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Driving Towards Diversity in the Educator Grants

Grants and In-Kind Support to USA LEAs in
New England States to Diversify Teaching Staff

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Barr Foundation and TNTP

Deadline Date:

10/01/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $25,000 and in-kind support to Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont LEAs to evaluate how to diversify and strengthen teaching staff. Grantees will partner with a nonprofit organization that will conduct a comprehensive analysis of their teacher workforce, including how students, families, and community members experience teachers and the talent process.

The Barr Foundation is excited to offer an RFP opportunity for LEAs or regional networks of LEAs to deepen their understanding of their talent landscapes in order to further their initiatives to diversify their teacher workforces. A talent landscape analysis supports districts by taking a snapshot of a local or regional teacher talent experience - analyzing multiple years of data including teacher pipelines and pools, recruitment and marketing sources, retention by demographic factors, student and teacher and school performance, student and educator demographics; reviewing systems, materials and processes; and conducting stakeholder engagement to understand the experiences of teachers, students, families/caregivers, and communities to develop a robust picture of the current state, strengths and successes, and opportunities for adjustments and improvements in order to further diversify the teacher workforce.

Grantees will partner with TNTP, a national nonprofit organization, that will work with districts to develop a scope and refine research questions and will conduct the landscape analysis. Grantees will receive distilled data, analysis, headlines and recommendations to support their efforts to diversify their workforces. This will provide a rich picture of the current talent landscape in the grantee school system, a comparison of their current approaches to national best practices, and concrete steps leaders can take to develop, refine, continue, and accelerate plans to improve the strength and diversity of their teacher workforces. This information will ultimately support grantee initiatives to build strong, diverse teacher workforces and improve outcomes for all students.

For information on the Talent Landscape Process, see

For information about LEA Support Funds, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198285

Number of Grants:

Barr anticipates funding up to twelve grantees to participate.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected applicants will receive direct support from TNTP to conduct an analysis of the teacher workforce. The Barr Foundation will directly fund TNTP for their work, and will provide funding for TNTP to support all stakeholder engagement efforts (e.g., food, stipends for focus group participants, platforms for text messages and surveys, etc.). Selected LEAs will not need to manage these funds and will not receive those funds as part of the award process.

Applicants are also eligible to apply for supplemental grant funds up to $25,000 to ensure they are able to allocate the staff time, capacity, and systems necessary to fully participate in the landscape analysis.

Term of Contract:

November 2021 – June 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Barr Foundation is seeking proposals from LEAs across New England (inclusive of all governance structures including traditional school districts, Charter Management Organizations, autonomous schools, and regional schools) and education organizations working in partnership with LEAs across New England to participate in a talent landscape analysis to further their long-term goals and commitment to diversifying their teacher workforces to meet student needs.

Participating LEAs must be located in New England and have a demonstrated commitment to rethinking their talent systems, structures, and processes and revising their retention strategy with the explicit goal of building a stronger, more diverse teacher workforce. Applicants must:

- Be any single Local Education Agency (LEA); a group of LEAs interested in a regional analysis; or a regional consortium or collaborative of LEAs or schools organized around common goals or interests (The applicant may be a 501(c)3 organization, but only when applying as a consortium or collaborative of LEAs through a hub organization);
- Include students in at least one high school grade;
- Include a student population that is comprised of at least 35% students of color; and
- Serve students in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont.

During the selection process, preference will be given to entities serving the highest concentration of high needs students and communities that have a rapid population growth of students of color and high needs students.

For more applicant information, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 4 p.m. EST on Friday, October 1, 2021.

Please note the following timeline for the RFP:
- August 9, 2021: RFP released
- August 25, 2021: Webinar for prospective applicants
- October 1, 2021: Proposals due
- October 28, 2021: Awards announced

Applicants are encouraged to sign up for optional office hours if they would like to discuss their proposal with a member of the Barr Foundation team. Please send an email to sign up for office hours.

A recording of the webinar is available on the URL for Full Text link below. Slides of the webinar can be found in Supporting Documents below.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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All questions related to the RFP should be submitted via email to

Barr Foundation
Two Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02110
P: 617.854.3500
F: 617.854.3501

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont

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