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Grants to Massachusetts School Districts, IHEs, and School Groups for Career Development Programs for Students

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Grant


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
171037

Funding Source
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Funding or PIN Number: Fund Code: 0412
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/28/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts school districts, community colleges, educational collaboratives, and school consortia for technical education and career development programs designed for secondary and post-secondary school students. Applicants must pre-register prior to applying. Priority will be given to applicants that serve Gateway Cities and to programs that serve traditionally underserved populations.

The purpose of this competitive Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Grant is to support regional and local partnerships to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities, primarily through more effective use and integration of existing capacity and resources. Services provided are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.

Priority will be given to applicants that:

  • Provide students access to Chapter 74 level programming at vocational technical education districts serving Gateway Cities* where access to admittance into the regional vocational technical high school that serves that Gateway City is limited by oversubscription relative to capacity.
  • Can demonstrate success in providing high-quality Chapter 74 state-approved vocational technical education programs.
  • Establish and implement program models and action plans that will increase student seats and access to Career Technical Education (CTE) training for jobs that are in demand and aligned with current labor market data.
  • Demonstrate current and future active collaboration with secondary and postsecondary as well as industry and workforce development partners.
  • Convene regional/local partners to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities.
  • Leverage the use of existing resources among the participating partners, to maximize capacity, impact, and sustainability.
  • Serve traditionally underserved populations.
  • Provide students with a sequence of courses that will lead to technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, and/or an associate degree.
  • Propose a concrete strategy for sustainability as an educational option for students upon conclusion of Implementation funding.
  • Propose new or expanded partnerships.

Grant funds must be used to plan or implement programs/activities/initiatives that will increase student seats and student access to CTE pathways/programs, particularly for underserved populations and students residing in Gateway Cities where the regional vocational technical high school serving that Gateway City is oversubscribed. All implementation activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.

For eligible uses of planning and implementation funds, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include school districts, school consortia, educational collaboratives, and community colleges.

Partner agencies may include: employers, other publicly-funded educational institutions, workforce development boards, or community-based organizations that provide publicly funded educational services, but cannot include private proprietary schools or private postsecondary institutions. Applicants must identify proposed partners in this planning grant.

Applicants may pursue funding to plan or to implement a CTE Partnership, but Implementation awards are not contingent on prior receipt of Planning Grant funding.

The Massachusetts Legislature defines 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester.

Please note that DESE will consider applications from previous recipients of CTE Partnership Planning and/or Implementation funding.

Additional Geographic Information:

The Massachusetts Legislature defines 26 Gateway Cities in the Commonwealth: Attleboro, Barnstable, Brockton, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Fall River, Fitchburg, Haverhill, Holyoke, Lawrence, Leominster, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, New Bedford, Peabody, Pittsfield, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Springfield, Taunton, Westfield, and Worcester.

Ineligible
This competitive grant opportunity is not intended to fund Innovation Pathways. This grant opportunity is also not intended to fund the development of new Chapter 74 state-approved vocational technical education programs.

Grantees may not use funds to supplant local resources.

Pre-Application Information
There are two competitive rounds for this grant funding.
- Option 1: Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via GEM$ by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on June 15, 2023.
- Option 2: Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via GEM$ by 5:00 p.m. Eastern on October 28, 2023.

Please Note: Grant Submission requires applicants to have their organization established in GEM$. Entities that do not have an organization in GEM$ must contact the DESE Program Unit issuing this grant at a minimum 5 business days prior to the due date for temporary organization access.

Failure to provide DESE with GEMS Request Form at least 5 business days prior to the due date may result in not meeting the submission due date listed above. DESE cannot accept or review applications after the due date.

Eligible applicants may apply for funds for one (1) planning grant and/or one (1) implementation grant.

For GEM$ training videos and slide decks, see the application link in Contact Information below.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,500,000

Term of Contract
- Project duration will be based on grant submission.
- Upon approval (but no earlier than July 1, 2022) – June 30, 2024
- All funds must be obligated, and activities completed, by June 30, 2024, with a final report completed by September 30, 2024.

Contact Information
GEM$ online application system: https://mass.egrantsmanagement.com/

Larry DeSalvatore
781-338-3953
ldesalvatore@doe.mass.edu

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370

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