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Re-Opening of the FEPP Opportunity and Access (O&A) Request for Investment (RFI) Funding Opportunity

The Department of Education and Early Learning announced the re-opening of the FEPP Opportunity and Access (O&A) Request for Investment (RFI) funding opportunity, set for Monday, May 11, 2020.
O&A Funding Announcement

Yesterday, DEEL announced the re-opening of the FEPP Opportunity and Access (O&A) Request for Investment (RFI) funding opportunity.

The O&A RFI was temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 on March 24, 2020. In a message yesterday to community-based organizations, school administrators, and community members, DEEL shared the following:

This period of extraordinary uncertainty has made it necessary to modify and adapt our work while still striving to provide services that are important to our students, families and communities. Thank you for your patience and dedication to this work. Through careful consideration, the Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) will lift the suspension and re-open the O&A RFI on Monday, May 11, 2020.

To be considered for funding, eligible applicants are invited to submit applications by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, August 21, 2020, for investments beginning as early as October 2020 with the possibility of annual renewal through the 2022-23 school year, conditional upon annual performance. Annual award size will be contingent upon services provided and students served. 

The revised timeline for this funding opportunity is as follows:

Request for Investment (RFI) application issued
Monday, May 11, 2020
RFI Information Webinar (Prerecorded)
Monday, May 11, 2020  
posted by 4pm
Technical Assistance Session 1 (Online)
Monday, May 18, 2020  
Technical Assistance Session 2 (Online)
Monday, June 1, 2020  
Last day to submit questions
Friday, June 12, 2020
RFI Applications Due
Monday, June 22, 2020
by 3:00pm
Applications Reviewed and Rated
June 23 – July 10, 2020
Interviews and Review Panel Deliberations 
July 15 – July 24, 2020
Notifications issued to applicants
Friday, August 21, 2020

*Dates and times are subject to change

Online information and technical assistance sessions will be available for viewing throughout the application period.

Starting Monday, May 11, eligible applicants can visit DEEL’s Funding Opportunities page to download updated materials, including the complete RFI Application, application submission template, and technical assistance resources.

Questions about the opportunity can be emailed to and should include “Question_Opportunity and Access Investment-RFI Application” in the subject line.

All materials, announcements and questions submitted to DEEL will be posted on our website. DEEL will not provide individual notice of changes, and perspective applicants are responsible for regularly checking the web page for technical assistance information as well as any updates, clarifications, or amendments.