Request for Proposal: Innovative Solutions in Education to Employment

Strada Education Network® is seeking collaborative grantees to propose initiatives that rethink and create new models of career advising, pilot or scale innovative approaches to blend learning experience with work, and support learners as they transition to and through education and into the workforce. The intent is to select five to seven organizations to receiving funding over a three-year period, from January 1, 2019 to December 30, 2021.

The proposal should include at least three of these four partners: Employers, Community-Based Organizations, Education Providers
(postsecondary education, high schools, certification programs or designated training entities), and the Public Sector.
Strada is interested in strategic, innovative and scalable solutions which provide under-represented, low-income, first-generation, current or aspiring secondary, postsecondary student or adult learner populations with the knowledge, skills and experiences needed to compete in the workforce and launch fulfilling careers.

Download our 2018 RFP.

Update: We’re excited about the strong response to Strada’s RFP: Innovative Solutions in Education to Employment. There is so much great work being done in this area, and we thank everyone for their submissions. We are currently reviewing the initial RFP responses. Those organizations selected to submit Full Applications will soon be notified.

Questions? Contact Jane Howard, Director of Collaboration and Partnerships.

About Strada Philanthropy

Since 2014, Strada Education Network® has advanced its mission of Completion With a Purpose® through more than $100 million in strategic philanthropy and partnerships, yielding innovative approaches to enhance student success and strengthen education to employment pathways.

Previously, we focused our investments in four areas: increasing college value, streamlining key education transitions, facilitating institutional innovation, and building new frameworks for data-driven decision-making. The learnings from these investments have informed our latest theories of change, which focus on the key phases of the student lifecycle:

  • Improving Education & Career Planning by providing tools and guidance to students so they can choose the best education path that leads to a meaningful career
  • Bolstering Student Success & Support systems to provide students the resources they need to succeed in the classroom despite obstacles to learning
  • Supporting Career & Workforce Transitions by strengthening institution-employer connections, so students graduate with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the workplace. And for adult learners to develop and maintain the skills they need throughout their career

We seek to advance our efforts through partnerships with postsecondary institutions, employers, policymakers, nonprofit organizations, and other collaborative funders. Together, we can create innovative solutions to improve career advising, to link education to work, and to help learners access the education they need to gain or advance in a rewarding career. Specifically, we look for opportunities to affect change at larger scales through efforts that:

  • Rethink and create new models of career advising
  • Pilot or scale innovative approaches to blend work and learning experiences
  • Support learners as they transition to and through careers and workforce

Through our philanthropic work, we will see outcomes improve by:

  • Improved consumer insights with postsecondary decisions that are aligned to potential careers
  • Improved access, persistence and completion rates among all students regardless of their age, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status or previous education background
  • Successful student preparation for and transitions into careers

We accept by invitation only. For more information, email


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