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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2017

Connecting Activities STEM Career Vocational Technical Education Grant
Fund Code: 426

Purpose: The purpose of this state-funded competitive Connecting Activities STEM Career Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) Grant is to offer access to career exploration and immersion experiences for CVTE students that are underrepresented in STEM fields to incentivize them to pursue STEM careers. The career experiences will be designed and implemented by Workforce Development Boards in partnership with at least one high school with CVTE programming. Eligible students are secondary students enrolled in either Chapter 74 or Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (Perkins) programs. Services provided are to supplement currently funded local, state, and federal programs.

Priorities: Priority will be given to applicants that:
  • Offer well-designed experiences for eligible students that expose them to STEM fields, particularly those in the innovation technology realm.

  • Have a well-developed partnership agreement with at least one high school offering CVTE programming that reflects a commitment to the targeted population.

  • Demonstrate a strong basis for the specific industries that will be highlighted in grant-funded activities.

Eligibility: The 16 local Workforce Development Boards are the only eligible applicants, partnering with at least one high school currently offering one or more Career Vocational Technical Education programs funded either by Chapter 74 or Perkins.

Funding: Eligible applicants may apply for one grant ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. The total amount available for these grants is $250,000 through the state's Connecting Activities initiative (Line item 7027-0019).

Fund Use: Grant funds must be used to implement STEM programs/initiatives that will offer career exploration and/or immersion activities as described in the Career Development Education Activities Guide and Glossary. All implementation activities must be appropriate and consistent with all applicable state and federal requirements.

Funds may be used for:
  1. Staffing costs necessary to implement the proposed program/activity;

  2. Consultant and contract fees necessary to implement the proposed program/activity;

  3. Supplies and equipment necessary to implement the program; and

  4. Other costs that are negotiated with the Department.

No funds may be used to pay student wages, or to purchase computers or other hardware. Funds may not be used to supplant local resources.

Final Report: Recipients of these funds will be required to submit a final report on or before July 31, 2017, not to exceed five (5) pages, double-spaced. All submissions must be in Arial 10 point font, with one (1) inch margins, provided on one-sided, standard 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper. The final report should include:
  • A summary of outcomes, including the number of students served, STEM fields addressed, and participating employers;

  • Challenges encountered during the grant period;

  • Any plans to institutionalize, continue or scale up the program or project; and

  • How the funds were used.

Project Duration: Upon approval through June 30, 2017. All funds must be obligated and activities completed by June 30, 2017.

Program Unit: Office for College, Career, and Technical Education

Contact: Shailah Stewart 781-338-3904

Date Due: Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. Individuals delivering materials in person are encouraged to request a time-stamped receipt for their delivery.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Workbook
(Print and mail with the proposal all four budget and budget narrative pages.)
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information
Download Word Document
Schedule C — Statement of Participation and Support

Submission Instructions: Applicants should submit two hard copies of their application with original signatures of the Workforce Development Board Executive Director and email electronic files of the entire submission to: charrington@doe.mass.edu

Mail to:

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906
ATTN: Carrie Harrington


Last Updated: December 7, 2016
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