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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2016

Perkins-Career/Vocational Technical Student Organizations 2015-2016
Fund Code: 414

Purpose: The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is to prepare all students for postsecondary success, ensuring students are able to compete in a global economy and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens. To achieve this goal, DESE is implementing a statewide strategy that includes the following key priorities:
  • Strengthening curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Improving educator effectiveness
  • Using data and technology to support student performance
  • Turning around the lowest performing schools and districts
  • Increasing college and career readiness

The Perkins Career/Vocational Technical Student Organizations grant programs are designed to contribute to all five of these statewide priorities (where applicable) by providing funds that will support the closing of proficiency gaps for students and the continuous improvement of career/vocational technical education in Massachusetts.

The Department seeks to provide funds to coordinate the following statewide Massachusetts' Career/Vocational Technical Student Organizations:

  • Business Professionals of America CVTSO (BPA)
  • Distributive Education Clubs of America CVTSO (DECA)
  • Future Farmers of America CVTSO (FFA)
  • SkillsUSA (SkillsUSA)
Priorities: The primary purpose of the Perkins Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization grant program is to support the priority: Increasing college and career readiness. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270 (Perkins IV) permits funds to be used for the support of career/vocational technical education student organizations, especially with respect to increasing the participation of students who are members of special populations. Students who are members of special populations include students with disabilities, students with limited proficiency in English, students from economically disadvantaged families including foster children, students who are single parents and/or pregnant, and students pursuing careers that are nontraditional for their gender, and deliver services to increase student outcomes on the six (6) Perkins IV secondary-level core indicators of performance.

To help ensure that grant-funded initiatives are based on and aligned with research-based standards of effective practice, DESE requires that applicants connect their proposals to such standards. The Department's research-based District Standards and Indicators Download PDF Document, reflect the characteristics of successful districts, and is the framework grant applicants must use in developing their proposals. Intentionally aligning proposed initiatives to these standards and indicators will support applicants' effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds.

The Perkins Student Organization grant programs supports implementation of the following District Standard: Student Support. Applicants should identify the specific indicator(s) that their grant proposal supports.

Applicants should also refer to DESE's additional standards of effective practice, which are linked to the specific District Standard identified below. Use of these standards is optional.

Student Support Tip: If connecting to this standard's Indicator 4, Partnerships and Services to Support Learning, districts may also want to integrate the Massachusetts Family, School, and Community Partnership Fundamentals Download PDF Document  Download Word Document with their planning.

Tip: If connecting to this standard, districts may also want to integrate the Systems for Student Success (SfSS) and/or The Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework with their planning.

Eligibility: The school district/community college that was funded for FY15 is eligible to respond to this RFP.
Funding: Total Funds $283,000. Funds will be allocated to each Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization as identified below:
Business Professionals of America Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization (BPA) $15,000
Distributive Education Clubs of America Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization (DECA) $40,000
Future Farmers of America Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization (FFA) $50,000
SkillsUSA Career/Vocational Technical Student Organization (SkillsUSA) $178,000
  • Please note that all Career/Vocational Technical Student Organizations are being level funded for FY16. Future funding is subject to annual Perkins grant appropriations.

The grant may be renewable for additional fiscal years based upon performance and availability of funds. Perkins IV is the funding source.

Funds must be used in accordance with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual. Funds may be requested for staff who would coordinate statewide activities. Funds shall supplement, and shall not supplant, non-Federal funds. Funds shall not be requested or used for:

  1. lodging, feeding, conveying, or furnishing transportation to conventions;
  2. purchase of supplies, jackets, and other effects for students' personal ownership;
  3. cost of non-instructional activities such as athletic, social, or recreational events;
  4. printing and disseminating non-instructional newsletters;
  5. purchase of awards for recognition of students, advisors, and other individuals;
  6. payment of student membership dues;
  7. anything that would supplant non-federal funds; and
  8. mini grants.

The successful bidder will consult with the Massachusetts Vocational Association's Executive Board to plan and conduct a minimum of two (2) activities during the Massachusetts Vocational Association conferences.

Fund Use:To support Vocational/Technical Student Organizations
Project Duration:Upon Approval - 8/31/2016
Program Unit:Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact:Gary Gomes
Phone Number:(781) 338-3851
Date Due:Monday, August 31, 2015

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
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Part I - General -Signature Page - Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants
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Part II - Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
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Part III - Required Program Information

Additional Information:
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Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
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Code of Federal Regulations Applicable to Career/Vocational Student Organizations
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Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
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Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual
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Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual
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OMBCircular A - 87
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Perkins IV

Standard Contract Forms and Applications for Program Grants can legally claim expenses to the grant only from the date of final Department approval.

Submission Instructions: Submit three (3) sets of the Required Forms. Part I must bear an original signature of the Superintendent/Community College President of the institution that will serve as the lead agency.

Mail to:

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

Last Updated: August 6, 2015
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