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Work-Based Learning Initiative (WBLI)

Grants to New Mexico School Districts and Charter Schools
to Provide Students with Work-Based Educational Experiences

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New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) - College and Career Readiness Bureau

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 - After the deadline, applications are accepted semi-monthly until all funds are committed.


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Grants of up to $50,000 to New Mexico school districts and state-directed charter schools to enhance the quality and quantity of work-based educational programs offered to students. Funding is intended to increase employability skills and career readiness, and improve high school graduation rates.

The Work-Based Learning Initiative funding provided by this application is intended to increase high school graduation rates by enhancing the quality and quantity of work-based learning experiences offered to students. Work-based learning experiences will be enhanced by developing relationships with employers and developing and enhancing a sequenced program of study that focuses on basic employability skills and career readiness preparation.

The WBLI is a school-to-career program where students receive career exploration guidance, learn work-ready skills, and take assessments in school that are aligned to the needs of employers in careers of their choice. Students are guided into work-based learning experiences where they learn on-the-job skills that lead them to postsecondary institutions and eventually into a professional career.

The funding may be used to pay a portion of a salary, curriculum development or purchase, outreach to employers, career awareness activities for students, and curriculum alignment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184337

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant welcomes applications that request up to $50,000. An additional $10,000 may be requested for nontraditional programs of study with embedded work-based learning experiences.

Term of Contract:

Depending upon ongoing funding, the NM PED plans to commit to funding selected LEAs for three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public school districts and state directed charter schools (Local Education Agencies-LEAs) are eligible to apply.

Funds will not be used to acquire equipment (including computer software) that results in direct financial benefit to any organization representing the interest of the purchasing entity or its employees or any affiliate of such organization.

Perkins funds will not be used to supplant program activities or services being funded with State and local funds.

Provisions will be made to provide equal access to programs and opportunities for all students who desire to participate in career-technicalservices, programs, and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline
- Release of Application: September 4, 2018
- Rolling Deadline to Submit Application: September 28, 2018, then semi-monthly thereafter until all funds are committed.
- Award Notification: Rolling
- Annual Report Submission Due: June 30, 2019

Contact Information:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Mexico