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Grants to Mississippi School Districts to
Support Career Readiness Programs

Perkins Reserve Grant

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE)

Deadline Date:

11/18/21 2:00 PM CST - Receipt


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Grants to Mississippi public school districts for career preparation programs. Interested applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Priority will be given to applicants from rural areas, areas with disparities or gaps in performance, and areas with high numbers of CTE participants. The purpose of this program is to support the development and implementation of Career and Technical Education career academies that incorporate components of the National Career Academy Coalition’s National Standards of Practice (NCAC NSOPs).

The Program’s goal is to promote the development, implementation, and adoption of programs of study or career pathways aligned with state-identified high-skill, high-wage, or in-demand occupations or industries through career academies. 

Program Activities:

  • Each eligible school district receiving an award will use the funds to carry out activities that align with obtaining certification as a Career Academy based on the NCAC NSOPs. Grantees are also obligated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to ensure that their proposed program activities are outlined and are accessible to persons with disabilities.

Expenditures Related to the Following Activities are Allowable:

  • Career guidance and counseling;
  • Curriculum development;
  • Instructional material and supplies;
  • Classroom Equipment;
  • Professional Development and Training;
  • Testing Materials;
  • Software and Hardware;
  • Industry certification exams;
  • Model reviews; and
  • Subscriptions/memberships fees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181661

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant will be awarded in the amount of $48,000 for the project period.

Term of Contract:

A subgrant award for this RFP will be made available for the following project period: the date all parties sign the Grant Agreement through September 30, 2022, contingent upon the availability of continued funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Mississippi public school districts with CTE Programs.

Pre-Application Information:

- October 18, 2021 - October 25, 2021: RFP Issued - Email and Post to MDE Website/Newspaper
- October 28, 2021: Deadline for submitting questions
- November 2, 2021: Questions will be posted to the MDE website
- November 18, 2021: Proposals due
- December 1-2, 2021: Evaluation of proposals
- December 15, 2021: Notification of awards

One (1) original copy of the sealed proposal must be received on November 18, 2021, by 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is October 28, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

All grantees must have an active DUNS number that is unrestricted and accessible at A DUNS number is a unique nine-character number used to identify your organization. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated to organizations. The federal government uses the DUNS number to track how federal money is allocated to organizations. Please visit for more information on how to obtain a DUNS number.

After receiving a DUNS number from the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) website, your entity must follow the Step 2 and register with Any person or organization that is debarred from receiving Federal funds is not eligible to apply. Please visit for more information on how to register your DUNS number. Verification of the registration of the active DUNS must be submitted with the proposal (e.g., correspondence indicating the status and expiration date, DUNS and Bradstreet letter, etc.) Please remember that your DUNS must be unrestricted and accessible to the public. Failure to follow both Step 1 and Step 2 to obtain and register your DUNS number will result in rejection of the proposal.

Contact Information:

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

Written questions concerning the RFP should be emailed to: Rozelia Harris,

Ship Proposals (FedEx, UPS, etc.)to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
FY21 Perkins Reserve Grant RFP
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

PLEASE NOTE: In person deliveries of proposals will not be accepted or considered for an award.

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USA: Mississippi

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