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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Perkins Secondary Allocation Grant 2018-2019

Fund Code: 400


The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is to strengthen the Commonwealth's public education system so that every student is prepared to succeed in postsecondary education, compete in the global economy, and understand the rights and responsibilities of American citizens, and in so doing, to close all proficiency gaps.

The goal of Massachusetts' public K–12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Our five core strategies to accelerate the pace of school improvement are:

  1. Strengthening standards, curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  2. Promoting educator development
  3. Supporting social-emotional learning, health, and safety
  4. Turning around the state's lowest performing districts and schools
  5. Enhancing resource allocation and data use

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support DESE's standards and priorities.

The purpose of this federal grant is to assist school districts in improving secondary-level programs that meet the definition of career and technical education as contained in the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L.109-270 (Perkins IV).


The priority is to close the achievement gap for special populations on the Perkins IV core indicators of performance as set forth in Perkins IV.


Information on eligibility is contained in theMassachusetts Perkins IV Manual.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.048

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Perkins Secondary Allocations

Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding is to become available it will be distributed under the same guideline as listed in the initial RFP document.

Fund Use:

Perkins IV allocation funds must be used in accordance with Perkins IV and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual. Funds shall supplement and not supplant non-Federal funds.

Project Duration:

Upon approval through 08/31/2019

Program Unit:

Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning


Federal Grant Programs

Phone Number:

(781) 338-6230

Date Due:

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Grants will be reviewed as they are received. To assure funds will be available for the beginning of the school year, submit the Application Submission in EdGrants on or prior to the desired start date.

Required Forms:
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Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants) Note: Please sign and date your cover page and ensure the amount matches the amount budgeted
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Part II — Budget Template (This is a budget template for the applicant to use as part of planning discussions in order to prepare for officially entering it into EdGrants. The actual final budget will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.)
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Part III — Required Program Information-Notes Table

Required if applicable:

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Schedule A Attachment

Additional Information:
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Perkins Quick Reference Guide — Secondary on allowable and unallowable costs
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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 and Perkins Act

Applicants can may only legally claim expenses to the grant only starting from the date of final DESE approval. Therefore, to expedite approval, it is essential to have district contact staff that can be reached in July and August to respond to questions, as needed.


Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants.

In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:

FY19 400 Perkins Applicant Name

All required forms should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List format of the Application Submission. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature as well as Part III required forms, and Schedule A form, if applicable to your district. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.

For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides and Information.

Please note: It is up to the institution to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users in order to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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