Stay informed about Coronavirus — COVID-19. Learn more
Read the initial return-to-school guidance.

Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs

FY2019: Career and Technical Education Student Organizations

Fund Code: 414


The purpose of this federally funded competitive Career/Vocational Technical education (CTE) Student Organization grant program is to help participating students prepare for success after high school. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 P.L. 109-270 (Perkins IV) permits funds to be used to support CTE Student Organization programs for the continuous improvement of Career/Vocational Technical education in Massachusetts.


Priorities for this grant include, but are not limited to:

  • Closing the proficiency gap for underserved student populations.
  • Increasing the number of special needs students participating in the program, including students with disabilities; students with limited proficiency in English; students from economically disadvantaged families; students that are single parents and/or pregnant; and students pursuing careers that are nontraditional for their gender.
  • Increasing the overall number of students needing additional wrap around support(s) to be college and career ready.
  • Increase student outcomes on the six (6) Perkins IV secondary-level core indicators of performance Download Word Document.
  • The number of students projected to participate in skill development competitions and leadership events at the national and/or state level.

To help ensure that grant funded initiatives are based on and aligned with research-based standards of effective practice, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires that applicants connect their proposals to DESE's research-based District Standards and Indicators and reflect the characteristics of successful districts. Intentionally aligning proposed initiatives to these standards and indicators will support applicants' effective planning and the strategic use of grant funds.

The CTE Student Organization grant program 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.


Eligible applicants must have documented experience working with students participating in Chapter 74 approved Vocational Technical education programs as well as Perkins programs.

Funding Type:

Federal CFDA 84.048


Funding will be available contingent on federal appropriation. A total of $450,000 will be available for this grant program. Grant awards for programming will be determined by the number of students projected to participate in skill development competitions and leadership events at the national and/or state level.

Tier 1 (up to one hundred students) — minimum of $15,000
Tier 2 (one hundred to ten thousand students) — minimum of $40,000
Tier 3 (above ten thousand students) — minimum of $150,000

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:

Applicants are advised to refer to the DESE Grants Management Procedural Manual, the Fund Use section of the RFP, and the Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual (p.15, "Unallowable Uses of Perkins IV Allocation Grant Funds") for guidance in preparing the budget.

Project Duration:

Upon approval to 8/31/2019

Pending federal budget appropriation, continuation of funding will be available for a total grant period of up to 3 years. Continuation of funding is contingent upon implementation of required grant activities and timely submission of required reporting and continuation of applications.

Program Unit:

Office for College, Career, and Technical Education


David Edmonds

Phone Number:


Date Due:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on June 15, 2018.

Required Forms:
Download Word Document
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
Download Excel Document
Part II — Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.)
Download Word Document
Part III — Required Program Information


Applicants must submit a brief description (not to exceed six (6) pages in total) of how they will increase the number of students participating in student organization activities. 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.

Email completed application to: David Edmonds.

Awarded Recipients: Upon award, recipients will be required to enter the approved budget, Part I and Part III in EdGrants. Once selected, recipients will be contacted with further instructions on the process.

Contact Us

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

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


Disclaimer: A reference in this website to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.