Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) - College and Career Readiness Division
Grants to Illinois nonprofits, local education agencies, community organizations, and IHEs for educational conferences related to career preparation among high school and postsecondary students. Applicants must pre-qualify prior to applying. Funding is intended to expand and enhance the knowledge, content, and skills of secondary career and technical education educators, administrators, and counselors, as well as postsecondary faculty, and promote transition and alignment of programs to improve student success.
The program will deliver CTE conferences in two different geographical locations in the state. The purpose of the program and conferences is to develop high school and college students' technical skills, employability, and academic knowledge, which align with labor market needs, prepare students for in-demand careers, and provide all students with opportunities to explore careers, develop marketable skills, and engage in lifelong learning. Conference activity should include strands for teachers of grades 5-8 in the form of career-connected exploration.
Conference must, at a minimum, align with the statewide definition of career and technical education and ISBE's Board goals and equity principles. Conference activities must provide high-quality, research-based professional learning and development opportunities appropriate for CTE teachers, school counselors, and administrators, support staff primarily in grades 9-12, and provide career-connected exploration and activities for middle grade educators. The learning experience shall provide the target audience with the knowledge and skills to enhance and develop integrated curriculum, shall instill a higher level of academic and industry knowledge and skills for effective applied learning, and shall review methods of developing and utilizing data sets designed to improve student achievement and enhance further programs.
The successful applicant must have experience in developing, maintaining, and effectively managing a conference website and an extensive database to record event data, such as registration, potential and past speakers, hotel information, agendas, evaluations, and mailing list, and provide reporting data to the state. The project may include conference registration fees on a cost-recovery basis only (not for profit) to provide conference meals and other costs not covered by the grant.
For information about performance criteria, see:
For allowable expenses, see page 9 of the Guidelines.
GrantWatch ID#: 186474
An amount not to exceed $250,000
The grant period will begin no sooner than July 1, 2019, and will extend from the execution date of the grant until June 30, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://grants.illinois.gov/portal/
Mail original and electronic copy to:
College and Career Readiness Division
Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. 1st St. C-215
Springfield, IL 62777
Reception Area, 1st Floor
100 N. First Street
Springfield IL 62777
Marci Johnson, Director, Curriculum and Instruction
College and Career Readiness
Phone: (217) 524-4832
CSFA Number: 586-18-1014