Grants & PRIS: Requests For Proposals

PreK through 12th Grade Attendance

The Background

School attendance is a necessary ingredient for educational attainment. When students of any age are chronically absent – missing approximately 10% or more of school days – they may have difficulty learning to read, transitioning between grades, or graduating high school. Chronic absenteeism can be related to truancy, which only accounts for unexcused absences. In Pennsylvania, a student is deemed truant when the student has three or more unexcused absences in a single year. When a school determines that a student is truant, the school is required to take action, which may include referral to a community-based intervention or filing a citation with the magistrate’s court. 

Factors such as mental and physical health concerns, economic hardship, and bullying or other issues associated with school climate can contribute to a student’s becoming chronically absent or truant. According to Attendance Works, “Children living in poverty are two to three times more likely to be chronically absent— and face the most harm because their community lacks the resources to make up for the lost learning in school. Students from communities of color as well as those with disabilities are disproportionately affected” (Attendance Works).

Submission Examples

Examples of ideas that may be considered include, but are not limited to, the items noted in Table 1. These are
solely illustrative and not proscriptive. Applications may include a variety of services, products, or technologies. The Foundation welcomes a range of ideas and encourages thoughtful experimentation.

Kindergarten Readiness

  • reciprocal family engagement programs that are responsive to families’ values, beliefs, and culture 
  • pre-K to kindergarten or pre-K to third grade transition and alignment initiatives

K-12 Academic Performance

  • use of data and analytics to identify students at-risk of chronic absenteeism and provide supports personalized to the child’s needs 
  • wrap-around or community-school initiatives that address underlying factors contributing to absenteeism 
  • positive behavioral interventions and supports
  • initiatives to create conditions resulting in increased student engagement 
  • initiatives to provide alternatives to exclusionary discipline practices

Eligibility Criteria

The Foundation’s general eligibility criteria apply to the RFP. Please review the Funding Policies on the Apply page of the Foundation’s website and the General FAQs found on the Foundation’s Nonprofit and Public Sector Partners webpage. 

For the purposes of this RFP, the Foundation offers additional guidance about proposals from public sector and nonprofit organizations.

Public sector organizations:

  • may serve as the lead agency submitting a proposal for Planning and Innovation grants. Public sector organizations may also participate as collaborating partners on both Planning and Innovation and Scalability grants submitted by nonprofit organizations 
  • include entities such as school districts, courts, or departments of health or human services

Nonprofit organizations:

  • may serve as the lead agency submitting a proposal for Planning and Innovation grants or for Scalability grants. Nonprofit organizations may

Funding Guidelines

The Foundation expects to provide two types of support through this RFP.

Planning and Innovation grants:

  • focus on experimentation and the development of new ideas. Recipients might describe activities such as piloting services or completing a feasibility study. Any evaluation activities should focus on understanding successes, challenges, and future possibilities resulting from the grant 
  • will provide up to $250,000 and funded activities should be completed within 12 to 18 months after the grant award

Scalability grants:

  • sustain and expand promising, evidence-informed initiatives. Recipients might describe activities, projects, and ideas that have been tested within one population group or in one geographic area with promising success and require an infusion of funds to expand the reach of the program to other population groups or geographic areas 
  • will provide up to $400,000 and funded activities should be completed within 18 to 24 months after the grant award

Grant funds awarded through this RFP may be used for a variety of expenses such as program and service delivery, consultant fees, evaluation, or “overhead” or administrative expenses. A limited amount of capital expenditures that are essential to accomplish the outcomes of the proposal may be included. 

If an application is truly exceptional, the Foundation may consider providing more than $250,000 for Planning and Innovation grants or $400,000 for Scalability grants. Successful grants may be invited to apply for follow-on funding or additional capacity-building funding opportunities at the conclusion of the grant.

What the Foundation Will Not Fund

The Foundation will not fund the following items through this RFP:

  • Endowments
  • Advocacy, political causes or events
  • Existing deficits or retroactive funding
  • Event sponsorships


  • Applications submitted. – Friday, September 9, 2022 Noon (12:00 PM) EST.
  • Funding Status Notification – Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • Funds Issued for Awarded Grants – Friday, December 23, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Request For Proposals

We encourage you to prioritize carefully with your organization, and we recommend that an organization submit one proposal to each RFP. However, the logic model describing the proposed initiative may contain several types of activities that are critical for the project’s success.  

If you are submitting a proposal as part of a large regional research, university, or healthcare institution, we will consider ideas from multiple divisions within the institution. You should coordinate with your institution’s development office before responding to an RFP or completing the General Application to the Foundation.

Nonprofit and public sector applicants can submit different proposals to any of the RFPs at the same time.  

For-profit companies and entrepreneurs are only able to submit a proposal to the Employment in the New Economy: Supporting Disconnected and Gig Economy Workers RFP

Have a Question?

Please contact [email protected] at the Foundation to discuss questions regarding this RFP.