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Career and Technical Education Student Organization Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Organizations for
Student Career and Vocational Programs

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE)

Deadline Date:

09/29/17 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts career and vocational student organizations to offer programs that ensure post-secondary success for all students. Funding is intended to close proficiency gaps and promote the continuous improvement of vocational and career education within the State.


The primary purpose of the Perkins Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization grant program is to support the priority: Increasing college and career readiness. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270 (Perkins IV) permits funds to be used for the support of career/vocational technical education student organizations, especially with respect to increasing the participation of students who are members of special populations.

Students who are members of special populations include students with disabilities, students with limited proficiency in English, students from economically disadvantaged families including foster children, students who are single parents and/or pregnant, and students pursuing careers that are nontraditional for their gender, and deliver services to increase student outcomes on the six (6) Perkins IV secondary-level core indicators of performance.

To help ensure that grant-funded initiatives are based on and aligned with research-based standards of effective practice, ESE requires that applicants connect their proposals to such standards. The Department's research-based District Standards and Indicators reflect the characteristics of successful districts, and is the framework grant applicants must use in developing their proposals. Intentionally aligning proposed initiatives to these standards and indicators will support applicants' effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds.

The Perkins Student Organization grant programs supports implementation of the following District Standard: Student Support. Applicants should identify the specific indicator(s) that their grant proposal supports.

District Standards and Indicators:

Leadership and Governance
1. Focused School Committee Governance
2. Effective District and School Leadership
3. District and School Improvement Planning
4. Educationally Sound Budget Development
5. Effective District Systems for School Support and Intervention

Curriculum and Instruction
1. Aligned, Consistently Delivered, and Continuously Improving Curriculum
2. Strong Instructional Leadership and Effective Instruction
3. Sufficient Instructional Time

1. Data Collection and Dissemination
2. Data‐Based Decision‐Making
3. Student Assessment

Human Resources and Professional Development
1. Staff Recruitment, Selection, Assignment
2. Supervision and Evaluation
3. Professional Development

Student Support
1. Academic Support
2. Access and Equity
3. Educational Continuity and Student Participation
4. Services and Partnerships to Support Learning
5. Safety

Financial and Asset Management
1. Comprehensive and Transparent Budget Process
2. Adequate Budget
3. Financial Tracking, Forecasting, Controls, and Audits
4. Cost‐Effective Resource Management
5. Capital Planning and Facility Maintenance

Applicants should also refer to ESE's additional standards of effective practice, which are linked to the specific District Standard identified below. Use of these standards is optional.

Student Support:

Tip: If connecting to this standard's Indicator 4, Partnerships and Services to Support Learning, districts may also want to integrate the Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals with their planning.

Tip: If connecting to this standard, districts may also want to integrate the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support (MTSS) and/or The Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework with their planning.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182226

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding will be allocated based on availability, and according to the number of students projected to participate in skills development competitions and leadership events at the state level (or participating in these the prior year):

-Tier 1 (up to one hundred students): Minimum of $15,000
-Tier 2 (one hundred to ten thousand students): Minimum of $40,000
-Tier 3 (above ten thousand students): Minimum of $150,000

Term of Contract:

Project duration is upon approval to 8/31/2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Department seeks to provide funds to coordinate the following statewide Massachusetts' Career/Vocational Technical Student Organizations:
-Business Professionals of America CVTSO (BPA)
-Distributive Education Clubs of America CVTSO (DECA)
-Future Farmers of America CVTSO (FFA)
-Health Occupations Students of America CVTSO (HOSA)
-SkillsUSA CVTSO (SkillsUSA)

Eligible applicants must have documented experience working with Massachusetts school district students in Chapter-74 approved CVTE programs and Perkins CTE programs.

Pre-Application Information:

The due date is Friday, September 29, 2017. Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 PM on the date due.

Contact Information:

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

David Edmonds
(781) 338-3946

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Fund Code: 414

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts