The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Literacy Courseware Challenge 2013.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeks to invest up to $6 million in web-based courseware to support students in mastering the Common Core State Standards for literacy at the 4th–8th grade levels.

Our approach aims to entice publishers, developers, and entrepreneurs to propose the most innovative digital solutions for engaging, personalized software that helps students with reading and writing. Through an RFP process, we will make 20 to 30 awards in amounts of $25,000-$500,000.

Recipients of awards in the amount of $100,000-$500,000 will have the opportunity to pilot their products in order to participate in an independent evaluation of their product’s impact on student learning and receive feedback they can use to refine their solutions.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invite you to explore the Challenge through the background information and submission requirements detailed in the Literacy Courseware Challenge Request for Proposal (RFP).

Application & Selection Timeline


 February 4  Literacy Courseware Challenge RFP released
 March 29  Completed proposals due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
 April Proposals reviewed by external review panel and foundation review team
 April 30  Finalists notified
 May  Work with finalists to complete due diligence and organizational review, and finalize grant agreements
 June  Grants awarded and announced when grant agreements are signed

How to Apply

Your proposal must include:

  • An Application Narrative (10 pages maximum), including a link to a 3-minute video
  • Documentation of your organization’s tax status and financials
  • Simple budget template
  • Outcomes and milestones chart (Appendix A)

Begin submitting a Literacy Courseware Challenge proposal.

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