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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Career and Technical Education Partnership Grant
Fund Code: 405

Purpose: The purpose of this federally funded competitive Career and Technical Education (CTE) Partnership planning grant (phase 1) is to support regional and local partnerships to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities, primarily through more effective use and integration of existing capacity and resources. Eligible students include secondary and other students served under the Carl D. Perkins Improvement Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L. 109-270 Download PDF Document  Download Word Document. Services provided are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.

Priorities: Priority will be given to applicants that:
  • Convene regional/local partners to expand existing and/or develop new CTE programs and initiatives that increase student access to CTE opportunities. Partnerships include, but are not limited to: vocational/technical high schools, comprehensive high schools, community colleges, publicly-funded adult education institutions, workforce development boards, businesses, economic development agencies, and community-based organizations that offer publicly funded educational services. Partnerships should result in opportunities to sustain CTE programming after the funding for planning and implementation sunsets.
  • Leverage the use of existing resources among the participating partners, in order to maximize capacity, impact, and sustainability.
  • Develop innovative models and action plans that would lead to an implementation strategy and grant (phase 2) intended to increase student seats and access to Career Technical Education (CTE) training for jobs which are in demand and aligned with current labor market data.
  • Serve traditionally underserved populations.
  • Provide students with a sequence of courses that will lead to technical skill proficiency, an industry-recognized credential, and/or an associate's degree.
  • Ensure proposed programs will integrate academic and technical content into new programs and/or the expansion of current programs.
The student population served through this funding opportunity may include grades 7 through 14, including access to apprenticeship programs.

The planning process might, for example, target students on CTE wait lists; facilities reconfiguration or improvement; accommodate new program models; or include a local funding match so programs are scalable and sustainable beyond the grant period.

Innovative models may include, but are not limited to:
  • The provision of CTE courses/programs at regional/comprehensive schools during after school hours and weekends.
  • Making an existing facility available to another school.
  • The creation of a half-day split schedule so students can spend half a day in their CTE courses/programs, and the other half in other coursework.
  • The creation of partnerships with local businesses to serve as host sites for teacher-supervised CTE learning environments.
  • Career pathways development.
  • The creation of partnerships between CTE programs and Adult Career Pathway programs.
  • Shifting programs between/among schools to increase the potential for expanding specialized space (e.g. moving an IT program to a comprehensive/traditional school to allow expansion of Advanced Manufacturing program space at a vocational technical school).
  • The creation of technically-focused schools-within-schools.
Note: Applicants receiving funds through this planning grant does not automatically guarantee funding for an implementation grant.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include school districts, school consortia, collaborative, or community colleges. Please identify and indicate in the application which partner will serve as project lead for this initiative.

Partner agencies may include: employers, other publicly-funded educational institutions, workforce development boards, or community-based organizations that provide publicly funded educational services, but cannot include private proprietary schools or private postsecondary institutions. Applicants must submit a Schedule C in order to identify proposed partners in this planning grant.

Application Requirements: The Lead Applicant must submit a brief description (not to exceed six (6) pages in total) of the planning effort, including: the proposed program(s) to be expanded, and how the effort will add CTE capacity through non-traditional partnerships. All narrative responses must be in Arial 10 point font, with one (1) inch margins. The Budget is not included in the page limit. Applicants are required to provide page numbers on every page of the proposal, including appendices and material not subject to the page limits. Additional attachments are permitted but will not factor into final scoring.

Proposals must also include signed letters of commitment from all partners.

Budget (See Required Forms)

Funding: Eligible applicants may apply for up to $10,000 for one (1) planning grant. It is anticipated that the total amount available will be $100,000 for planning grants and a total of $710,000 for implementation grants, contingent on funding availability. Maximum Individual award amounts for implementation grants will be $150,000.The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L.109-270 is the funding source for these grants.

Fund Use: Grant funds must be used to support collaborative planning among local partners to develop an implementation plan for activities/initiatives that will increase student seats and student access to CTE pathways/programs, particularly for underserved populations. All planning activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.

Funds may be used for:
  1. Stipends to support convening and planning.
  2. Consultant and contract fees to provide planning-related professional development.
  3. Other costs that are negotiated with the Department.
Recipients of these planning funds will be required to submit a final report including a proposed implementation outline to the Department describing:
  • The outcomes of the planning process.
  • A description of the strategies the recipient will use to address the five (5) priorities identified in this Request for Proposals and what support/resources will be necessary to implement these strategies. The final report will not exceed five (5) pages, single-spaced, 10 point Arial font.
  • How the funds were used.
The planning grant is the first phase of a two phase process which will result in implementation funding for plans that will have the greatest impact on increasing access to CTE programs for students. Perkins funds must be spent in accordance with Perkins guidelines. For allowable uses of Perkins funds, please refer to the Perkins IV Manual Download PDF Document  Download Word Document.
Project Duration: July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016. All funds must be obligated and activities completed by September 30, 2016, with a final report completed by October 31, 2016. This is intended to provide sufficient time for bidders to respond to the phase 2 implementation grant opportunity, based on the phase 1 final report. The phase 2 implementation grant opportunity will have a tentative due date of October 31, 2016.
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Gary Gomes:
Required Prior to Grant Submission: Interested applicants must submit an email indicating their intent to apply to This non-binding intent to apply must include: 1) the name(s) of the lead school district, consortia, collaborative, or public postsecondary institution for which the applicant seeks planning funding; and 2) the contact information (name, title, email address, and phone number) for the applicant and lead personnel who should be included on any communications regarding this grant program prior to the submission of a full application.

Intent to Apply Email Due: Friday, May 13, 2016

Bidders' Conference: There will be one web-based Bidders' conference. The information will be posted on the Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education's webpage.

Date Due:Completed grant proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (Note: The phase 2 implementation grant proposal submission deadline is tentatively scheduled for October 31, 2016.)

Required Forms:
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Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages).
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Part III — Required Program Information
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Schedule C — Statement of Participation and Support
Additional Information:
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Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual

Submission Instructions: Submit four (4) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director/College President.

Mail to:

Margie Roberts
Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: March 31, 2016
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