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Grants to Mississippi Local School Districts for Educational
and Workforce Preparedness Programs for Students

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

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10/11/21 2:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants of $3,000 to Mississippi local school districts to offer educational assistance and workforce preparedness programs to students. Funding is intended to support services that benefit high school students and to promote interest in non-traditional courses of study.

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Office of Career and Technical Education (OCTE), is seeking competitive written proposals to allocate funds to local school districts for the purpose of assisting Student Services Coordinators with implementing activities to increase enrollment, recruitment, retention, and opportunities for success in non-traditional programs. The Program’s goal is to support Non-traditional services in local school districts. 

Non-traditional Programs for which this RFP applies:

  • Non-traditional Programs for Females:
    • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
    • Architecture and Construction
    • Arts, A/V Technology
    • Information Technology
    • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
    • Manufacturing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
    • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • Non-traditional Programs for Males:
    • Education and Training
    • Finance
    • Health Sciences
    • Hospitality and Tourism II

For allowable uses of funds, see p.12 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185641

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant will be awarded in the amount of $3,000 for the project period.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities meeting all of the following criteria are eligible to submit a proposal in response to this RFP.
A. Mississippi school districts are eligible to submit proposals in response to this RFP.
B. Have an active DUNS Number. After receiving a DUNS number from the Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) website, your entity must register with Any person or organization that is debarred from receiving Federal funds is not eligible to apply.
C. Good Standing: Grantees that previously received a grant award must be in good standing with MDE to receive a grant award through this RFP.
For additional information on these criteria, see page 3 of the RFP, in Supporting Documents, below.

Unallowable Expenditures
- Commencement and convocation costs
- Entertainment
- Food/Drink
- Gifts, door prizes, etc.
- Monetary awards
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

Tentative Timeline of Activities:
- September 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM: Deadline for submitting questions
- September 17, 2021: Questions and responses will be posted to the MDE website
- October 11, 2021: Proposals must be received by 2:00 p.m CST
- October 13, 2021: Evaluation of proposals
- October 28, 2021: Notification of awards

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the State of Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Education will not accept hand/personal deliveries for advertised Invitation for Bids, Requests for Proposals, Applications, or Qualifications until further notice.

Contact Information:

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

One (1) original of the sealed proposal must be shipped (FedEx, UPS, etc.) to:
Monique Corley, Director
Office of Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education
Non-traditional Participation Grant RFP
359 North West Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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