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Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement Grant Award Program

Grants to Missouri High Schools, Colleges, and
Career Centers to Improve Vocational Training Programs

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Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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02/28/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Missouri public high schools, community colleges, and area career centers to expand and improve the quality of career education programs. Educational agencies will improve alignment with industry and business occupational treating needs. Emphasis is placed on training for high-demand occupations determined to be in critical shortage.

The Outstanding Schools Act of 1993 established provisions for the implementation of a grant award program to enhance career education in public high schools, area career schools, and community colleges. The funds made available through the program focus on the initiation of new and the improvement of existing occupational preparatory (long-term) career education training programs, curriculum enhancement, instructional equipment and facility improvement, particularly in high demand occupations.

Requests for Vocational-Technical Education Enhancement Grant funding shall minimally consist of the following components:

A. A properly submitted budget for each occupational career education program by CIP code for which grant funds are being requested.

B. The budget shall be developed which details all major expenditure categories and itemizes all equipment purchases. Equipment purchases with grant funds shall
a. have prior approval of the Office of College and Career Readiness and
b. be appropriate to the instructional content of the career education course or program.

C. Grant funds may also be requested for new occupational preparatory (long-term) career education programs. Any budget requests for a new program must include documentation of Department approval of the new program. Documentation indicating program approval after July 1, 2017 must be uploaded into the DESE web applications system along with the grant application.

D. The budget must be developed using the current FY19 EG-FV4 spreadsheet found on the DESE website to be eligible for funding. This spreadsheet, along with supporting documentation when required, must be submitted as a state compliance plan into the DESE Web Applications system. Required documentation includes specific details for any type of facilities renovation; requests for cloud or similar computing systems; cost-sharing data for items to be used by non-CTE students or staff; requests for consideration of funds to be used for programs not on the high-demand list based on local or regional data; requests for funds for new programs requires DESE program approval and the approval documentation must be upload.

E. A plan, developed by an advisory committee with no fewer than twelve (12) members that is composed of at least two (2) members representing each of the following groups: business persons, labor leaders, parents, senior citizens, community leaders and teachers. The committee shall assist the grant recipient with the development of a plan which will ensure that graduates proceed to a two (2)- or four (4)-year college/university or a high wage job with workplace skill development opportunities. This plan shall be developed prior to the close of the fiscal year that the grant recipient receives an initial grant under this grant award program.

F. Eligible institutions that apply for grant funds after receiving an initial grant award shall submit a description of the accomplishments made toward the implementation of their initial plan and any modifications to their initial plan. It is not required that the school district or LEA submit this plan; it is required that the plan is available for review when requested.

Allowed Costs:

A. Instructional Equipment (reimbursement not to exceed 75% of purchase price) which may be replaced no more frequently than after being in use for three years, and must meet both of the following definitions:
a. Be directly related to the occupational career education instructional program;
b. Be tangible, nonexpendable property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $1,000 or more per unit.
c. Shipping costs for items with a unit cost of over $1000 is allowed. Shipping shall not be used to calculate the unit cost of an item; it is in excess of the unit cost.

B. Non-Consumable Instructional Supplies (reimbursement not to exceed 50% of purchase price) which may be replaced no more frequently than after being in use for three years, and must meet both of the following definitions:
a. Be directly related to the occupational career education instructional program;
b. Be tangible and nonexpendable having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $200 to $999.99 per unit.

C. Other Allowable Costs (reimbursement not to exceed 50% of purchase price) include
a. Computer software, including annual site license fees (no minimum unit cost). Such purchases must comply with the limitations placed on 1:1 or near 1:1 equipment and/or non-consumable supplies purchases.
b. Wired and wireless network or internet connections (no minimum unit cost). LEA must be able to provide assurance that such connections will be used primarily for students in high-demand courses or programs request has been connected to. Cloud systems are allowable under the following conditions:
c. The system is used exclusively for the high-demand occupation under which the request was made
d. The system is used primarily by CTE students enrolled in the high-demand occupations
e. LEAs may prorate such systems based on a ratio of the attendance of CTE students enrolled in the high demand occupation for which the request has been made and attendance of non-CTE students enrolled and accessing the system. The LEA must submit a detailed explanation for such expenditure along with the grant application.

D. Installation costs (no minimum unit cost)

E. Service contracts/maintenance agreements for program specific software (no minimum unit cost). Such contracts shall not exceed the fiscal year of the grant of July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

F. Instructor training (no minimum unit cost) and not more that 25% of the requested grant funding

G. Storage cabinets for program specific equipment ($200 minimum unit cost)

H. Curriculum enhancement consisting of purchased curriculum materials, videos, DVDs, reference sets, etc. ($200 minimum unit cost).

I. Certain facility modifications necessary for enhanced instructional delivery ($200 minimum unit cost). The LEA must submit a detailed explanation for such expenditure along with the grant application.

J. Shipping is allowable on items with a minimum unit cost of $200. Shipping costs shall not be used to calculate the unit cost of an item; it is in excess of the unit cost.

For limitations on allowable costs, please refer to the Planning Guide (see Supporting Documents below).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176928

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum amount for a grant award.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds shall only be expended during the fiscal year awarded.

The grant award is July 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Note: The fiscal year for the Enhancement Grant is July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019; however the FER is due by March 31, 2019.

Multi-year service contracts are not allowed

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities: Missouri public high schools, area career centers and community colleges currently operating Department-approved occupational preparatory (long-term) career education programs offering courses eligible for grant funding. School Districts with an area career center must submit one grant that includes requests for that center as well as all district high schools.

Disallowed Costs:
A. Items under a $200 unit cost unless specifically exempted
B. Consumable supplies or materials having a useful life no more than one year
C. Student textbooks, workbooks, and guides; student testing costs
D. Monthly/annual usage charges (unless specifically allowed above, or approved by appropriate Department personnel)
E. Monthly/annual membership charges
F. New construction (i.e. building additions, annexes, storage sheds, concrete/foundations, flatwork, etc.) G. Security fencing, security lighting and parking areas
H. Curriculum development
I. Consultant services/stipends
J. Photocopying costs
K. Installation or labor costs to modify facilities
L. Furniture, including computer work stations.
M. Travel, lodging and per diem costs associated with instructor training
N. Registrations, travel, lodging and per diem costs associated with conferences, workshops, etc.
O. Expenditures exceeding specific limitations to allowed costs as noted above.
P. Multi-year service contracts
Q. Cloud computing systems that are not used exclusively by CTE students in high-demand occupations as defined for the current fiscal year.

Pre-Application Information:

Local education agencies must match the requested grant funds for instructional equipment/capital outlay expenditures on at least a 25% local/75% state basis and for other expenditures on at least a 50% local/50% state basis.

The EG-FV4 application spreadsheet/budget and all required documentation must be submitted through the Department’s online Compliance Plan web application no later than February 28, 2018, 11:59 PM.

Contact Information:

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

Submit application materials online:

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
205 Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480


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