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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2013

Perkins FFA An Organization for Students Studying Agriculture 2012-2013
Fund Code: 414-A4

Purpose: The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) 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 state's grant programs serve to strengthen school and district capacity by supporting implementation of ESE's District Standards and Indicators and the state's high priority strategies for increasing student performance.

The five key priorities that ESE has identified for increasing student performance statewide include: preparing students for college and career; strengthening curriculum and instruction; strengthening educator effectiveness; supporting data use to improve policy decisions and student achievement; and turning around our lowest performing schools. The Perkins grant program is intended to support all five (where applicable) by continuously improving career/vocational technical education in Massachusetts.

Applicants for this grant opportunity should be deliberate and intentional in the use of grant funds to support ESE's standards and priorities. In particular, the Perkins grant program may support implementation of the following standards: Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment, Professional Development, and Student Support.

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. ESE seeks to provide funds to coordinate the Massachusetts FFA student organization statewide.
Priorities: Priorities are to increase the participation of students who are members of special populations (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 non-traditional for their gender).
Eligibility: The school district that was funded for 2011-2012 is eligible to respond to this continuation funding opportunity.
Funding: Total Funds Available: $50,000. The grant may be renewable for additional fiscal years based upon performance and availability of funds. Perkins IV is the funding source.
Fund Use: 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.
Project Duration: Upon Approval - 8/31/2013
Program Unit: Office for Career/Vocational Technical Education
Contact: Margie Roberts
Phone Number: (781) 338-3951
Date Due: A rolling submission period has been established for submission of the Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants. In order to be reasonably assured that funds will be available early in the college/school year, the Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants should be submitted by Friday, October 26, 2012.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download Excel Document  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF Document Download Word Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Additional Information:
  1. View HTML Page  Budget Detail - Description of Line Item Information
  2. View HTML Page  Code of Federal Regulations Applicable to Career/Vocational Student Organizations
  3. View External Link  Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR)
  4. View HTML Page  Grants for Schools: Getting Them and Using Them, A Procedural Manual
  5. View HTML Page  Massachusetts Perkins IV Manual
  6. View External Link  OMB Circular A - 87
  7. View HTML Page  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 of the district that will serve as the lead agency.

Mail to:

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

Last Updated: October 8, 2012
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