Horizons Regional Grants


Horizons will select three regional partnerships across Washington state that have existing programs that are ready to expand or scale to help more students transition from K-12 into postsecondary education. Learn more about the open Request for Proposals (RFP) to be part of Horizons.

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Applications Closed

This RFP opportunity closed on September 22 at 5 p.m. PT.

RFP Details

Horizons will give regions an opportunity to build on and improve already successful local programs so more high school students have access to relevant, effective support as they move from high school to college and the workforce.

The Gates Foundation will select three regional partnerships through Horizons, with up to $5.4 million in funding for each region over three school years.

  • In addition to grant funding, Horizons partnerships will get technical assistance to learn more about high-quality advising programs and other best practices.
  • They’ll also receive support to build their data capacity so they can access, analyze, and apply data to continue refining and improving programs to meet student needs.

Partnerships should prioritize efforts to improve college and career advising programs in their specific regions.

Who Should Apply

Applicants must be part of regional partnerships based in Washington state that include at least one local K-12 district and one higher education institution, as well as a “backbone” organization that helps coordinate efforts across the partnership.

  • Partnerships must already work together or be in the process of working on solutions designed to support local students transitioning from high school to postsecondary programs.
  • Partnerships should have existing programs that focus on students who face the most significant barriers—including Black, Latino, and Indigenous students, and students from low-income and rural communities.

How to Apply

Access the Horizons RFP on the Gates Foundation’s RFP portal.

RFP responses are due by September 22 at 5 p.m. PT.

Application Support

Partnerships can engage independent consultants Ken Thompson and George Zeno for support with the application process. Ken and George are available to:

  • Provide thought partnership on how applicants can work with different partners to apply
  • Provide initial feedback on 1-2 application responses for clarity
  • Respond to questions about Horizons that require a confidential, independent party

Please note: Independent consultants are not able to provide line edits to improve your proposal or direct feedback on the quality of your application.

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Why We’re Focused on Postsecondary Enrollment

Nearly 90% of Washington’s high schoolers say that they want to continue their education after high school, but only 50% of graduates today enroll in a postsecondary program. We’re supporting locally led solutions to help them take that next step.