and two-way dual language) that provides English Language Learners (ELLs) with home language instruction as well as English/English as a New Language instruction. Bilingual Education Programs seek to offer students the opportunity to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural while improving their academic ability. Students learn to speak, read, and write in two languages, and also learn about other cultures while developing strong self-esteem and diverse language skills. The primary purpose of this grant program is to develop academic excellence and bilingual proficiency for ELLs, and depending on the model, English Proficient (EP) students, and to promote new Bilingual Education programs in school districts across the State.    

Eligible Applicants

  • Public school districts in New York State may apply to open a Bilingual Education Program in a school that is NOT currently operating a Bilingual Education Program with Federal, State, or Local funds.
  • In New York City, the eligible applicants are Community School Districts within NYCDOE. They may apply to open a Bilingual Education Program in a school that is NOT currently operating Bilingual Education Programs with Federal, State, or Local funds.
Districts that are currently operating Bilingual Education Programs with Federal, State, or Local funds are eligible to apply, provided that they open a Bilingual Education program in a school that does not currently have a program.   

Funding & Project Period

Source: NYS Budget
Estimated Funds Available: $1.5 million
Anticipated Project period: 10/1/16 through 6/30/21.
It is expected that $300,000 will be available each year subject to continued funding by the NYS Budget.  The annual maximum grant amount per applicant/awardee is $50,000.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers PDF icon (380 KB) – Posted 4/26/16

All questions must be submitted by E-Mail to BilingualProgramRFP@nysed.gov by close of business on April 13, 2016. A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted here no later than April 27, 2016.

Application Deadline and Submission Information

Submit one (1) original and three (3) copies of the application, and a copy saved on a disc, postmarked by  May 11, 2016 to: 
New York State Education Department
Grants Management , EBA 464
89 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12234

Attn:  Bilingual Grant

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.17 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (161 KB)
Questions and Answers PDF icon (380 KB) – Posted 4/26/16


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NYSED’s Reservation of Rights

NYSED reserves the right to: (1) reject any or all proposals received in response to the RFP; (2) withdraw the RFP at any time, at the agency’s sole discretion; (3) make an award under the RFP in whole or in part; (4) disqualify any bidder whose conduct and/or proposal fails to conform to the requirements of the RFP; (5) seek clarifications of proposals; (6) use proposal information obtained through site visits, management interviews and the state’s investigation of a bidder’s qualifications, experience, ability or financial standing, and any material or information submitted by the bidder in response to the agency’s request for clarifying information in the course of evaluation and/or selection under the RFP; (7) prior to the bid opening, amend the RFP specifications to correct errors or oversights, or to supply additional information, as it becomes available; (8) prior to the bid opening, direct bidders to submit proposal modifications addressing subsequent RFP amendments; (9) change any of the scheduled dates; (10) waive any requirements that are not material; (11) negotiate with the successful bidder within the scope of the RFP in the best interests of the state; (12) conduct contract negotiations with the next responsible bidder, should the agency be unsuccessful in negotiating with the selected bidder; (13) utilize any and all ideas submitted in the proposals received; (14) unless otherwise specified in the solicitation, every offer is firm and not revocable for a period of 90 days from the bid opening; (15) require clarification at any time during the procurement process and/or require correction of arithmetic or other apparent errors for the purpose of assuring a full and complete understanding of an offerer’s proposal and/or to determine an offerer’s compliance with the requirements of the solicitation; (16) to request best and final offers.


Last Updated: April 26, 2016