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Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program

Grants to USA LEAs, IHEs, SEAs, Agencies, and CTE Schools
to Evaluate and Improve Career and Technical Education

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U.S. Department of Education - Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE)

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06/14/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories LEAs, IHEs, SEAs, educational agencies, CTE schools, and consortia to support, evaluate, and identify innovative evidence-based strategies to modernize and improve career and technical education. Required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The Department plans to award at least 25 percent of the available funds to applicants serving eligible rural communities, contingent on the receipt of a sufficient number of applications of sufficient quality.

The purpose of the Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program is to identify, support, and rigorously evaluate Evidence-Based and innovative strategies and activities to improve and modernize Career and Technical Education (CTE) and ensure workforce skills taught in CTE programs funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006, as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V or the Act) align with labor market needs.


- Absolute Priority - Applications must meet this priority: Plan for Evidence-Based Field-Initiated Innovations. To meet this priority, applicants must submit a plan to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale Evidence-Based, field-initiated innovations to modernize and to improve effectiveness and alignment of CTE with labor market needs and to improve student outcomes in CTE.
- Competitive Preference Priority 1--Promoting STEM Education and Computer Science Education. Projects designed to improve student achievement or other education outcomes in one or more of the following areas: Science, technology, engineering, math, and Computer Science.
- Competitive Preference Priority 2--Serving Students from Low-Income Families (up to 3 points). Projects designed to predominantly serve students from low-income families.
- Competitive Preference Priority 3--Serving Students in Qualified Opportunity Zones (two points). Projects designed to promote economic mobility by serving students residing or attending CTE programs in Qualified Opportunity Zones.
- Invitational Priority: For FY 2019, and any subsequent year in which awards will be made from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is an invitational priority: Spurring Investment in CTE from Qualified Opportunity Funds. Under this priority, an applicant must provide evidence in its application that it has received or will receive financial assistance from a qualified opportunity fund under section 1400Z-2 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, for a purpose directly related to its proposed project, especially for property including needed equipment and technology.

Section 114(e)(1) of Perkins V requires the strategies and activities funded under this program to be not only innovative, but also Evidence-Based, using the definition of "evidence-based'' from the ESEA. For more information on the definition of Evidence-Based, see the Federal Register notice in Pre-Application Information or Attached Files below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 185924

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Estimated Range of Awards: $400,000-$500,000
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $450,000

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Project Period: Up to 60 months. It is anticipated that initial awards under this competition will be made for a three-year (36-month) period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply under this competition:
(a) An Eligible Entity.
(b) An Eligible Institution.
(c) An Eligible Recipient.

Eligible Entity means a consortium that includes the following:
(a) Representatives of not less than 2 of the following categories of entities, 1 of which shall serve as the fiscal agent for the consortium:
(1) An LEA or a consortium of such agencies.
(2) An educational service agency serving secondary school students.
(3) An area CTE school or a consortium of such schools.
(4) An Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal educational agency.
(5) An IHE whose most common degree awarded is an associate degree, or a consortium of such institutions.
(6) An IHE whose most common degree awarded is a bachelor's or higher degree, or a consortium of such institutions.
(7) An SEA.
(b) One or more business or industry representative partners, which may include representatives of local or regional businesses or industries, including industry or sector partnerships in the local area, local workforce development boards, or labor organizations.
(c) One or more stakeholders, which may include--
(1) Parents and students;
(2) Representatives of local agencies serving out-of-school youth, homeless children and youth, and at-risk youth (as defined in section 1432 of the ESEA (20 U.S.C. 6472));
(3) Representatives of Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations, where applicable;
(4) Representatives of minority-serving institutions (as described in paragraphs (1) through (7) of section 371(a) of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1067q (a)), where applicable;
(5) Representatives of Special Populations;
(6) Representatives of adult CTE providers; or
(7) Other relevant community stakeholders.

Eligible Institution means--
(a) A consortium of 2 or more of the entities described in subparagraphs (b) through (f);
(b) A public or nonprofit private IHE that offers and will use funds provided under this title in support of CTE courses that lead to technical skill proficiency or a Recognized Postsecondary Credential, including an industry-recognized credential, a certificate, or an associate degree;
(c) An LEA providing education at the postsecondary level;
(d) An area CTE school providing education at the postsecondary level;
(e) An Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal education agency that operates a school or may be present in the State;
(f) A Postsecondary Educational Institution controlled by the Bureau of Indian Education or operated by or on behalf of any Indian Tribe that is eligible to contract with the Secretary of the Interior for the administration of programs under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5301 et seq.) or the Act of April 16, 1934 (25 U.S.C. 5342 et seq.);
(g) A tribally controlled college or university; or
(h) An educational service agency.

Eligible Recipient means--
(a) An LEA (including a public charter school that operates as an LEA), an area CTE school, an educational service agency, an Indian Tribe, Tribal organization, or Tribal educational agency or a consortium, eligible to receive assistance under section 131; or
(b) An Eligible Institution or consortium of Eligible Institutions eligible to receive assistance under section 132.
Evidence-Based, when used with respect to State, LEA, or school activity, means an activity, strategy, or intervention that--
(1) Demonstrates a Rationale based on high-quality research findings or positive evaluation that such activity, strategy, or intervention is likely to improve student outcomes or other Relevant Outcomes; and
(2) Includes ongoing efforts to examine the effects of such activity, strategy, or intervention.

Pre-proposal Conference:

OCTAE will host a webinar for prospective applicants on the new Perkins Innovation and Modernization Grant Program on Thursday, April 25 at 2:00 PM Eastern time. All interested applicants are encouraged to participate in this webinar. Please register at:

Registration will generate an email sent to the registrant with connection information.

For more information:

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications Available: April 15, 2019.
- Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a notice of intent to apply by May 15, 2019.
- Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: June 14, 2019.
- Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: August 13, 2019.

Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date- and time-stamped by
the system no later than 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the application deadline date.

For access to further instructions on how to apply using, refer to:

To do business with the Department, and to submit your application electronically using, you must—
a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);
b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (, the Government’s primary registrant database;
c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and
d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review
by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the following
website: A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days.

The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the database.

An applicant must, through cash or in-kind contributions, provide matching funds from non-Federal sources in an amount equal to not less than 50 percent of the funds provided under such grant. Applicants may wish to partner with their Perkins State Eligible Agency 6 in order to pool fiscal and other resources, combine expertise, and coordinate project activities with the State's leadership activities funded under section 124 of Perkins V.

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

Laura Messenger, U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Room 11028
Washington, DC 20202-7241
Telephone: (202) 245-7840

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll-free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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