The Grand Rapids Public Schools Business Services Department supports the business operations of the district including purchasing, accounts payable and receivable, financial accounting and reporting, payroll, and retirement.
Purchasing provides services and materials for district staff and outside customers by securing quality products and services in accordance with Board Policies in an efficient and timely manner.
Thank you for your interest in doing business with Grand Rapids Public Schools! Follow the steps below to connect your business with GRPS and our Bid opportunities.
Step 1: Understand the Competitive Bid Process
GRPS Polices & Rules
Grand Rapids Public Schools is proud to work with reliable vendors who support our schools and operations.Board Policy 3610 andBoard Policy 3660 listed under our Fiscal Management Section 3000 should be used as a guide for doing business with the district.
Board Policy 3690-R highlights our local first purchasing preference. Review this policy for information on local first qualifications.
Competitive Bid Amount
According to the revised Michigan School Code, the State of Michigan annually designates a base amount above which school districts must obtain competitive bids. The Competitive Bid base amount is $26, 046 (FY2022) effective October 7, 2021.
Tips to be successful in the Public Sector
- Thoroughly read, and follow, instructions to bidders
- Submit a complete bid or proposal response
- Be competitive
- Be on time (late bids are NOT accepted)
Step 2: Create a Vendor Profile
Vendors interested in doing business with GRPS are encouraged to create a vendor profile on Bid4Michigan, Sigma Vendor Self Services, or Bonfire, our centralized bid portals that provides broader access to new opportunities throughout our region.