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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Planning Grant

Grants to Massachusetts School Districts, IHEs, and School
Groups for Career Education Programs for Students in Grades 7-14

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)

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04/30/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Massachusetts school districts, school consortia, educational collaboratives, and community colleges for technical and career education programs for students in grades 7 through 14. Funding is intended to support local and regional partnerships to expand or develop Career and Technical Education programs.

The purpose of this federally funded competitive Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership Planning Grant (Phase 1) 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.

Eligible students include secondary and other students served under the Carl D. Perkins Improvement Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L. 109-270. 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.
- Convene regional/local partners to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities. Partnerships include, but are not limited to: vocational/technical high schools, comprehensive high schools, community colleges, publicly-funded adult education institutions, workforce development boards, businesses, economic development agencies, and community-based organizations that offer publicly funded educational services. Partnerships should result in opportunities to sustain CTE programming after the funding for planning and implementation sunsets.
- Leverage the use of existing resources among the participating partners, in order to maximize capacity, impact, and sustainability.
- Develop innovative models and action plans that would lead to an implementation strategy and grant (Phase 2) intended to increase student seats and access to Career Technical Education (CTE) training for jobs that are in demand and aligned with current labor market data.
- 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's degree.
- Ensure proposed programs will integrate academic and technical content into new programs and/or the expansion of current programs.
- Propose a concrete strategy for sustainability as an educational option for students upon conclusion of the Implementation Phase should an applicant receive both a planning and implementation grant.

This Planning Grant is the first phase of a two-phase process that will result in Implementation (Phase 2) funding, contingent upon the availability of funds, for plans that will have the greatest impact on increasing access to CTE programs for students.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171037

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Eligible applicants may apply for up to $15,000 for one (1) planning grant.

Term of Contract:

All funds must be obligated and activities completed by August 31, 2019.

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 submit a Schedule C in order to identify proposed partners in this planning grant.

Priority will be given to applicants that provide students access to Chapter 74 level programming at vocational technical education districts serving Gateway Cities.

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: This competitive grant opportunity is not intended to fund Innovation Pathways. There are others funds dedicated for that initiative.

Grant funds must be used to support collaborative planning among local partners to develop an implementation plan for activities/initiatives that will increase student seats and student access to CTE pathways/programs, particularly for underserved populations. All planning activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Interested applicants must submit an Intent to Apply via the submission portal. The Intent will include:
- The name(s) of the lead school district, consortia, educational collaboratives or public postsecondary institution for which the applicant seeks planning funding; and
- The contact information (name, title, email address, and phone number) for the applicant and lead personnel who should be included on any communications regarding this grant program prior to the submission of a full application.

Please Note: The Intent to Apply should be completed as soon as possible and must be completed prior to submission of the grant application. The submission portal will not permit applicants to proceed to the application without first having completed an Intent to Apply.

Completed grant proposals must be submitted to the Department via an online portal by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

Larry DeSalvatore

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Fund Code: 405

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USA: Massachusetts