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Workforce Education Grant

Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits and LEAs to Promote
Technical Education and Workforce Readiness

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South Dakota Department of Education

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03/29/19 10:00 AM CT


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Grants to South Dakota nonprofit organizations and local education agencies to enhance career and technical education opportunities. Programs will provide students with the skills, knowledge, and experiences required to successfully enter college and the workforce. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of students accessing high-quality career and technical education programs in the State.

The Workforce Education Grants provide school districts and private, nonprofit entities who provide specialized training in South Dakota the opportunity to make transformative change in career and technical education programs. Partnerships among secondary education, postsecondary education, and business and industry lay the foundation for modern CTE programs.

- LEAs: The Workforce Education Grants are designed to support and align secondary school CTE systems with South Dakota's postsecondary education programs and workforce needs, developing the state's talent pipeline for workforce development and economic growth. Projects must serve 7th – 12th grade students.
- Nonprofits: Grants are for training programs aligned to postsecondary technical education, providing work-readiness skills, technical training, and preparation for high demand technical careers.

Proposed projects must fall within one or more of the following categories:

1. Evaluation for alignment to postsecondary education and work force demands;
2. Development of career pathways or programs of study;
3. Development of career guidance or work-based learning programs;
4. Educator training;
5. Facilities;
6. Equipment; or
7. Instructional material

Proposed projects must meet the following criteria:

1. Build, reform or enhance an approved secondary CTE program;
2. Align to high-skill, high-demand, and high-wage careers and postsecondary education programs
in South Dakota; and
3. Demonstrate the ability to complete the project

LEAs: For priority projects, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169639

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- LEAs: The maximum individual grant award amount will be $225,000.
- Nonprofits: Up to $250,000 will be awarded.

In addition to financial resources, all awardees will receive technical assistance from the SD Department of Education’s Division of Career and Technical Education (DCTE) to meet the intended outcomes of the grant project. Examples of technical assistance, depending on the needs of the LEA and grant project, may include:
- Calls or webinars with grant team members.
- On-site coaching or assistance.
- Facilitation between grant partners.
- Cross-district convenings involving applicable Workforce Education Grant projects.
- Feedback on progress reports and final project reports.

Term of Contract:

Projects can begin on June 1, 2019.

Projects must be completed within 18 months following grant approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- LEAs: Eligible applicants are Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with projects designed to serve 7th – 12th grade students.
- Nonprofits: Grant funds are for private nonprofit entities that provide specialized career and technical services and education.

Eligible Partnerships: The lead grant applicant must be either an official, public Local Education Agency (LEA) in South Dakota or a private, nonprofit entity in South Dakota. All South Dakota schools that participate in awarded grant projects must be accredited by the South Dakota Department of Education and in good standing. Any grant activities related to secondary Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs must be part of approved programs (or become approved programs in the process of completing the grant project).

Applications should not be one-off projects for small equipment purchases, teacher training, student transportation, or similar activities.

Grant funds may not be used for salaries and benefits, costs associated with writing the grant proposal, contractual obligations which began before the award date, purchases that become the property of any individual or organization other than the grantee, tuition and fees, or purchases or services beyond the project outcomes or activities.

Nonprofits: Projects cannot include adult basic education, English learner services, or high school equivalency training programs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

LEA personnel are welcome to connect at any time during the open office hours to ask questions and discuss project ideas. Office hours with DCTE staff will be available on the following dates and times:

- Wednesday, March 6th from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central - Connect via Skype: Join Skype Meeting:
Or Call: 1.866.410.8397, Conference Code: 9962153248
- Wednesday, March 13st from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Central - Connect via Skype: Join Skype Meeting:
Or Call: 1.866.410.8397, Conference Code: 9962153248

Pre-Application Information:

Workforce Education Grants – 2019 Dates:

- Grant Release – February 11, 2019
- Office Hours for questions and assistance – March 6 and 13, 2019
- Grant Applications Due – March 29, 2019 at 10:00 AM Central
- Awards Announced - April 22, 2019
- Contracts Due – May 31, 2019
- Projects can begin – June 1, 2019

The Workforce Education Grants require a one-to-one match. The match may come from in-kind and/or monetary contributions by the LEA, community contributors, or business and industry partners.

Grants will be paid on a reimbursement basis.

For additional Information about Workforce Education Grants:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to:

General questions about the Workforce Education Grants can be directed to:

Kara Schweitzer, Regional Specialist
Division of Career & Technical Education
(605) 220-3381

The Regional Career Development Specialists on DCTE’s secondary CTE staff will be happy to discuss potential grant ideas. Contact information, by region and content expertise, is located at:

For questions on financial accounting related to grant awards, contact:

Susan Woodmansey
Division of Finance & Management
(605) 773-4748


Bobbi Leiferman
Division of Finance & Management
(605) 773-5407

SD Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3134

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